MMMM: Mindfulness, Meditation and Mental health May- is a month of quotes, books and (sometimes unexpected) resources to reflect on, to help have a happier, more mindful life.
Regular book reviews will continue on Fridays.
Quote of the day:
“Each place is the right place–the place where I now am can be a sacred space.”
― Ravi Ravindra, The Wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra
Resource of the Day:
How was your weekend? Relaxing? Fun? Rejuvenating? Or was it more hectic, tiring, and busy? The art of being still, of resting, is one that we seem to have to relearn.
Katrina Onstad has spent some time thinking and writing about the pitfalls of the jam packed weekend and the benefit of taking time out. She has written a book, and a shorter article summarising the ideas.
Book of the Day:
The Weekend Novelist by Robert J Ray and Bret Norris
So you have decided you want to spend your weekends doing something you are passionate about? Or you want to write a book while holding down a day job?
This book is a guidebook for how to write a novel, broken up into different topics for each weekend or fortnight. It starts with plotting and just getting your writing flowing. Then there are sections on character building, scene building, writing the climax, writing a dream etc. For each section there are exercises to get you going and examples from well known books.
There are many different ways to write a book, and I am sure that for many people, just doing their own thing works best. I think this book would mostly be useful in a few situations: when you really just don’t know where to start, when you reach a road block in your plotting, or if you are the type of person who likes a plan and structure. I suspect that I will use it as a touch stone- kind of work my way through it, but go off on tangents where my story/inspiration take me, and then come back to it when that tangent is exhausted.
I think one of the main benefits of a book like this is the belief it gives you- that you can write and complete a book in the nearish future- that it doesn’t have to take 5 years. It can help remind you that if you keep going, you will get there.