Thinking Write
by Kelly L. Stone

Adams Media, 2009. ISBN 978-1-605-50132-1.
Reviewed by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
Posted on 06/17/2010

Nonfiction: Creative Life

I decided to read and review this book to see if there were any new ideas out there to improve my writing and was pleasantly surprised to find so much helpful information. If you're ready to tap into your subconscious (which is like a giant computer system with multiple input sources), then Thinking Write is just what you're looking for.

Stone starts with an insightful explanation of how our brain works by storing material that we can use in our writing—even though we don't know it's there until we look for it. Since our attention span is limited, we can only focus on one thing at a time. However, everything that passes through our minds is stored permanently. By making the most of our subconscious, we can finish our novel, or collection of poems, or our book of family memories.

Some of the suggestions for creating our ideal writing life are these: remember and keep a dream journal, spend time in nature, have the color green in our writing space, focus on our breathing, use different styles of music to create moods, be silent, and most important, have our own place to write, filled with items that are special and inspirational. We should establish a routine before we write that will help us move from "world mode" to "creative mode." We should get mundane tasks out of the way before we begin writing. However, the key is that we must spend time with our writing every day.

Stone says, "How you conduct yourself on a daily basis impresses upon your subconscious what you believe about yourself. Making a commitment to write and surrounding yourself with people who reinforce this is a powerful way to become a creative, talented writer. To get genuine intent you first need genuine belief."

A CD is included that's designed to help put the tools that you read about into practice—such as basic relaxation techniques and creative visualization.

Kelly L. Stone has been using the power of her subconscious mind for thirty years. She is a licensed professional counselor who holds a master's degree in counseling. Her articles and essays have appeared in Family Circle, Writer's Digest, The Toastmaster, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Cup of Comfort. Her first published novel, Grave Secret, earned a three-star review from Romantic Times Book Review, who called it "powerful" and "well-written." She lives in Gainesville, FL. Visit her website.

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