You Should Be Writing by Brenda Knight and Nita Sweeney
About The Book:
Write to document, reflect, and heal. Countless studies show the mental and physical health benefits of expressive writing. Writing about personal and global trauma not only reconciles the consequences trauma caused, but rejuvenates body, mind, and soul. Now is the perfect time to pick up a pen. Whether in a free verse poem expressing your mental state, an epic novel to creatively purge emotions, or a journal to record these times for future generations, start now. Take care of yourself: pick up a journal and write it all down. Brenda Knight and Nita Sweeney’s decades of teaching, writing, and publishing experience has shown them firsthand the enormous power of writing. These award-winning authors would love to share their wisdom with you through their inspirational and instructive writing journal, You Should Be Writing. Sweeney and Knight’s writing journal, with quotes from a variety of authors to serve as prompts, and micro-essays for encouragement, provides the motivation necessary to help writers start, continue, or finish. Whether aspiring or experienced, anyone who has ever been stunned by the blank page will benefit from the wisdom their journal offers.
About The Authors:
Brenda Knight began her career at Harper Collins, working with luminaries Paolo Coelho, Marianne Williamson, and Huston Smith. Knight was awarded Indie Fab’s Publisher of the Year in 2014 at the American Library Association. She is the author of Wild Women and Books, The Grateful Table, Be a Good in the World, and Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award. Knight is a poet, writer, and editor. She also serves as President of the Women’s National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter, and is an instructor at the annual San Francisco Writers Conference, Central Coast Writers Conference and wherever she can be with fellow writers. She resides in San Francisco, CA.
Nita Sweeney’s articles, essays, and poems have appeared in Buddhist America, Dog World, Dog Fancy, Writer’s Journal, Country Living, Pitkin Review, Spring Street, WNBA-SF blog, and in several newspapers and newsletters. She writes the blog, BumGlue and publishes the monthly email, Write Now Newsletter. Her memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink, was short-listed for the 2018 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Award. Nita earned a journalism degree from The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, a law degree from The Ohio State University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College. When she’s not writing and teaching, Nita runs. She has completed three full marathons, twenty-six half marathons (in eighteen states), and more than sixty shorter races. Nita lives in central Ohio with her husband and biggest fan, Ed, and her yellow Labrador running partner, Scarlet (aka #ninetyninepercentgooddog).
I love journals of any kind. I have random ones all over. When I die, there is gonna be a heck of a life story. And isn't that what journaling is about? To have some documentation that you were in the world, for future generations to read. Also, it can be therapeutic to write. I try to get Callan to journal with me. I think it is an important activity that every kid should do. So this journal - You Should Be Writing - is exactly what we needed. I only wish it was longer.
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