I had an opportunity to review Use Your Words, A writing Guide for Mothers. While this book focuses on the topics surrounding Motherhood, it can be translated to any aspect to your life....Mother or not, there is a lot to get out of this book. It is designed to be a guide for get the creative juices flowing by getting the words of your life out and your stories told.
I need to confess that I am not done with the book so I can't critique it line by line. But I will say, I am loving it so far. This book is helping me overcome my crazy case of writers block. I have always loved writing but sometimes I just stare at a blank page or I am just too darn tired to care. Each chapter has writing exercises and fantastic examples from other authors telling their stories. One quote that stuck out was a quote from Patricia Hampl when discussing a first draft ... "I haven't yet gotten to know it, haven't given it a chance to tell me anything". That was kind of an "A-HA" (Oprah shudder) moment because for me writing has become a form of self discovery and not just a way to clutter up the Internet with my random thoughts. Those words made stop and realize that my time spent plugging away telling stories is more than just a time suck.
Who is Kate Hopper?
Kate Hopper teaches writing online and at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Kate holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and has been the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, and a Sustainable Arts Grant. Her writing has appeared in a number of journals, including Brevity, Literary Mama, and The New York Times online. She is an editor at Literary Mama. For more information about Kate’s writing and classes, visit www.katehopper.com.
On a personal note, I got to meet Kate Hopper at the Train Like a Mother Tour Party a few weeks ago. She is as down to earth as they come and hysterical! Plus, she lives in one of the coolest places on earth (Minneapolis) and is a fellow University of Minnesota Alumni(Go Gophers!). How is that for name dropping???? She teaches some classes locally and it is on my list to attend one of them (perhaps then I can learn to properly string sentences together and clean up my grammar).
Now for the exciting part.....
It is your turn to show off YOUR writing skills. Grab your laptop or a trusty pen and paper and get started.
In 600 words or less,think about the time when your child (or one of your children) was born, when she first arrived home, or even before she was born. If you adopted your child, maybe you want to focus on the first time you saw her photo. Is there a certain smell, sound, taste, texture, or picture that comes to mind? Start with that. Write it down. What other concrete details do you remember? Let your mind wander. Jump from image to image. Try to use as many sensory, concrete details as you can. Don’t pick up your pen—just keep moving it across the paper—and don’t worry about grammar or spelling.
If those early days and months feel too far removed, choose another period in your child’s life that seemed particularly vivid to you, and begin writing details from that time.
Email your submission to me at email@example.com. I will choose the winning submission on May 31st. The winning submission will win a copy of Use Your Words, A Writing Guide for Mother and be considered for the GRAND PRIZE. Grand Prize,you ask? The author, Kate Hopper, will review all of the winning submissions on the book tour and choose the best one for publication on the online magazine Literary Mama....PLUS a one hour phone consultation. That seems like a pretty cool deal to me!!
Can't wait? Interested in the book right now? It can be purchased through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Thank you Kate Hopper for sharing your awesome book with my blog and I truly enjoyed being a stop on the Virtual Book Tour!!!!!
Disclaimer #1: I was given a digital copy of Use Your Words, A Writing Guide for Mothers to review, the opinions are my own.
Disclaimer #2: I hosting the writing contest, however, the prizes will come from the author directly.
Disclaimer#3: Photo and You Tube Credit of motherhoodandwords.com and Kate Hopper.
Disclaimer#4: I like to write but do not pretend that I am good at it. I apologize for the the attention deficit writing style(lots of dot dot dots), the horrendous usage of grammar, and potential spelling errors.