||Amber Polo/Wordshaping Press
||September 18, 2011
Hints, exercises, and whimsical side trips to help the stressed writer breakthrough the physical and mental limits to creativity.
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From aromatherapy to zumba, find hundreds travelogue of hints, exercises, and whimsical side trips to help the stressed writer breakthrough the physical and mental limits to creativity.
Written with the special needs of writers in mind, anyone who spends time in a chair will discover useful tips to escape the dangers of sitting.
Suggestions range from centuries-old techniques like meditation and yoga to iPad apps. Browse a smorgasbord of suggestions. Every page inspires worried writers to explore new ideas to de-stress their lives.s of practical ideas and suggestions.
Writing Affects the Writer -
Writers lean forward, necks scrunch into shoulders, backs hunch, brows furrow, eyes bug out, and lower back, arms, wrists, and fingers tighten. Even our faces squinch tight and wrinkle. Eyes squint at screens without blinking. Repetitive use of muscles and unnatural postures create tension, the body’s natural response to imbalance.
Just as athletes revel in the “runner’s high” and an actor says “the muse is with me,” writers experience a similar phenomenon. Their “zone” is also an altered state of consciousness. In that place, time stands still. We are in our bodies, but not. This effortless creativity is the goal writers wish they could reach every time they sit to write.
Explore topics from “Aromatherapy” to “Yoga” and discover new ideas and forgotten pleasures off the beaten path.
As you tour, think about three categories to incorporate into your writing life.
• Active – a very physical activity that can be done several times a week
• Meditative – a quiet practice to do daily or most days
• Sensual Artistic – periodic activities that feed your creative soul
Sory Circle Book Reviews
"Writers lean forward, necks scrunch into shoulders, backs hunch, brows furrow, eyes bug out, and lower back, arms, wrists, and fingers tighten. Even our faces squinch tight and wrinkle. Eyes squint at screens without blinking. Repetitive use of muscles and unnatural postures create tension, the body's natural response to imbalance."
Just reading this quote makes me want to try another profession. But, fear not friends, there's help. Relaxing the Writer is a guide to help develop your personal user's manual of relaxation methods. Author Amber Polo tells us about how mental stress and physical tension can affect every part of the writer's life. All writers enter into an altered state of consciousness and need relaxation techniques to focus the mind, de-stress the body, and calm emotions because that will replenish creativity.and all writers want that creative edge.
Relaxing the Writer covers Aromatherapy to Zumba in depth and all the fun things in between. I love the fact that Polo gives me options on how I can incorporate the Active, Meditative, and Sensual Artistic areas into MY life. She suggests not only aerobic activities, but music to write to.and the moving and the music genre can fit your style of writing. I love the fact that Relaxing the Writer had some practical wisdom about how to sit, where to place your computer, and how to create a comfortable work environment with aromatherapy and good lighting.
The Buddha says, "To keep the body in good health is a duty...otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear." Read how to make relaxation a priority for you.
by Doris Anne Roop-Benner
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
Midwest Book Review
Yoga teacher, librarian, and novel writer Amber Polo presents Relaxing the Writer: Guidebook to the Writer's High, a guide to putting oneself in the best possible mood to write. Chapters cover everything from ergonomics to easy-to-use stretches, aromatherapy, massage, meditation, using music or sound to one's benefit, tai chi, weight training, and even "apps to relax" that can be found on iPhones, iPods, or iPads. An easy-to-follow resource for improving the quality of surroundings outside the writer, the better to coax out the writer's internal creativity, Relaxing the Writer is highly recommended.
Kari's Korner Reviews
"Relaxing The Writer" is one of the best books out there today for writers (and others) who need specific and beneficial guidelines to relaxing not only your hands but body and mind as well. Ms. Polo's guidelines are precise and easily followed, and can be done any time, any where. Laced with a bit of humor, too, this is a "Must Have", and I'd recommend it to anyone!
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