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Writing Motherhood helps moms put pen (or pencil) to paper

July 17th, 2008

Writing MotherhoodI jumped at the chance to review Writing Motherhood on Boutique Cafe’s Daily Dish for two reasons: one, I am a mother, and two, I love to write. Both mothering and writing are still a work in progress so I was anxious to read what insights, advice, tools, and guidance had to offer me. It had all that to offer with an added kick in the pants to start writing again (not easy to do when a recent manuscript has already been rejected numerous times).

I have not made my way through the entire book, and I’ve learned it’s not the type to be read cover to cover in one sitting. The book is a tool and a guide to help intertwine writing and mothering, teaching readers like me that inspiration can come from the everyday. I usually have a bit of a harder time reading non-fiction books but the author Lisa Garrigues’ wit and writing style (no surprise) had me from page one. Here are a couple passages I’ve starred in my copy so far:

Garrigues’ take on the students (a.k.a. moms) from her first writing class:

My first Writing Mothers arrived feeling physically exhausted and emotionally spent—in some cases ‘brain-dead,’ their imagination and creativity anesthetized by the rigors and routines of daily life. (Sound familiar?)

Her thoughts on taking the first step:

Carl Jung would call it synchronicity. A priest might call it fate; a romantic, serendipity; a skeptic, luck. However you choose to explain this phenomenon, know that one step always leads to athe next. This is how mountains are scaled, deserts are crossed, and whole journeys are made. (Feeling inspired?)

Writing MotherhoodGarrigues, a writer and a mother, takes what seems like an overwhelming task at times and turns it into a welcome journey. An excerpt from put it perfectly:

Whether you are a new mother or a grandmother, someone who has long aspired to write or someone who has never written before, in Writing Motherhood Lisa Garrigues will show you how to use writing as both a tool for recording your life and a path to understanding your experiences. In just fifteen minutes a day, your Mother’s Notebook will be a keepsake, and your daily writing will keep you sane.

Are you ready to recapture the sanity you thought was lost long ago? Me too. Take a minute to read a little more and . I guarantee it won’t be long before you’re standing in Barnes & Noble picking out the perfect Mother’s Notebook. I’m planning to go tomorrow.—Emily

** Giveaway Simon & Schuster is giving away 10 copies of ! Please leave a comment with a valid email address for our drawing. We’ll draw the winners from the comments and contact them via email. Deadline: July 25, 2008 (midnight). The winners will have 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

* Congratulations to all ten winners of the Writing Motherhood giveaway! Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the review and add a comment. Keep reading the Daily Dish for your chance to participate in more giveaways!

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112 comments on “Writing Motherhood helps moms put pen (or pencil) to paper

  1. Sherri Siler on said:

    I would love to win this becuase I am a mother and I want to start writing again.

  2. kathy pease on said:


  3. Kathleen on said:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I love to write.

  4. Ashley on said:

    oh i would love to own this! I didn’t even know they had a book like this. I started keeping a journal for each of my children when i found out i was pregnant for both. I want them to know about their everything, leading right up to the moment i give them the notebooks. I want to give it to them when they are pregnant with their first child. It is something i am very passionate about, and i would love to hear her words of encouragement.

    Thanks for the opportunity! anavarre1331@bellsouth.net

  5. Lisa P on said:

    wow, what a great looking book!

  6. sarah woods on said:

    This is like driving you put the peddle to the metal; well the pen to paper is so visual rather than a recorder; sounds so useful with fond memories to share.

  7. Veronica Garrett on said:

    I would love to win this contest.

  8. Caryn Bailey on said:

    What a lovely book! : )

  9. Donna Kozar on said:

    I would love this because I want to write a novel and also do some freelance writing.

  10. Janet on said:

    I would love to win this book!

  11. Lily Kwan on said:

    Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

  12. Lisa Garrigues on said:

    Congratulations to the lucky ten! And to all of you who participated in the giveaway, always remember that inspiration for writing comes not from the pages of a book but in the cracks and corners of our everyday lives. All best,
    Lisa Garrigues

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