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Minding the Muse

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Minding the Muse is a practical handbook for the artist or writer—highly experienced, aspiring, or somewhere in between. Long draws from her extensive background as a poet, writer, and master teacher, but also gathers the insights and practices of a wide range of high-achieving artists, including mystery writer Raymond Chandler, choreographer Twyla Tharp, poet and performa ...more
Kindle Edition, 128 pages
Published August 22nd 2016 by Coffeetown Press
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Adrienne Scanlan
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Minding the Muse" is Long's gift to creators of all stages - - from the beginner to those who have brought their work before the world. Science-based but infused with Long's experience as a writer, poet, and teacher of writing, "Minding the Muse" explores the entire creative process, from first idea to marketing the completed work, all the while looking at what she calls "...the choices and strategies of effective creators..." This slim but weighty book deserves a place alongside Mihaly Csiksze ...more
Katherine Ozment
This slim volume is very practical and inspiring. I especially loved the suggestions for further readings and the skillful way Long weaves so many artists' voices into one book. A great read for anyone who writes or otherwise creates.
Josephine Ensign
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I didn't know I needed until I read it—well, actually devoured it, page by delicious page. My favorite chapter (the one I needed the most right now) is titled "Taking Time, Making Space."Long includes a list of questions to contemplate at the end of each short chapter, and there are these three questions that have begun to guide my day: 1) "How well does your workspace serve the creative work you do?"; 2) "How do you sequester time to do your own work, particularly during the busi ...more
Elana Zaiman
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don’t be fooled by this slender volume. It’s full of abundant tips and amazing advice delivered in a gentle, loving and generous way to enable us to become the creators we long to become. An additional benefit: Her words pertain to our work not only as artists, but as human beings seeking to live meaningful and deeper lives. Long encourages us to go out of our comfort zone, take ourselves seriously, and push ourselves forward, while at the same time being kind and compassionate to ourselves alon ...more
Alison Lilly
Not as thoughtful or thought-provoking as I was hoping it would be, but fairly good. I think this book works best as a kind of reference book — each chapter includes numerous references to other books and resources on the creative life, as well as prompts for journaling that can serve to lead you into deeper reflections on your work.

Unfortunately, the chapters themselves don’t really provide a good model of what that deeper reflection might look like. And so the book doesn’t provoke the kind of
Kerri Lukasavitz
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All creatives
I love Priscilla Long's books. She is so encouraging to those of us pursing a creative life. It's like she's right next to you as you make your way across the written page or use other mediums to express your vision. I have my copy of "Minding the Muse" tucked into my most-used writing reference books that line up along the upper left corner of my desk. This is a truly an inspirational, must-have volume for artists.
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I look forward to using some of the writing prompts to help me continue to work out the kinks in my writing process. She packed a lot of useful info in a short book, and I think it will be a good reference down the road.
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Great reminders and inspiration for writers.
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Priscilla Long is author of Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press), a book of essays titled Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press), and Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press). She is also author of The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the W ...more

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