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Writing Motherhood: Tapping Into Your Creativity as a Mother and a Writer

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  121 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Have you always wanted to chronicle your experience of motherhood, but never knew how to begin? Are you looking for an outlet for self-expression, but can't imagine how you could juggle one more thing? In "Writing Motherhood," longtime writing teacher Lisa Garrigues dispels the myth that motherhood is an impediment to creativity. Drawing on her own efforts to balance the d ...more
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Scribner Book Company (first published March 30th 2007)
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Amanda
Aug 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book, for me, is up there with "Gift from the Sea." Let me explain...

I have highlighted, dog-eared, read and re-read so many passages that I am certain this will be a book I revisit over the years. I LOVE the author's notion of keeping a "Mother's Notebook" where you jot down conversation, quotes, expressions, and party ideas ALONG WITH weighing decisions, rehearsing answers, venting anger, and asking questions -- essentially, catching the days of your life notebook after notebook. I read i
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Shiloah
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing

This book was a delight as well as a monumental help. I will be keeping this book within quick reach while writing. It's filled with gems. I'm so glad I ran across this one.
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Becky
Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-2010
I picked this book up because Ali Edwards (www.aliedwards.com) recommended it to help you become a better scrapbook journaler and to "tell your story" as a mother.

I liked the fact that this author didn't assume that simply because I was reading this book, I was going to attempt to become a professional and published author. She simply wants you to record your story. Your story as a mother. Your story of the good and bad with children. Your story of before you were a mother and how you got to th
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Trace
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-booklist
As an inveterate journal, memory and blog keeper - I truly appreciated this book. Throughout the entire book, I kept wishing that I could chat with the author face-to-face. I just KNOW that she'd be a kindred spirit.

She provides wonderful writing prompts and a very convincing case for keeping a Mother's Journal (which I do). I know that I'll refer to this book time and time again.

Highly recommended!
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Cheryl
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: writing
Most of the information I had read or heard before so this might be a good book for new writers. I was hoping to learn more specific techniques for writing about being a mother which there was some but not enough.
S.K.
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, motherhood
Absolutely loved and highly recommend. So many great ideas for documenting your motherhood journey, for yourself OR your children! <3
Liv
Jan 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
A little quirk of mine: I judge a book's hold on me by reading the first few lines on the first page. If it captures my attention and makes me want to read more, then I'm sold. (Kind of like "you had me at hello" philosophy applied to books :P)

This book had me at hello, for sure. Given to me by my favorite cousin-now-a-poet for Christmas, it sat on my table together with other "to-read" books. Today I happened to open it, and the very first line I read (in the inner jacket) said

"Have you always
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Kelly Holmes
Jan 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, writing, owned
This book has a lot of great ideas for writing prompts. I was expecting more practical information about balancing motherhood and a writing life--there was some, just not a lot. But this book would be worth owning for all the great prompts. You would never be able to say "I don't know what to write about!"

If you're looking for a book with more practical advice for moms about launching a writing career, check out Writer Mama: How to Raise a Writing Career Alongside Your Kids.
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Regina Hoskins
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though the time between my start and end date for reading this book spans almost 2 years, it did not take me that long to read it. I spent that time purely enjoying each chapter of this book, and not wanting it to end. I picked it up after seeing Ali Edwards recommend it to help document my life story through journaling in scrapbooks. Garrigues gives lots of great suggestions and advice for writing and she makes her daily routine of writing two pages in a Mother's Notebook feel doable. I lo ...more
Amy
Dec 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Had to buy this one. Checked out of the library, flipped through, and decided it was a must buy! $10 at Amazon. If you are at all interested in writing, even just personal writing (like me), this is a must have!!!

OK, so I am not done, but moved it to the done pile. this book sits on my nightstand and I read it almost every night. I've started my Mother's Journal, and love it! If it have even the tiniest interest in writing and/or want to recall the tidbits of being a mother, get this book! :-)
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Serena
Dec 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So many fantastic ideas for preserving the memories of your family while at the same time exploring one's feelings/dreams/expectations of motherhood.

Unlike other books about writing, there's not this underlying assumption that you must want to be a "published writer" if you're reading the book. The purpose is so much more about slowing down and living in the moment. There are wonderful prompts to get you thinking (and writing) about what it means to be a mother (and sister/friend/daughter, too.)
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Amy
May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who is very focused on preserving the memories/stories of my family, I was intrigued by the ideas presented in this book. Particularly as it relates to exploring the feelings and expectations of motherhood. I use my scrapbooking pages to tell our stories, including my own. I will be using some of the prompts and ideas in this book as I continue to do that in our family scrapbooks. Really great resource!
Amanda
Oct 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I finally finished this book today...
I really enjoyed it ~ it was very inspirational. When I started it, I decided which notebook would be my "Mother's Notebook". Then I realized that if I read as I wrote, I would never get the book done by the time it was due so I started a list of prompts. I made a goal to write everyday. It hasn't happened. But it will. :)
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Danine
Jul 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
I have not completed this book. I am reading it front to back but reading it slowly. I like it so far. The author requests that mothers keep a mother's journal that is separate from a regular journal. I'm not sure I am comfortable with that yet. I will come back to this review and give it the appropriate stars I think it deserves. ...more
JaNeal
Jun 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: writing-books
For my writing friends and for those who want to capture a bit of family life on paper--this book is a reminder that certain habits can help living and writing fit together more seamlessly. Full of great writing advice and even a few ideas for life.

Be warned, it does have a few four-letter words and a handful of more mature themes.
Lisa
Jun 12, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, business
I've had this on my "currently-reading" pile for several months, but it's been slow-going. I was hoping it might add a new dimension to my blogging, but I'm finally putting it aside for now. I do plan to go back to it, when I can give it the time it deserves, but right now I'm not compelled to finish it. ...more
Carleen
Dec 05, 2007 rated it liked it
I mostly skimmed this due to lack of time but what I read was good. A lot of writing prompts and tips for documenting your experience as a mother. I liked all the personal stories. This title would be a good addition for any "mommy bloggers" or anyone intending to write a personal memoir on their experience as a mom. ...more
Dalon
Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it
enjoy this book so far - a great tool - wonderfully written - I'm not able to get into the writing with two little monkeys around all the time, so maybe I'll set it down for just a bit ...

didn't finish this book, but I'm still writing - it would be a great read for someone with a first born or pregnant with their first - lots of wonderful information and ideas about documenting life with kids
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Connie
Jun 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-better-life
I wish that I'd found this book 4 years ago when I first became a Mother and started my son's journal.

This book is perfect for any Mother that wants write their Children's story in amazing detail.

I'll be so happy to have these details in my journal to remember always.
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Heather
May 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
I'm teaching at a Life After Baby group next week about the health benefits of journaling, then I am going to take them through some writing exercises on "Journaling Motherhood." This book has been very helpful. ...more
Zinnada Hodges
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: box-1
I love this book so far.
Kerrie
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Loved the writing exercises!
Jennifer
Nov 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Got me back into journaling.
Feener44
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Loving this
Bonita Rose
Jul 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all mothers and mothers to be
so much wisdom in here, teaching us moms how to tell the stories.
Mary Mccarthy
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Love it! Am reading very slowly and doing the writing prompts along with it....
Zureen
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all mothers
Recommended to Zureen by: Mom's Club of Lincoln, RI
Awesome book. I wished I had this book when I was pregnant with both my boys. Every mother should read this.
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