Review of a book for Writers
FLOAT, Becoming Unstuck for Writers is the title of a book written by A. M. Carley that I just finished reading. If you have ever been stuck in your writing process, you know just how frustrating it can be.
Several months ago, I subscribed to Chenille Books newsletter while debating whether to use their coaching services. I received an email offering a course, 30 Days to Becoming Unstuck. The cost was the purchase of the paperback copy of the book FLOAT: Becoming Unstuck for Writers ($14.95). This book, accompanied by the email course, was EXACTLY what I needed. I highly recommend the combination of the two to help you in becoming unstuck.
The title of the book is an acronym which stands for the five-step sequence of Carley’s method to becoming unstuck.
FLOAT stands for: Focus, Listen, Open, Analyze, Tool.
The first page gives an overview of her method: Trust yourself, Use simple tools, Honor your wisdom, Connect with the clan of writers, Find your strength.
The book begins with an easy to understand explanation of the FLOAT method, then the rest of the book offers many tools geared towards all kinds of personalities which can help you become unstuck.
The gentle coaching of the email course showed me how to best use this book. It has now become a staple on my writing desk.
The Mental Game of Writing
“The One Thing Over Which You Have Absolute Control Is Your Own Thoughts. It Is This That Puts You In A Position To Control Your Own Destiny.” -Paul Thomas, author
I have often heard golf, baseball and many other sports referred to as mental games, meaning that a large percentage of your success in playing and winning takes place inside your head. Of course, having a habit of practicing the required skills for the sport is helpful as well.
It is generally believed that the more positive your thoughts are about your ability to complete the task at hand, the more likely you will be able to successfully complete the task, as opposed to thinking about all of the reasons why you are unable to achieve your goal.
I haven’t looked for scientific studies on the matter, but I know there are people who make careers out of being sports psychologists. Coaches develop an athlete’s physical skills and abilities, while sports psychologists focus on athletes’ minds to help them achieve their goals, so the chances are good that there is a body of scientific studies to back this belief.
I know in my life when I think I am capable of doing something, my mind searches for ways to succeed, just as when I am not feeling confident in my abilities, my mind searches for ways to prevent me from achieving my goal.
This is where Carley’s book comes into play. The FLOAT method offers tips, tools, and suggestions for developing the writing habit and getting out of your own way mentally. This method helps you build your confidence in your own abilities, so you are free to start achieving your writing goals.
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