On My Wish List: Writing the Fire!

I’ve made no secret of my love for yoga around here. I do it almost daily, and on the rare days I skip, I feel like crap. Clearly, Yoga + Katy = Love.

One thing I love just as much as yoga is writing (duh). Thanks to my blogging friend Kirsten Lopresti, I’ve now learned that yoga and writing MIX. Have you heard of this book?

Writing the Fire!: Yoga and the Art of Making Your Words Come Alive

From Goodreads: Writing the Fire! offers writers a new and visionary practice: using yoga to release the body’s inner intelligence and then support, shape, and inform the creative process. Indeed, “writing is yoga,” declares Gail Sher, introducing the “writing asana”—an invaluable new tool for every writer’s routine. Her insightful and lyrical book, organized around eight thematic “immersions,” plumbs yoga’s wisdom heritage. As Donald Moyer, director of the Yoga Room in Berkeley, comments, “She encourages writers to approach their writing with the clarity and presence of yogis, and teaches yogis how to temper their awareness with the heat of words and images.” Writing the Fire! celebrates the fullest expression of our being.

It’s almost as if Writing the Fire! was written just for me. I’m a big fan of using exercise to mentally work out all kinds of writing snags, but I’ve never thought of it as a way to “release the body’s inner intelligence.” I’m on board though, and I’ll definitely be picking this book up. Who’s with me?

Do you incorporate exercise into your writing routine? Tell me about it!

A few more catch up things, since it’s Monday and all…

  • Two fantastic posts I’ve come across in the last few days: Jessica Love’s Query Advice, and Anne. R. Allen’s How to Blog and How Not to Blog. All three are full of helpful information no matter what stage of the game you’re in.
  • I’ve been fully immersed in the Christmas spirit all weekend, and it’s only December 12th! In the last few days, I’ve wrapped zillions of presents, and these things have also happened:
Many Christmas cookies have been baked…

Santa Claus has been visited…

And gingerbread houses have been decorated!

  • My daughter has her preschool holiday performance tonight. She’s singing a Walking in a Winter Wonderland solo, and she’s playing the part of Mary in the nativity bit. Can’t wait to watch, and I’m promising in advance some super cute photos from the event. 🙂
  • One more important note: Please do make sure to sign up for the Class of 2011: YA Superlative Blogfest. It’ll be TONS of fun, plus a great way to highlight all the exceptional books you’ve read this year. Click the button below for the official post, and to sign up!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and here’s to a wonderful week ahead!


26 thoughts on “On My Wish List: Writing the Fire!

    • katyupperman says:

      Isn’t our Santa adorable?! We’ve seen the same one every year. 🙂 And yes, 25 four-year-olds belting out Christmas carols can’t help but put you into the holiday spirit. 🙂

  1. Alison Miller says:

    Oh wow! That book sounds awesome! Maybe I’ll add that to my already super long Christmas list. 🙂

    And your daughter is ADORBS. Have fun with all the festivities!

  2. katharine owens says:

    I adore yoga, and I find the more I do it the better it is for my brain! It helps make me much more productive. I can only manage once a week in the school year, but in summer I went three times a week for 1:15 each time and it ROCKED. I can’t wait to check this out!

  3. Meredith says:

    Exercise absolutely plays into my writing routine. I hit up the gym (most) every morning, and it gives me the energy to write later in the day.

    I used to be super into yoga, but I’ve gotten away from it. I keep saying I need to go back. I can see how yoga and writing go hand in hand. Totally.

    • katyupperman says:

      I envy your gym trips! I have to get up super early to work out at home because I can’t leave my kiddo here sleeping (right? :)). I’d love to be able to hit the gym every morning! When my hubby gets home from this deployment, I’m going to give hot yoga a try.

  4. Rida says:

    I love yoga. It’s so relaxing, and it’s a way to put my sort-of flexibility to use. But incorporating it into writing? Genius! I’m totally going to check this one out.

  5. commutinggirl says:

    Those are adorable pictures! I tried my hand at Yoga mainly for relaxing purposes but I don´t do it yet regularly. Might be one of my 2012 resolutions 🙂
    Enjoy the holiday season, it looks like you´re having a wonderful time!

  6. Christa says:

    Can my writing exercises include drinking too much and then being surly at everyone I know bc I have lunatics racing around in my head? Bc I do that:)

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