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Writings and Readings Blog

Madhu Bazaz Wangu

Traditional Publishing Verses Self-Publishing

In this age of technology book publishing is in flux. Any one who can write can get published instantly. The situation is outrageous for those who have struggled through the traditional way of getting published. The battle, however, is not between those who have or want to get published traditionally and those who want to self-publish. The battle is for the end result: A good book! If you think, who needs to go through the hassle of finding an editor or a publisher? Who needs critiques and comments from publishing professionals? Why experience discomfort only to have to wait for months and risk getting eventually rejected? Right? Wrong! After you have selected one of your several drafts that you feel passionately about and revised it to the best of your ability, it...

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Pleasure of Writing Meditation

Mindful writer does not spend too much time talking about getting published. She just writes! She knows unless she births a good book there is nothing to publish. When she mails a manuscript to an editor or an agent, at once she begins her next writing project. She does not forget that the reason she began writing was the sheer love of writing. Not for fame or fortune.  Her goal is to finish a good manuscript and move on to the second and then the third one. She believes that a fine manuscript, with right effort, patience and perseverance, would get published.  As a mindful writer, my best Writing Meditation days are when I mediate before sunrise. After the sunrise, I journal for half an hour and then get absorbed...

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“Meditation for Mindful-Writers” CD

Dear Readers, Below I have pasted selected excerpts from what the mindful writers, who practice the discipline of Writing Meditation, have to say about"Meditation For Mindful Writers" CD. Your Mindful Writing CD is absolutely beautiful!!! I love the crystal clear sound of your gentle voice! And the narrator's voice is strong and commanding. The music adds a peaceful touch! Wonderful job! You should be so pleased with the outcome! I love it! (Judy B. Schneider, Editor & Author, October 2011) I listen with awe of what you have produced. I feel so honored to have witnessed the blossoming of your effort into this amazing CD. Well done!! (Cathy Vignolini, Writer, October 2011) I love it! It's beautifully recorded and I felt just as though you were beside me focusing my meditation with your gentle,...

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To Do List

            It was the Monday after the Fourth of July. Our daughter and her husband entered our front door, hugged their eight-month old baby Ariana and kissed their son Mokhta, now five-years old. "Did the "To Do List" help, Mommy?" she asked me in the kitchen where I was brewing Darjeeling tea for them. They had returned from a three-night break at Nemacolin Resort to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. Before she left, she had placed a piece of paper on the refrigerator that read: "Ariyana's To Do List" 7:00                                             Wake Up and 4oz. milk ~10:00   ...

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Revise Your Day!

A Mindful Writers Mantra Deep in meditation, one morning the phrase, "Revise your Day!" appeared to my mind's eye. For a year or so I had been searching for a meaningful phrase, called mantra in Sanskrit, a phrase that would coalesce my passion for writing, my abiding love for meditation and the pursuit of the betterment of my life until the last breath. A few weeks prior to this revelation, I was struggling with how to better my life similar to the way I revise and rewrite my rough writing drafts. A decade ago, I had quit my teaching job partly because I did not want to fall into an academic teaching rut. I wanted to focus on my writing and painting and to improve my daily life. It was not that...

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Steve Jobs: The “i”Genius

On October 6, 2011 Steve Jobs, inventor of the iMac/iPod/iPad/iPhone, died. And I, like millions of others, felt that something in me extinguished. I was deeply saddened when I heard that this charismatic and inspiring risk-taker was dead at 56!   It is because of individuals like him who jolt us and shake us and wake us up from our slumbering life that we learn how much we, as single individuals, are capable of doing, how much potential each of us has.   Yes, I am aware that, like any one of us, his life was contradiction of demonic and angelic traits. I read that he was petulant, abrasive, brittle, selfish, counter-culture, a control freak, nasty and ruthless. But his negative attributes morphed into positives. Let's not focus on what was unpleasant...

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Who is a Mindful Writer?

Mindful Writers are those who follow the discipline of Writing Meditation. (See Writing & Meditation Page) Almost every day they practice Writing Meditation. They may write in solitude but it is glorious and empowering to write in the company of other Writers. Gathered in one space, they seem like a group of islands engrossed in their own genre of creative writing so intense that they exude an aura that inspires and motivates. The absorption in their work radiates in the atmosphere as a sort of collective energy. The Writers begin with an intention to complete a draft, first or final, of their manuscript-fiction, non-fiction or collection of essay or stories-in nine-months. They have a definite goal that they divide into thirty-eight segments and make a commitment to stick to their schedule....

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What is Writing Meditation?

Writing Meditation is a discipline based on ancient Asian contemplative practices. I evolved this discipline through decades of my experiences as writer and meditator. The discipline combines a method of meditation and the process of writing to guide writers of all levels to improve their craft, discover their voice, strengthen their style and bring depth to the content. The discipline also helps clarify thought and intensify emotion. The practice of Writing Meditation has two goals: to light a fire of passion into your written expression, and to increase joy in life. A typical session of Writing Meditation consists of ten to fifteen minutes each of guided Body, Heart or Mind Meditation followed by a writing session lasting one to four hours. In Body Meditation, you focus on your inhalations and exhalations as...

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Mindful Writers’ Workshop

A scholar of Hindu and Buddhist Art and Asian Religions, Madhu B. Wangu Ph.D., returns to the Northland Public Library with a special four-week writing workshop for writers, of all levels, who wish to externalize emotions and ideas into verbal expressions. The four sessions will include Body, Heart, Mind and Writing Meditations respectively. Each session will start with a short lecture on Mindful Writing, a meditation session followed by two or more hours of writing. You will learn how to complete the first draft of your fiction or nonfiction manuscript, how to meditate, how to take pleasure in the writing process itself and how to eliminate frustration caused by writer's block. The discipline of Writing Meditation builds a creative flow that effects the process and enhances writer's expression, voice and style. Space...

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