Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: 7 Minutes to Freedom by Natalya Androsova @NatalyaAndroso2 @RABTBookTours


7 Minutes to Freedom: Simple Writing Meditations to Liberate Your Writing and Your Life

Self-help, creativity, personal growth, writing prompts, journalling, personal transformation

Date Published: January 28, 2021

Publisher: North Spirit Publishers

Have you always longed to express your innermost thoughts in writing but thought it impossible because you’re not a writer? Do you wish you could quiet the voice in your head, lose the self-doubt, and write to your heart’s content? What if you could let go of limiting beliefs, build a joyful daily writing practice, and discover your authentic voice and your authentic life?

Freedom is closer than you think. Freedom to write and rewrite your life. Freedom to write yourself happy, clear, and free. Seven minutes at a time.

7 Minutes to Freedom offers a roadmap for writers and nonwriters to find their voice, embrace their creativity, and radically transform their writing and their life. It is a practical guide to summoning your courage, writing through challenges to create a dream life, boosting your creativity, gaining insight, and improving your relationship with yourself and your writing,

This book is written for experienced writers, novice writers, nonwriters, those burnt out by the creative process, and those who have struggled to share their thoughts, ideas, and voice. It is meant for anyone interested in self-discovery, creativity, and deep spiritual insight.

With one hundred simple and powerful seven-minute writing meditations to use as guideposts to creative freedom, this book will help you rediscover the joy of writing, build new daily habits, and embrace the freedom that comes with knowing you can write and live without fear.

Use the powerful meditations in this book to learn exactly how to:

  • Overcome writer’s block and develop your authentic voice
  • Quiet your inner critic and build a joyful daily writing practice
  • Abandon limiting beliefs and self-judgment
  • Unlock your creative potential
  • Reconnect to parts of yourself you’ve neglected
  • Cultivate gratitude and focus, and change the course of your life
  • And so much more!

If you’re ready to make powerful discoveries about yourself and improve your writing life forever, the writing meditations in this book are the perfect tools to help you find your way to writing and living without fear. Get your copy today to discover just how far freedom, clarity, and inspiration can take you!

Interview with Natalya Androsova

    What was the hardest part from your book to write?

    I had doubts about including my own raw unfinished journal writing into the book. But since I wanted to encourage the readers to be free and accepting of their writing, I knew I had to lead by example. Even though I knew some of my entries were imperfect and incomplete, I wanted to share all parts of the writing process with the audience to encourage them to accept their early writing. I ended up including my journal entries, and my readers tell me that this is the first section they go to when they open the book. Many people are looking for permission to be imperfect and still express their thoughts and feelings. By including my freewriting, I wanted to give my readers permission to fully accept themselves and their work.

    Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

    I’ve felt a pull to explore myself through writing from a very young age. Like Alice in Wonderland, once I crawled into the hole in the ground, I found myself tumbling down the well of self-exploration and self-expression, experiencing freewriting as freefalling–who can tell the difference? I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the freefalling process for over three decades now.

    If you write in more than one genre, how do you balance them?

    What a great question! I do write in different genres, and I love it. It allows me to express different aspects of my being. Cerebral, succinct, and analytic writing is saved for my doctoral students working on their dissertations. When I write children’s books, I get to create magical worlds. When my heart is talking to me, I have to grab a pen and start catching the droplets from the shower of words and emotions that comes pouring down from somewhere and takes the shape of a poem. And finally, when I journal, I’m most free and playful. I write for no other reason than joy and desire to know myself!

    What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

    I enjoyed letting the book’s structure emerge organically, slowly, over time, like a garden of thoughts and feelings that I tended to without many expectations. I reorganized it multiple times when it wanted to take a different shape.

    I waited for the book to tell me what was best. Not applying any pressure to the book, I felt like I was simply watching it grow and blossom until it was ready. Being a gentle gardener felt very good. In a way, the book was always guiding me to its final form.

    What book that you have read has most influenced your life?

    I feel that The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg were the most influential ones. They gave me a taste of freedom I’d never experienced before. It was like getting a permission to love the creative process for its beauty and magic, and not for the results or the final product. Funny enough, this creative freedom always makes the final product better and also spreads from writing to other parts of life.

    Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know

    As long as I can remember myself, I loved writing with others. When I was four years old, I had my first writing group. My friends and I would gather in a small wooden gazebo in the courtyard and would write down song lyrics or respond to some journal prompts in writing. We would decorate the pages in our simple notebooks. So very early on, I got to experience the magic of working silently with others and supporting each other by simply being there and honouring each other’s creative process.

    I love writing groups and writing retreats. I run them in university and in my community. I love writing with others and sharing the sacred space of self-exploration. I feel this journey takes courage, and it’s wonderful to support each other with silent presence and notice the same drive to express our inner experience.

    Can you tell us something about your book that is not in the summary?

    I wrote this book for myself. It started as an exploration of my own life and my own heart. I was journaling and noticing things. I was learning to live, to write, to understand, to develop compassion toward my writing and my thoughts. This is why it’s incredibly rewarding to read in the reviews that my book speaks to other hearts.

About The Author

Natalya is an award-winning writing and dissertation coach with over two decades of experience teaching writing. She has coached professional writers and university writers of all skill levels–students, staff, and faculty. Natalya currently runs Writing and Graduate Student Support at Ryerson University in Toronto, where she also teaches Writing for Wellness to staff and faculty and acts as a dissertation coach for graduate students.

Her passion is helping writers become more courageous, authentic, and kind to themselves. Through individual coaching, writing groups, and writing retreats, she has helped hundreds of writers to break through blocks and find inspiration, a more authentic voice, and a greater freedom in their writing and their life. Her doctoral research also focused on the intricacies of the writing process, exploring the relationship among the poetic, the feminine, and the sacred.

She lives in Toronto, Canada, and when she is not writing or meditating, she loves to play tennis, practice yoga, or sit by the water and cloud watch for hours. In her own writing practice, spanning three decades, she discovered that beliefs we have about our writing are not different from the beliefs we have about ourselves, so a new way of writing often translates into a new way of living. What was impossible becomes probable and even likely when we learn to write and live without fear.

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