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THE HERO IS YOU: Sharpen Your Focus, Conquer Your Demons, and Become the Writer You Were Born to Be
by Kendra Levin

THE HERO IS YOU: Sharpen Your Focus, Conquer Your Demons, and Become the Writer You Were Born to Be by Kendra Levin

Conari Press, November 2016

8/15/16: Publishers Weekly, book review


Audience: 17,000 circulation and 96,000 monthly online visitors

"Books about writing often devote ample space to becoming published, but Levin chooses to focus squarely on helping her readers establish a productive routine. Sprinkled throughout are personal accounts of writers who followed the “hero’s journey” model with success. Levin’s myth-inspired strategy should prove inspiring for first-time writers." (Nov.)

After reading THE HERO IS YOU gives writers a more in-depth understanding of the story structure and the archetypes that make up the hero's journey, and the tools for a more effective writing process.

Building on the archetypes in Joseph Campbell's heroic journey, Levin’s THE HERO IS YOU takes writers from the inception of a brand-new idea straight through to completing a project, revising it, and sharing it with the world.

In the enduring tradition of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and Janet Conner’s Writing Down the Bones, THE HERO IS YOU also allows writers to feel more deeply in tune with themselves, and ready to be doing the best work of their lives.

Kendra Levin, a life coach who specializes in working with writers, packs in practical tips and advice, craft tools, road-tested creative exercises, and insights from other professional writers. Each chapter digs into a single step in the creative process and coaches writers through whatever challenges they may be experiencing. She offers a healthier process by liberating writers from old issues and habits, and provides the courage and confidence to write as never before. And by applying a coach's insight to the work writers can do off the page, in their everyday lives, she helps them to strengthen their writing muscle and deepen their work accordingly. Designed as the kind of reference writers return to often, it can be used on one's own or with a writing group.


Reviewed on JULY 1, 2016

The goal of certified life coach Levin's book is to aid writers in developing a deeper understanding of story structure, a grasp of the archetypes that make up a hero's journey, and a composition process that will help them feel more in tune with themselves and their voice. Levin guides readers through the labyrinth of the creative endeavor known as the "hero's journey"—a quest for identity and wholeness. Guidelines require writers to ask questions, explore their vulnerabilities, and seek mentors. Exercises and quizzes move authors toward self-examination. VERDICT This guide would serve as a valuable text for writers' groups or beginning classes on the craft. – LIBRARY JOURNAL