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New e-book short! The Creative Mother’s Guide: Six Creative Practices for the Early Years

I’m just a wee bit excited to unveil my new e-book short, The Creative Mother’s Guide: Six Creative Practices for the Early Years. This e-book is the culmination of many years of work, research, and personal interviews. I am so pleased to share this project with you!

When a creative woman has a child, her universe shifts. How to maintain — or begin — a creative practice while caring for a little one? Six Creative Practices for the Early Years is your indispensable guide to navigating the early years of motherhood.

  • Written by a certified creativity coach and mother of five
  • Filled with the first-hand experience and wisdom of 13 artists and writers
  • Specific, concrete strategies for being more creative without adding more guilt and “shoulds” to your already overflowing plate

When you have young children, what you don’t have is time. This 35-page e-book short gives you the information and tools that you need, quickly. Six Creative Practices for the Early Years is a resource that you’ll refer to for inspiration and support again and again. It might be the best tool you download this year! It will certainly the best value you’ll get out of $11.98. Click here to order and download. You can also check out a free sample page here.

Thirteen generous, talented creative mothers share their experience and tested strategies:

A few words of praise:

“Miranda Hersey explains how you can keep your creative life vibrant while you parent your young children. Your creativity doesn’t have to be sacrificed while you parent! Miranda tells you exactly what you need to know to keep your creative life alive. Highly recommended.” ~Eric Maisel, Author of Coaching the Artist Within and Fearless Creating

“Becoming a mother can feel as if you have lost yourself deep under nurturing others and meeting their needs. If you’ve also lost view of the way to creative expression, the place you were most yourself, real grief may temper the joy of falling in love with a baby and raising children. When Miranda Hersey encountered that particular reality of motherhood, she asked other writers and artists, women for whom creativity is food, how they managed. She distilled their wise and practical answers into six do-able practices that restore your creative life and make space amid the toys and laundry for you. Those conversations and Miranda’s own experience as a writer and mother of five reveal the best secret of all: when creativity can be merged with mothering, they enhance and expand each other in wonderful, unexpected ways.” ~Gale Pryor, Author, Nursing Mother, Working Mother: The Essential Guide for Staying Close to Your Baby After Returning to Work

“In Six Creative Practices for the Early Years, Miranda Herseyrallies her readers into a band of sisters, united by the challenges we share. Drawing on her own experiences, and the wisdom of 13 practicing artists and writers, Hersey invites us to embrace motherhood and creativity as related, cross-pollinating endeavors. Simple, proven practices lay out a formula for success, encouraging us to reexamine our creativity with openness and generosity. With engaging, frequently humorous, narration, Hersey is the voice in our ear, the friend by our side, nudging us to discover those hidden pockets of time and inspiration and the courage to use them to sustain our creative lives. The lessons in this marvelous volume will be with me for years to come!”  ~Susan Edwards Richmond, Poet

“When my twins were babies, I relied on a stack of dog-eared parenting books, flipping through them whenever I needed encouragement, and concrete advice. As a mother who needed to create in order to feel truly alive, I would have added The Creative Mother’s Guide: Six Creative Practices for the Early Years to that library in a heartbeat. Miranda Hersey understands the realities of parenting young children, but gently challenges the reader to tap into the rich creative possibility that exists nonetheless. This is a book that creative mothers will return to again and again for reassurance, inspiration, and genuinely helpful practices.”  ~Ellen Olson-Brown, Author

Click here for a free sample page, and to order and download! And of course, if you like what you read, I’d be delighted if you could let your friends know about Six Creative Practices for the Early Years. Thank you!

14 Comments Post a comment
  1. familyvibe #

    I just bought your e-book! Looking forward to using it!

    July 5, 2012
    • Thank you, familyvibe! I look forward to hearing what you think!

      July 5, 2012
  2. Congrats on getting this done, Miranda! I wish you much success!

    July 5, 2012
    • Thanks, Kelly — as someone who’s been here from the beginning, you have a unique understanding of what this project is all about 🙂

      July 5, 2012
  3. bubblegirlout #

    I did not have the joy to become a mom (it’s too late now), but I have been a nanny for 16 years and love kids, I will be using your book with my little babies … just bough your e-book, thanks and best regards to you!

    July 5, 2012
    • Thank you, bubblegirlout — I hope you find it useful!

      July 5, 2012
  4. Congratulations Miranda! I am so proud of you for getting this all together and OUT in to the world. I will happily share the word. I am honored to appear in this work of yours. Here’s to more collaboration!
    With all my love, Suzi

    July 5, 2012
    • You’re the best, Suzi. We’ve only just begun! xoxo

      July 5, 2012
  5. This is very exciting. I’m glad I connected with Suzi so I could find out about this. I’ve been working on a documentary film about this exact topic. It’s called “Lost In Living” and I spent seven years with four extraordinary artist/mothers. I’m now in post production. I’m sure my subjects and my audience will be thrilled to hear about your book. I’ll spread the word. The website for the film is: Thanks so much!

    July 5, 2012
    • How exciting indeed, Mary! I’m thrilled that we’ve connected and I’ll now be keeping a close eye on your project!

      July 5, 2012
  6. the holly #

    what do you mean by “early years?” is this more appropriate for pre-school and younger and/or elementary? thanks!

    July 9, 2012
    • Hi! The e-book is focused on those most intense years when children aren’t in school yet and you need to keep them alive at any given moment: infancy, toddlerhood, preschool years. This isn’t to say that parents of older children wouldn’t benefit from the six practices as well — but the intended audience is those who are most desperately short on time and bandwidth for creative practice.

      July 9, 2012

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