Prolific Moment: Theory and Practice of Mindfulness for Writing foregrounds the present in all activities of composing, offering a new perspective on the rhetorical situation and the writing process. A focus on the present casts light on standard writing components—audience, invention, and revision—while bringing forth often overlooked nuances of the writing experience—intrapersonal rhetoric, the preverbal, and preconception. This pedagogy of mindful writing can alleviate the suffering of writing blocks that comes from mindless, future-oriented rhetorics. Much is lost with a misplaced present moment because students forfeit rewarding writing experiences for stress, frustration, boredom, fear, and shortchanged invention. Writing becomes a very different experience if students think of it more consistently as part of a discrete now. Peary examines mindfulness as a metacognitive practice and turns to foundational Buddhist concepts of no-self, emptiness, impermanence, and detachment for methods for observing the moment in the writing classroom. This volume is a fantastic resource for future and current instructors and scholars of composition, rhetoric, and writing studies.  

chapter |23 pages


chapter 1|29 pages

Present Moment, Writing Moment

chapter 2|32 pages

The Monkey Mind of Intrapersonal Rhetoric

chapter 3|32 pages

The Verbal Emptiness of Mindful Invention

chapter 4|26 pages

Mind Waves, Mind Weeds, Preconceptions

chapter 5|26 pages

Their Ability to Write Is Always Present

A Disciplinary Context for Mindfulness