Overwhelmed Writer Rescue Book Review & Giveaway

Do you struggle to find the time to pursue creative interests?  Whether you are a writer or artist, it can be difficult at times to keep those creative endeavors moving forward.  We recently had the opportunity to read and review Overwhelmed Writer Rescue by Colleen M. Story.  What did we think of this self help book?

I received a copy of this book from the author or publisher for use in this review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Book


Do you feel like you’re always behind? Do less important tasks frequently flood your schedule and sink your creative motivation? Are you frustrated and out of touch with your inner artist?

After 20 years experience in the writing industry, author Colleen M. Story extends a lifeline to pull you out of the sinking swamp of “busyness” and back into the flourishing creative life you deserve.

Today’s demands on writers and other creative artists are overwhelming. Not only must you produce the work you love, but build and maintain a platform and market your finished products to the world—all while holding down a day job and/or caring for a family.

You teeter on the edge. What waits on the other side are burnout, exhaustion, and a complete loss of creative motivation.

"Overwhelmed Writer Rescue" provides practical, personalized solutions to help beginning and experienced writers and other creative artists escape the tyranny of the to-do list to nurture the genius within. You’ll find ways to boost productivity, improve time management, and restore your sanity while gaining insight into your unique creative nature and what it needs to thrive.

Ultimately, you’ll discover what may be holding you back from experiencing the true joy that a creative life can bring.

To read reviews, please visit Colleen M. Story's page on iRead Book Tours.

My Review
Overwhelmed Writer Rescue is not just for writers.  While the resources, tips, suggestions and advice in the is book are geared toward writers and creative minds--they hold value for any reader struggling with time management and/or procrastination issues.  Within the first few pages, I was sharing points of the book with my husband.  He is not a writer--but, has a number of projects that he works on beyond his "day job".  Like so many of us; he struggles to find time to complete everything that he must do in a day--and rarely finds that time for the list of things he would like to do!  This book is packed with tips to help the overwhelmed--really no matter the field of employment or creative activity of interest!

Story offers much more than time management tips in Overwhelmed Writer Rescue.  The author explores a lot of life areas in this book in a very neat and orderly fashion.  Readers will learn about distractions (and have the opportunity to examine their own personal productivity distractions), readers will learn about decision making and choices, self care, finding and maintaining motivation--and developing the perseverance needed to keep pushing through toward those life and project goals.  Each reader has the option to fully utilize this book's potential for his or her individual needs and goals through the many worksheets and exercises presented throughout the book.  Plan to take notes, write in the available prompts and worksheets and make this book work for you.

Would I recommend Overwhelmed Writer Rescue by Colleen M. Story?  I will admit that I do really (really, really) struggle to find time these days to write anything beyond my daily required assignments and tasks.  (I use many of the excuses noted in Colleen's book to justify not writing!) I also have a number of creative projects beyond writing that I would love to complete (refinishing a dining room set, painting and woodworking projects, etc.)--but, am too overwhelmed with the day to day operations of life that I simply never get around to them!  I love the advice offered in this book--and I especially love that it is written in a manner that allows me to "tweak" the messages toward my own needs and goals.  While this is a wonderful resource for writers and creators--it's also a wonderful resource for any of us struggling with overwhelming, activity filled, chaotic days!  I love the author's writing style and her practical, realistic tips.  I think anyone could benefit from the self help nature of this book.  If you are a note-taker--consider buying the paperback version so that you are readily able to jot notes and thoughts or answer the various questions as you work through the book.

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Meet the Author

Colleen M. Story has worked in the creative writing industry for over twenty years. Her novels include "Loreena’s Gift," an Idaho Author Awards first place winner, New Apple Solo Medalist winner, Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year Awards winner, Reader Views award finalist, and Best Book Awards finalist; and "Rise of the Sidenah," a North American Book Awards winner and New Apple Book Awards Official Selection.

As a health writer, she’s authored thousands of articles for publications like "Healthline" and "Women’s Health;" worked with high-profile clients like Gerber Baby Products and Kellogg’s; and ghostwritten books on back pain, nutrition, and cancer recovery. She finds most rewarding her work as a motivational speaker and workshop leader, where she helps writers remove mental and emotional blocks and tap into their unique creative powers.

Colleen is the founder of Writing and Wellness (, a motivational site helping writers and other creative artists maintain their physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being throughout their careers. Sign up for your free weekly email containing tips for living your best creative life at: www.writingandwellness/newsletter.

To find more information on Colleen and her work, please see her website or follow her on Twitter. She loves to hear from readers—feel free to use the “contact” form on either her website or Writing and Wellness to get in touch with her.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter

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