Posts Tagged With: writing

Welcome to Spring!

PersephoneA time for rebirth, creating oneself anew, and the beginnings of the creative force of spring!

The Greek story of Demeter and Persephone celebrates the springtime. Persephone, who had been spirited away beneath the earth by her uncle, (they did that in those days…) Hades, to become the Queen of the Dead, returns in the s11232155_demeter-ve-persephone-kore-mtolojk-hkayeler---xfisiltixpring to reunite with her mother, Demeter, the Goddess of Fertility and Harvest. This return to the light and the world of the living, mirrors the return of longer and (hopefully) warmer days. That which had been dead is now reborn, along with tulips, daffodils, and Cadbury chocolate eggs!

What will you do now that you are entering this time of renewal and emergence into the sun? Is it time to write that book you’ve always had burning inside you? Is it time to learn more about who you really are? Or, is it just time to sit on your deck, porch, or lanai and let the sun gently caress your face, enjoying the sound of the birds chirping and lawnmowers beginning their springtime rituals…

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You Are Perfect Just As You Are!

The words below from the film Hugo speak to the importance and interconnectedness of everyone and everything…You exist exactly as you should and your life will unfold perfectly. (That doesn’t mean you will get everything you want, but the story of your life is always an intricate masterpiece of sheer perfection!)

00000074 “I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too.”

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Calling all NaNoWriMo Participants: Editing Offers for December

Offering 20% off all book Manuscript Evaluations in December for anyone who registered for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year!

Offering 20% off all book Manuscript Evaluations in December PLUS 20% off Developmental Editing services for anyone who COMPLETED their 50,000 words for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year!

 

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Write Your Novel this November!

Offering 20% off all book brainstorming sessions for anyone registered for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this year! Let me help you be ready to go in November!

You can register for NaNoWritMo at http://www.nanowrimo.org (It’s free!)

It’s a marathon of writing from November 1st to November 30th. Being prepared is half the battle.

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“I’m a Fabulous Writer. Why Do I Need an Editor?”

This common refrain is heard often in the editing and publishing world. What authors may not know, is that the process of editing is much more than grammar, punctuation, and a spelling check; though those are necessary tasks for any copyeditor or proofreader.

Editing is the single most thoughtful-pen-writing-24581037-2560-1702important component of the writing process.Careful and thoughtful editing can elevate your manuscript from “really good” to “extraordinary.” Often authors make the mistake of thinking that their book is finished once they’ve written a few drafts, and then they’ve checked it through for simple errors of English language usage.

The real crafting of a manuscript is done in the revision phase.A good developmental editor can help you take your raw material and fine-tune your voice and structure, making sure that your story is clear and coherent. Continuity of thought and the consistency and depth of characters are worked with, so that your readers can follow along easily without having to go back and forth in your manuscript in order to figure out what is happening. In a non-fiction manuscript, an eye to the overall development of the intended message is key to keeping your readers informed and interested.

Though the process is different for fiction and non-fiction books, all manuscripts need to be looked at by an objective expert.“Why?” you may ask. It’s because writers (all of us, including myself) get very attached to our writing and we are sometimes unable to see our errors clearly. We also tend to suffer from what Steve, my writer friend, calls “the hungadunga,” (the term is in actuality an obscure, non-related reference to the Marx Brothers’ movie “Animal Crackers”) the tendency to skip over key descriptive pieces in our writing because we, the author, already know what we are trying to say, or where we are going, with our work, but a reader may not be able to follow us as easily. The continuity exists in our brain, but not on the page. That’s a key place where a developmental editor can help.

No matter what stage of writing you are at, from brainstorming, to organizing and outlining your manuscript, to writing your first draft, to revisions, and onward, it is important to keep in mind the following questions:

1) Why am I, personally, writing this book?
2) Who will read this book?
3) Is this book a standalone or part of a series?
4) Would I benefit from writing with someone else, or enlisting someone else after I finish my draft?
5) What do I hope to accomplish with this book?The answers to those questions will help greatly in focusing your intentions on a successful book. A book that is written well and is written with clear intention, has unlimited marketability.Good luck on your writing journey!

See you Beyond the Story…
–Nicole

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Welcome to Beyond the Story!

This blog is called “Beyond the Story.” Beyond what story? Well, everything is story.  The narratives and myths of history, and our many belief systems, are indicative of the ways which human beings communicate within themselves and with others.

Symbols and stories are told and experienced in varying degrees of “real.” The stories we tell when we introduce ourselves to someone new, the stories we tell our loved ones to comfort or to stir them to action, and the stories we tell ourselves about what is safe, what is possible, what we believe in…are all narratives conjured up by the mind based on our beliefs, and based once again on the symbols we’ve interpreted and experienced.  As my teacher might say, the five senses and the mind create the story of an experience. But what lies beyond the story? What exists when there is no story left? When the sensory experiences no longer grab a hold of us?

LOVE… Sunflower

There is more love out there than anyone can imagine. More love than I would have even dared to dream was possible. It’s there. It IS. And we’re it.

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Don Quixote and the Mind’s Incessant Narratives…

When I work with others to “see through” their stories, I am often forced to confront my own narratives as well. It is, after all, due to the lack of true separation between us. But what do I mean about narratives?

Narratives are the lifeblood of the mind’s existence. Everyday, every second in fact, stories are being created and told, ingested and identified with, and we, as humans, are clinging to every morsel. Why are stories so important to the mind? They create who we think ourselves to be. They create identifications with the body and the world that revolves around the body. Without the constant stream of thoughts, and the subsequent running narrative of our lives, there would be no meaning at all. In terms of the “story of one’s life,” your own mind is in fact creating meaning moment by moment.

Ever retell an anecdote about your life? It is created through the initial experience, consisting of thoughts and sensory experiences, which in turn are informed by past thoughts and experiences – judgments, wounds, lessons learned- and then filtered through memory, which consists of more thoughts, and then retold in a manner that best expresses the point you are trying to make to effect a response in the “other” on the listening end. Yet more thoughts. Thoughts, thoughts, thoughts. If enough thoughts gel together closely enough, they create a construct. A matrix of identifications which form into the concept of a person and their personality, personal history, and “lifepath.” There becomes a sense of individuality, of personhood, created by this string of thoughts, judgments, actions, and reactions. All begun by a thought. But what would have happened if the thought hadn’t occurred. What happens before the thought? Nothing. Nothing happens. Everything that “happens,” happens because of a thought. The thought creates the “reality.” The reality becomes the narrative that you live by. It creates the construct that makes up the structure of the “person” and of the entire world.

These constructs then behave like lovers and gladiators. They are constantly interacting with one another. Alternating between gentle soothing touches and fiercely battling to the death. Whose death? And who is watching it all? Aware of the supposed battle. Lending life force to the appearances. Knowing that they are only wisps of nothing in a Don Quixote battle against themselves. Existing out of time, in a world only they have created. Thinking they are affecting everything or anything, thinking they are restricted by barriers, thinking they are thinking. The stories and characters are images on a screen…but who or what is the screen? Explore your stories and you may just see for yourself…

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