Archive for February, 2011

Recently, this “journal writer” spent four glorious weeks in a class I would take over and over again.

Monday mornings my ritual for the last four weeks was an 11am pot of tea with three other students of the craft of writing and one FINE facilitator.

We can’t return enough to explore the basics and the most simple and exquisite writing exercises. One could warm up morning after morning and the written product will never be the same.

A simple launching point could reveal a great idea for a new blog post, a story, an article, or the focus required for some business writing that we might be procrastinating about. The warm up is the starting point and then comes the clarity we so desire and the creativity is again free to flow.

I feel…

I am..

I hear..

I see…

I think…

I wish…

When we just begin and keep that pen moving and dig a little deeper minute by minute we have no idea what we might capture.

And then there is the sharing…

We are all so critical of ourselves BUT boy is it easy to give honest kudos to another writer.

The next time Kim Pearson of Primary Sources offers to teach this four week series, I’ll be singing her praises as the teacher/facilitator she is and invite those I know who crave to write juicy and free and on point and discover how good a writer they actually are. Or let your peers tell you how they here your writing.

I loved the writing exercises that were part of all the years of my elementary and middle and high school years and quite frankly I can’t remember why I stopped.

So, I created yet again a way to support myself and others that I am most excited about.

Stay tuned and tune in when you have the joy of writing with others.

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Sue Zeal Oliver of Passions and Possibilities has a way of bringing out the best with ease in all those she invites to be interviewed.

Are you a Passioneer? She’d love to hear from you too!

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SZO: What Tips Do You Have for Budding Passioneers to Cultivate Authentic Self-Expression through Writing?

Practice. Practice. Practice.
Find a trusted friend to critique, work with, edit and give honest feedback as you develop your voice and transparency.
Read other good writer’s stuff and try what appeals to you if only once.
Carry a blank book with you at all times to capture moments that deserve to be remembered and shared.

SZO: What Resources Do You Recommend for Budding Passioneers in this Area?

Any and all Natalie Goldberg Books: Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind offer great exercises to cultivate your writing muscle.
I can’t say enough about what a friend writing has been to me in my darkest hours and my finest moments.

What could a dose of Authentic Writing and Self-Expression bring into your life?

Dear Sue Zeal Oliver of Passions and Possibilities:

Thank you for having me on the show today to talk of Passions, Possibilities and Love.

I had a most delicious time dialoguing with you over what felt like a virtual cup of tea.

You have a way of showcasing people that is completely honoring.

Now I realize I am doubly blessed to be co-authoring a book with you that showcases the stories of over a dozen of the 100s of Passioneers you have interviewed in the past two years. Your dedication to interviewing your passioneers week after week is inspiring. Showing up like you do alone is motivating thought.

And we all benefit from the wonderful library of dialogues you are creating and maintaining. Conversations filled with hope, inspiratiion and vibrancy (one of your favorite words for good reason!)

Oddly I felt most nervous at the end of the call??? I wonder why…No matter.

My days of radio dj’ing came flowing back to me and to imagine the message that we c-created as we dialogued might be just what someone needs to here…

Now that is what I am all about.

I’m looking forward to tuning into the podcast and archived audio file for quite frankly I remember most of wh\at I shared, but I bet a nugget or two got overlooked and isn’t playback GREAT.

http://tinyurl.com/authenticwritingprovokes

If you missed the live interview and wish to hear it, the link above will get you there.

May you gentle reader at large be blessed with having the ability to pursue your passions as the livelihood of choice.

Deborah

As we approach February 26th and the next offering of the All Day Salon on Publishing Yourself and the Art of  Self-Promotion, I find myself again chuckling at the ardent advice of one radio show host turned internet TV host… Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau

http://www.thekathleenshow.com/2010/09/08/self-publishing-a-word-of-advice-to-authors%E2%80%94episode-1/

She is passionate about what she does and it’s clear. She shared that she gets as many as 100 books a month and many from self-published authors who want to be interviewed by her and she has this to say to many of them.

“Please, please, hire yourself a kickass editor. So as not to be insulting to the art of writing.” (her words not mine…)

February 26th marks the fourth time I and other presenters rise bright and early on a Saturday morning to paint a complete picture of what it takes to write, design, publish and promote that book that lives inside you.

Among our subject matter experts, is professional friend, author, editor, ghost writer, blogger and writing peer of mine, Kim Pearson,  founder of Primary Sources.  I suspect “Kathleen” would agree Kim is that “kickass editor” she advises writers, hire at the right time and place.

We may have a great idea for a book or a blog we wish to write and maintain. (And, we’ll need an objective reader!)

We may actually be a good writer with enthusiasm for our subject matter. (And, we’ll miss our own small errors and awkwardnesses)

Simply put, we will not catch all our inconsistencies ALL the time or have the required objectivity we REALLY need to fully edit all our own writing.

We may be a great first pass editor but are we the best to be doing every round of editing and proofreading?

At some point it is appropriate to engage an editorial expert, AND it is the best thing we can do for the health and well-being of the book and our own sanity.

A few additional thoughts on hiring an editor to assure the best writing we can muster up:

While it may be more economical,  using a friend or family member might not count as hiring an editor.

Granted, in some cases it works out fine and all the hiccups and awkward phrasing and misspelled words are caught by YOU or your “trusted” editor,  BUT more often than not,  it does not fully benefit the manuscript we are so intimately connected to.

Editorial Objectivity is a good thing for a manuscript that it might be well-appreciated and often-read by many others far beyond our immediate circles. Engaging an objective professional for editing be it developmental, or copyediting or proofreading can only be a good and necessary thing. A step wise to invest in.

I am on the bandwagon with Kathleen of the Kathleen Show because she tells it like it is. Talk about a fierce conversation in under two minutes.

To all the writer’s reading this entry who might be working on a book or even a blog, please consider the value of budgeting for working with a professional and dedicated editor–for the benefit of your manuscript, your blog posts, your commercial writing and your readers!

I’m a voracious reader who is turned away when I encounter truly challenging writing. I am happy to overlook the occasional typo for I will substitute the correction.  I am that flexible.  That being said, I hope you who have a book in you write it.

Self-publishing and blogging it (as a serial piece) makes it that accessible to you and me and others.

Stories are Gifts. Share. And…Begin with the End in Mind.

May we write both for ourselves and the readers who are glad to share us with those they know.