Writing Journey: Path of Spiritual Messenger



Advice for Writers

The Writer's Journey: The Path of the Spiritual Messenger

By Deborah Herman

Jeff Herman's GuideIf you have decided to pursue writing as a career instead of as a longing or a dream, you might find yourself focusing on the goal instead of the process. When you have a great book idea, you may envision yourself on a book-signing tour or as a guest on a talk show before you've written a single word. It's human nature to look into your own future, but too much projection can get in the way of what the writing experience is all about. The process of writing is like a wondrous journey that can help you cross a bridge to the treasures hidden within your own soul. It is a way for you to link with God and the collective storehouse of all wisdom and truth, as it has existed since the beginning of time.


Author Interviews

Interview with 'Writing Down the Bones' Author Natalie Goldberg

By Molly Childers

Natalie GoldbergWriting Down the Bones was the first book that made me feel like a writer. I've been gleaning inspiration from her work since I was first introduced to Bones in high school. Her unquenchable curiosity, thirst for juicy details, and unsparing honesty kept me coming back for more with Wild Mind. Goldberg is, in fact, the first writer who truly seemed real to me — she wasn't just a face in a dusty old book, but an actual flesh-and-blood woman battling it out on the page. I could picture having coffee with her in a cafe and writing for hours.


Writing Spotlight

Writing and the Body in Motion with Cheryl Pallant

Writing and the Body in MotionCheryl Pallant is the author of Writing and the Body in Motion: Awakening Voice through Somatic Practice and other books in nonfiction, memoir, and poetry. An award-winning writer who focuses on writing, embodiment, consciousness, and dance, she is also a somatic and writing coach, energy healer, dancer, and teacher. She inspires writers and creatives through her popular Writing From the Body workshops and offers insights through a Q&A and wisdom in this engaging series based on Writing and the Body in Motion: Moving Into Writing and Sensate Awareness, Resonant Writing as Somatic Path, and Synergetic Awareness in Somatic Writing.


Advice for Writers

Tribulations of the Unknown Writer (and Possible Remedies)

By Jeff Herman

Jeff Herman's GuideEstablished literary agencies are inundated with unsolicited query letters (both hardcopy and digital), proposals, pieces of manuscripts, and entire manuscripts. This stream of relentless intake easily runs from 50 to 150 uninvited submissions per week, depending on how visible the agency in question is to the world of writers at large. These numbers do not account for the many works that the agency has requested or was expecting from existing clients. Frankly, many successful agents are simply not hungry for more than what they already have and make efforts to be as invisible and unavailable as possible.


DaVinci's Genius Habits

Being Open to Experience

By Linda Dessau

DavinciA couple of days before I began writing this, I was rushing around like a mad woman trying to get things prepared for a chain of events scheduled the next day. I spent more time worrying about it and measuring out the exact timing of things, than I did actually carrying out my planned actions. I also sacrificed my self-care. For what? Nothing turned out the way it was supposed to. A meeting I had planned was cancelled, a friend I was making dinner for got stuck in snowy weather and couldn't make it, and on it went.


Guided Inspiration

Journey to the Secret Library

By Robert Moss

DreamingYou are about to enter a place where all fields of knowledge, including deeper knowledge of your soul's purpose and connections, can open to you. The best will be revealed only as you seek it; you'll know it when it lets you find it, not before. So you start by setting an intention, but you remain ready to let the journey take you beyond it. In the secret library, you can find information and inspiration in any area that rouses your active curiosity and your creative spirit. Anything that stirs the creative spirit in you is a matter of soul, whether it is golf or alchemy, cooking or astronomy, landscape gardening or writing.



Creativity Coaching

Creativity Time Bandits

By Chris Zydel

Chris ZydelIn my work as a creativity coach I talk with many, many people who want to be more creative, either as a way to deepen their spiritual practice of self nurturing or who have a specific dream that they long to manifest, like writing a book or forming a rock band. But too often something gets in the way. And the major culprit, as they see it, is that they are too busy and don't have enough time. What stops the majority of people is usually not so straightforward and irrefutable.


The Nine Modern Day Muses

Muse Song, the Muse of Pampering, Encouragement and Good Company

By Jill Badonsky, MEd

Symbol of Muse SongMany creative people seem to have a quality of self indulgence, self absorption, and self preoccupation. Does this contribute to their ability to BE creative? It could in that the creative juices require a lot of inward examination as well as a healthy if not vigorously substantial belief and support of one's self. The creative process requires at times building a world of one's own and nurturing that world with time, protection from criticism, and generous supplies of self attention, musings and idea evolution.


Creativity & Inspiration

Mind Mapping: Which Side Are You On?

By Tom Evans

LightbulbThe brain is not only one of the most complex objects in the known Universe but it has an ability to rewire itself upon a thought or when encountering a new experience. It is plastic, dynamic and self-programmable. Unlike other organs of the body, it evolves and can perform new and different functions — some of which are quite literally out of this world and not really accepted or understood by mainstream science or society. I will leave discussion of such different-abilities for another time. One of the most curious aspects of our brain is how it operates without us having to give a second thought to how we think. This ability is a clue to the real functions of the different hemispheres. It appears we quite literally in two minds about the world around us.


INSPIRING SERIES

19 Profiles of Creative Empowerment
with Diana Rivera


Creative Process, Highly Sensitive Person & Creativity
with Lisa Agaran


Dreaming, Shamanism, & Imagination
with Robert Moss


Writing with Courage and Craft
with Barbara Abercrombie


Lightbulb Moments on Tap
with Tom Evans


The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard)
with Jill Badonsky, MEd


No Ordinary Time
with Jan Phillips


Intuitive Process Painting
with Chris Zydel


Teaching Creativity & Music to Children
with Abby Connors


Learning from Leonardo: DaVinci's Genius Habits
with Linda Dessau


Inspiration

Inspiring Creativity Quotes

Autumn Writing Prompts

Fall Leave Behinds: Write Your Own Autumn Greeting Cards

By Chris Dunmire

Fall CardsIt is easy to pluck a greeting card off the rack and post a meme graphic on social media, but personalized hand-written messages remain highly prized treasures! Let me open the space for you to engage your writing and creativity. While greeting cards celebrating birthdays, weddings, baby showers, and Christmas are Hallmarks of traditional celebratory giving, here's a unique opportunity for you to break the mold and dig into the reason for the season. Celebrate the beauty of autumn and the gifts it ushers in, including special holidays for family fun and togetherness — Halloween and Thanksgiving — with some creative writing, right here, right now.


Writing from the Deeper Self

Is It Commerce, or Is It Art?

By Naomi Rose

Writing from the Deeper SelfIf you read the popular literature on book writing, you may get the feeling that writing a book is all about producing a product. This orientation, which is rather hugely represented, suggests that ~ at least for non-fiction books ~ authors should know their market before they even start writing, so that they can tune their writing to what readers want and will buy. Obviously, this is a purely commercial orientation. And while I have nothing against the wish to be successful in the marketplace ~ I encourage that, because this kind of success supports us to keep doing what we're doing, and also brings to the reading public things that could truly be of deep service ~ there is a difference between serving the public and playing to the lowest common denominator.


Art Perspectives

Art Appreciation: 'La Grande Jatte'

By Chris Dunmire

SeuratIn my art appreciation class I was given the task to compare and contrast two pieces of famous art. Critera included viewing one piece in person at an art gallery and another online and report my subjective findings on the visual elements, principles of design, and differences of my experience viewing the art in each way. For my in-person piece, I went to Chicago's Art Institute to see Georges Seurat's iconic painting, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Next, I found Constantin Brancusi's cherished series and piece, Bird in Space online.


Inner Voices of Creativity

Facilitate Creative Expression Through SoulCollage

By Anne Marie Bennett

SoulCollageClose your eyes and imagine yourself sitting next to your Creative Inner Child. What does she look like? What is she asking you for right now? If you've been denying her some expression of creativity for a while, can you get in touch with that Rebellious Inner Child voice that also lives inside of you? What does your Rebellious Child do to act out his anger at you when he's not allowed to express his abundant creativity? Find pictures in magazines that give image to your own inner Creative Child as well as your own inner Rebellious Child. Make SoulCollage® cards for both.


Fostering Creativity

The Crunchy Munchy Salad Activity

By Molly J. Anderson-Childers

Fostering CreativityYou will not find too many children’s songs about healthy foods. I always hope this activity will inspire interest in eating salad. At least it inspires interest in pretending to be salad! Learning benefits of this activity include: Auditory memory (remembering musical cues to jump and clap); Cognitive development (colors); Curiosity; Fine-motor skills (clapping); Gross-motor skills (jumping); Imagination (pretending to be vegetables); Listening skills (waiting for their colors to be called); and Vocabulary (lettuce, onion, tomato, carrot).


Creative Journaling

Juicy Journal & Wild Words

By Molly J. Anderson-Childers

Juicy JournalsIn this engaging series, we'll create journals of every stripe, size, shape and color. I have some exquisite projects in store for you — a dream journal, a writer's notebook, tiny travel-sized journals that fit in your pocket, journals to give away and journals just for you. I have so many ideas, and I'm so excited to share these projects and inspirations with you.


Premiums and Printables

Boost your Brain Power
with Tree-mendous Memory!

By Chris Dunmire

Treemendous Memory! GameDid you know memory-boosting exercises help improve brain function and positively impact your creative ability as you age? That's why so many sage people are addicted to puzzles like word searches and Sudoku! Here's a playful way to exercise your memory and boost your brainpower: Play my Tree-mendous Memory! game. It comes in two editions: Fall and Spring and can be downloaded in four different styles.


Creativity & Spirituality

Once, in India...

By Jan Phillips

No Ordinary TimeOnce, in India, I was on a train riding in a Ladies Compartment with three women and two children. We had plenty of extra room. When an elderly woman and her daughter appeared in the doorway, I motioned for them to come in. The other women in the compartment seemed perturbed, pursing their lips and shaking their heads with tight little movements. No one moved over to make room. Instead, they cast their eyes down and pretended not to notice the two women looking for seats.


Printable Writing Exercises

20 Mind-Expanding 'Write-Brain' Creative Writing Exercises

By Bonnie Neubauer

Write-BrainTake the Write-Brain writing challenge with one or more of these 20 challenging writing prompts, story starters, and creative writing exercises. You can also download PDF's of the formatted pages to stretch your imagination and flex your creative writing muscles!

Engaging creative writing exercises include: Ambidextrous | Muse-ings | One Sill a Bull | Onomatopoeia | Revenge of the Journal | Run-On | Scribble One | Sideways Glance | States of Mind | Tooth Fairy | It's All In Your Head | Comfort Foods | Dribbling Bananas | Emoti- Cans and Cant's | A Forkful of Spoonerisms | Hodge Podge | Invisible Ink | Take a Letter | Time Traveler | Truth is Stranger Than Fiction



MORE FEATURES & SERIES

Excerpts from Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors & Literary Agents
with Jeff and Deborah Herman


Writing from the Deeper Self
with Naomi Rose


Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock
with Marney Makridakis


Repudiating the Damaging Admission that You're Not Creative
with Kate Quinlan


How Creativity Helps Kids Love Writing
By Maria Chatzi


The Need to Create
By Barbara Bowen


32 Traits of Creative People
By Robert Allan Black


Premiums and Printables

Origami Money Plant Project

By Chris Dunmire

Money PlantWith fake fun printable 'Cashius monetarius' seed packet! As featured in Money: Everything You Never Knew About Your Favorite Thing to Find, Save, Spend, and Covet by Sandra and Harry Chonron, this unique origami money plant makes a delightful gift to create, but hard to give away! Learn how to make this truly memorable craft with my with easy-to-follow instructions in a fully-illustrated, step-by-step 23-page project book.


NEW & UPDATED

The Knockout Nonfiction Book Proposal

Tribulations of the Unknown Writer

The Path of the Spiritual Messenger

Writing in a Spiral

The Value of Completing a Book

Writing as Giving Back

The Important Role of Silence in Writing

Intimate Details in Writing

Writing a New Chapter Your Life

Not-Knowing

Beyond Expertise

Rough Drafts & Revisions

When Books are Less Than Life

You are the Treasure Embedded in Your Book

Refining & Being Refined

Writing as a Quest

Intimate Fruits of a Writing Retreat

Is It Commerce, or Is It Art?

Listening Your Book into Being

For Fun, Write a Book

First Drafts

Inspired Writing

Your Book Can Heal the World

Kronos & Kairos Time Concepts

Maslow's Peak Experiences; Csikszentmihalyi's Flow

Timelessness Through Authenticity

Finding Flow in Everyday Life

Jung's 3 Types of Synchronicity

Synchronicity and Meaning

A Foundational Philosophy of Play

Your Every-Evolving Mission Statement

You are an Actor on a Cosmic Stage

The Critics in Your Head Are Not You

SARK On Loving Wildly, Learning Deeply, & Living Fully

Glad No Matter What Q&A with SARK

What to Do With Change and Losses

Tear, Glue, and Paint Mixed-Media Masterpieces

Creative Collage Combinations

Q&A with Author Cheryl Pallant

Moving Into Writing and Sensate Awareness

Resonant Writing as Somatic Path

Synergetic Awareness in Somatic Writing

Autumn Writing Prompts

Fall Treemendous Memory!

Mastering Creative Anxiety Series

Rethinking Depression Series

The Van Gogh Blues Series

Eric Maisel's 97 Creativity Tips

The Logic of Brainstorms

Taking a Creative Escape

Cultural Permission to Create

The Opinions of Others

Crafting a Starting Ritual

Taking the Bad with the Good

How to Write an Artist's Statement with Integrity

Design Principles in 'A Sunday on La Grande Jatte'

The 6-Day Pottery Class Experiment