Archive | March, 2009

Rewrite Your Draft Novel: Do You Have Permission to Begin? PART 1

22 Mar

The first question to ask before writing or rewriting anything is: Am I the person to write this book? And––Do I have permission to write this book?
Through an intensely painful experience of my grief over my brother’s death, I found the reason I couldn’t begin my rewrite of one of my draft novels: I was trapped in the coiled hose was a load of unfelt feelings. My first editor once said, “How can you not feel feelings?” It’s easy. In graduate school, we had to memorize two single-spaced pages of defense mechanisms we humans create to avoid feeling what we feel. They’re what keep us shallow and inauthentic.

Stephen Levine, regarded by many as the foremost grief counselor in the country, says, “We live in an ocean of pain.” All of us have endured great loss. Some of us have endured great losses: We’ve been napalmed, lost limbs, sight, homes, and whole families in war or genocide. The rest of us know the losses that all of us endure: the deaths of beloved family members, jobs, security, and trust. Beneath these is the cry of the universe, the cry of universal pain that we feel when we read works by Khaled Husseini (author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns) and others.

We live in an ocean of grief.
The only way to survive is to experience the grief and then feel the love of the universe, the infinite, intelligent, blissful love that upholds us and is our ultimate home. It’s larger than grief.

I felt that, too. It released my grief. I lay weeping for a few minutes and then got up, knowing I was almost fit to write.

Jungian Type for Writers: What Writers Must Know about Personality Types

20 Mar

Personality type may seem an abstract and unnecessary thing for writers to be concerned about. Shouldn’t we be polishing our prose with our writing groups and editors, instead of worrying about our psychological types?

No. Personality type is something writers must know, in addition to how to construct a killer novel and get it sold. Why?

1. You have a personality type whether you know it or not, and whether you care about it or not.

2. Your personality type is intrinsic to who you are and expresses in your writing, as your writing.

3. Your readers also have personality types. Their reading preferences are shaped by their personality types.

4. The wise writer knows this and adjusts his or her writing style to appeal to as broad a spectrum of reader tastes as possible.

Amazon Bestseller Launch Report Complete- Let the Guest Bloggers Begin!

20 Mar

I want to let everyone know that “Your Shelf Life: How Long Will You Last?” has gotten almost 21,000 requests for pages in its few months of existence. Many thanks to my readers! The full, 8-part report on my Amazon Bestseller Day is up. This is essentially an e book about how to plan and […]