Conversations: 2/5/2016

IMPASSIONED VISION

Whether you are a fledgling writer (just drying your feathers so you can fly) or an experienced eagle-author (whose books soar into the headlines with ease), I believe there is a key that will unlock even more writing abilities for you beyond developing additional skills and techniques.  This key is labeled: PASSION. It unlocks the door to discovering the passions that drive us to write what we write. When that happens—throughout the writers lifetime—we experience vision elements that pave the way to developing the next book, and the next.

What does this quality of Impassioned Vision look like?

  • Clarity concerning the mission and/or purpose to what we write.
  • Focused research that will provide more details on the subject matter.
  • Connection to other writers, researchers, inspired scientists and thinkers.
  • New perspectives that will challenge current thinking and cause us the build and rebuild our own viewpoints (and the various views of our characters).

Although I’ve yet to read every book by Author Anne Lamott, she continues to be one of my favorite writers. Even though some might call her more of a political activist, I enjoy her honesty and impassioned style which has, time-after-time, touched the lives of readers and challenged them to look deeper within.

Ms. Lamott has published a book titled: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.  Many of her statements inspire me and, yes, some confuse me a bit.  However, what Lamott talks about in this book indicates to me that she’s utilizing this impassioned vision key. Her words in the following quote—speaking directly to all writers—are so beautifully written that I must share it:

"Bird by Bird" by Ann Lamott

And so it is, my friends, that I encourage every writer out there to “build your sand castles!” Dig deep to discover your very personal impassioned visions! Weave your passions, your perspectives, your “Aha” moments with research and imagination into every manuscript page.  Let your stories be told with sharpened telescopic vision through the characters—the “people”—whose passions must be heard.

Then PUBLISH! If you have a publisher-in-waiting, review the contract and sign. If not, don’t be fearful of the self-publishing marketplace. It is growing by-the-minute and offering authors partnerships with creative consultants, marketing specialists and so much more. ⚓︎

RoyaleneABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene has been writing something since before kindergarten days and continues to love the process. Through her small business—DOYLE WRITING SERVICES—she brings more than 40 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their projects. This is a nice fit as she develops these blogs for Outskirts Press (OP) a leading self-publisher, and occasionally accepts a ghostwriting project from one of their clients. Her recent book release (with OP) titled FIREPROOF PROVERBS, A Writer’s Study of Words, is already receiving excellent reviews including several professional writer’s endorsements given on the book’s back cover.  

Royalene’s writing experience grew through a wide variety of positions from Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to Teacher of Literature and Advanced Writing courses and editor/writer for an International Christian ministry. Her willingness to listen to struggling authors, learn their goals and expectations and discern their writing voice has brought many manuscripts into the published books arena.

Friday Conversations With A Self-Publishing Writer 1/10/14

BUILDING SAND CASTLES…

Some time ago—during a wonderful day of listening to the writings of poets, essayists, short-story writers and mystery weavers—I heard one whispering voice behind me make the following statement:  “No one will ever understand what I’m writing.  They just won’t take the time to consider the levels.”

That “level” of discouragement was not what I anticipated—or experienced up to that point—in the midst of this marvelous group of writers.  The fledgling authors were bubbling with enthusiasm.  The experienced (yet unpublished) writers spoke of challenges they’d met and new horizons before them.  And the published men and women seemed to actually sparkle as they autographed copies of their books and encouraged everyone.  When I tried to inconspicuously locate the person who’d spoken those disheartened words, the crowd had shuffled.  I didn’t want anyone leaving that gathering in such consternation, yet it was apparent that I would not be the one to reassure that person.

Later, as I thought about this unknown writer, a present-day author came to mind: Anne Lamott.  Some might call her more of a political activist; however, the popularity of her work has proven that writing with honesty will not only meet the unexpected needs of the writer, but also touch the lives of readers who WILL understand the multi-levels of development and meaning.  Ms. Lamott has published a book titled Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.  Many of her statements inspire me and, yes, some confuse me a bit.  However the following—speaking directly to all writers—is so beautifully written that I must share it.

“You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We build this place with the sand of memories; these castles are our memories and inventiveness made tangible. So part of us believes that when the tide starts coming in, we won’t really have lost anything, because actually only a symbol of it was there in the sand. Another part of us thinks we’ll figure out a way to divert the ocean. This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won’t wash them away.”

So it is, my friends, that I encourage every writer out there to “build your sand castles!”  Weave your memories with research and imagination.  Let the characters—the “people”—whose passions must be heard tell their stories.  Then PUBLISH!

Royalene ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene Doyle is a Ghostwriter with Outskirts Press, bringing more than 35 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their writing projects. She has worked with both experienced and fledgling writers helping complete projects in multiple genres. When a writer brings the passion they have for their work and combines it with Royalene’s passion to see the finished project in print, books are published and the writer’s legacy is passed forward.