My response to post above by Val,
I’m in complete alignment with you. What I found is that writing is the best way for me to dig into the gold mine of my being. One day, while walking around my two lakes, I met a gay man who pointed out a rainbow to me. I couldn’t see it because I had dark sunglasses on. When I removed them, I saw TWO rainbows, perched directly over my apartment building. That’s how life is. You must take off the rose-tinted glasses to see the truth and, if your glasses are too dark, you could miss all the bright beauty of life. Also, that beautiful morning, the moon was in the sky, along with fluffy white clouds and there were sun showers falling on my head! So, when I got back to my computer, I immediately penned my book “The Moon, Sun Showers, Rainbows and Whipped Cream Clouds”.
Someone said at a book fair I participated in last month that we shouldn’t write books with the intention of making a lot of money. I agree. I have published nine books, including the one mentioned above and, I have to admit, I have sold a million copies of any of them, yet. But writing them, publishing them and sharing them with others makes me feel worth a million! First, people realize that I am industrious and have something to say. Secondly, I recognize my own “transformation and transmutation” from a mediocre being to a Divine Being of Light, Love and Music.
Writing is transformational. Like music, which I consider to be the “mastery of mind”, writing is like using a pick and shovel to dig deep down into the crevices of your soul. Often, I wondered why and how people wrote books, before I began writing my own. Then, I understood, after taking 13 months to produce my first book “In Pursuit of a Melody”, that it is the best therapy I could have ever engaged in. Now, I’m teaching others how to write and publish their own lives. My workshop – Write Your Life takes people through the process from beginning to end.
Learn more about my books and workshop at http://fyicomminc.com/books/jc-books.htm#WRITE
and thanks for this post!
Diva Joan Cartwright has the opportunity to teach a creative writing workshop in Assisi, Italy, in July-August. She needs 4-10 students to make this happen.
Register for a two or four-week intensive writing workshop in Assisi, Italy with musician, composer, poet and author Diva Joan Cartwright, author of 9 books: 3 poetry, 2 manuals on musicians and musicianship, memoirs, history and 2 music books. Joan’s classes will explore the creative process involved in structuring lyrics and poetry; researching biographical material; interviewing as research; journaling as storytelling; travel writing and historical data gathering. Classes run from July 18 to August 18, 2009. For information and registration: www.artworkshopintl.com