Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Writer Wednesday: Ray Bradbury says …


I recently posted this meme on my Facebook page and Twitter and posed the question of whether this idea is perhaps the hardest part of being a writer. It led to further conversation about the true meaning of this quote. Some balked at the idea of “reject acceptance.”

But in order to fully embrace “accept rejection,” one must also learn to reject acceptance. You cannot have one without the other.

Why?

The artist must perpetually seek joy in the creation of the art regardless of external gratification or criticism

Writing for approval is the path to the dark side.

The writer writes because she has a story to tell. It's like an itch that needs scratched. Writing is a way to give the “voices” in her head space to be heard. The writer puts words to the page not to get a gold star or win the prize but because life is incomplete without the act of writing.

The writer grows and matures in his craft when he learns how to know when the work is “good” and when a piece is finished. He does not need someone external to approve of the story. He writes the story of his soul, not the story that he believes others want him to write and/or that others will accept.

And the great beauty of this process is that when an artist/writer/poet/creator digs deep and stays true to his path - when he accepts rejection and rejects acceptance - he is more likely to create a work that is lauded by others. Such works are seen as creative, original, and masterpieces.

Of course not all masterpieces of the soul are recognized as such. But that does not matter to the artist because she did not labor for the purpose of acceptance anyway. She labored because the story needed to be told and she was the only one that could tell it.

Because writing is a metaphor for life, the same holds true for how we live. 

And that is, I think, the most difficult part of both. To live the life our soul seeks to live without need for others to tell us "good job" and to stay on our path even when others are hell-bent on pushing us onto another road.

Why do you write? Do you feel that you have achieved Bradbury's advice - to accept rejection and reject acceptance? Do you agree with Bradbury?



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Choose the Title for My New Book!


The third and final book in the H.A.L.F. series will launch in 2017. But it's already time to choose the title, and I need your help this time!

The title for book 1, The Deep Beneath, came easily to me. After all, approximately 3/4 of the book takes place underground. The title for book 2, The Makers, also seemed natural. In that book, readers learn of the nefarious secret Illuminati-like organization that's behind the H.A.L.F. program and A.H.D.N.A.

But there are several possibilities for a title for book 3. I don't want to spoil it or give too much away, but let's just say that an appropriate symbol for the book would be the Ouroboros, the eternal return. The symbol on the cover of the H.A.L.F. series books plays on this ancient symbol (also related to the caduceus). The symbol relates to the eternal; to never-ending life; to the cycle of life; the end meeting the beginning.

Ouroboros
        
Ouroboros
     
Ouroboros
Ouroboros


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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Indie Author Day MEGA SALE!!

Indie Author Day Mega Sale



In celebration of the first-annual Indie Author Day, I've put ALL of my books on sale. For one day only (October 8, 2016), every one of my digital books is either FREE or 99 Cents (on Amazon only).

FREE BOOKS (TODAY ONLY):


Emily's Trial
H.A.L.F.: The Deep Beneath

     


99 CENT BOOKS (TODAY ONLY):


Emily's House
Emily's Heart
H.A.L.F.: The Makers


       

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Live Your Genius Guided Retreat

LIVING YOUR GENIUS

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it.”  ― Martha Graham



What happens when a shamanic practitioner, a writer, and a Feng Shui master get together?

A unique, one-time only event devoted to eliciting your genius!

Join us September 24, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona for a full day guided retreat. With the assistance of our shamanic practitioner, you will find clarity of purpose. Yours truly will guide you to refine your voice. And our Feng Shui master will teach you how to find your power through placement aligned with your Genius.We'll round out the afternoon with small group discussion and reflection.

Clarity of Voice. The power of Alignment.

Ready to Soar?

WHEN: September 24, 2106 8:30 to 5:00
WHERE: Skyline Country Club, Tucson, Arizona
INCLUDES: Lunch, Snacks, Beverages and All Materials

YOUR INVESTMENT: $144.00 (*Early Bird Rate through 8/31/16)
                                    $180.00 from 9/1/16 - 9/18/16 

Space is limited. To reserve your space at the retreat, click the link.

You can view the media page here.

And if you have questions or wish to discuss before purchase, you can email me at: 
NatalieWrightAuthor (at) gmail (dot) com.



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Writer Wednesday: How to Create Your Own Writing Retreat

When I say "writing retreat" do you think of this?


Or maybe this?


For me, "retreat" means free of distraction. Time devoted to the thing I'm "retreating" for. Whether it's for a few days or a few weeks, when I say I'm going to a writing retreat, I mean that I'm going to spend time doing essentially one thing only from morning to night (and sometimes well into the night): Write.

A writing retreat can be a great way to get yourself back into writing if you've had a long break. It's also perfect for when you're nearly done with a project and need to do a last final push to get to the end. 

Writing retreats can happen with a small group of writers (friends or strangers) or they can be solo affairs. They can be high-end posh affairs that ensconce the writer in luxury, or they can be bare bones and simple where the focus is on writing.

If you have the funds, you can travel to a cool location for a hosted writing retreat in the company of other writers. I've done this before, and it was great fun. But there are two problems with this kind of retreat. First, it can cost quite a bit. From a few hundred to several thousand. Second, I have found that often the programming takes up a lot of time which means that there's little time for what you probably came for: Writing!

But you don't have to travel to an exotic location or spend thousands to have a writing retreat experience. You can create a writing retreat for yourself or your small group. Here a few tips to ensure a great experience:

1.  Retreat! You can schedule a few nights in a hotel in town or maybe the next city over. Or you can send your family away for the weekend and take over the house. Staying in your home environment doesn't feel "retreat" enough? How about a short car trip? I've done all three of these, and any of them will work. The main thing is to find a way to give yourself time without distraction. No kids, spouse, significant other, housemate or responsibility for taking care of other people. This is probably the most important thing. You don't want to have to worry about whether other people are being taken care of. Use the resources at your disposal (spouse, parents, sister/brother, friends, etc.) to take care of others you usually have primary or co-responsibility for. Schedule yourself at least 48 hours of time when you are only responsible for you. Makes your lists and obsess about the details ahead if you must. But once you've shuttled all responsibility to the others, let it go. You're on writing retreat now!

2. Plan Ahead: Book your hotel in advance. Find others to help take care of the kids (and dogs, etc.). Schedule time off of work. And if you're retreating at home, consider a meal subscription service or cook and freeze meals ahead for yourself. For me, cooking is relaxing and enjoyable, so I pamper myself with Plated or Blue Apron and take a break from writing, pour a glass of wine and cook myself a tasty, gourmet meal. If you hate to cook, order takeout or go to a local restaurant (that way you don't have to clean up!). 

3. Unplug: Are you easily distracted by cat videos and toddler memes? Do you get on Twitter and two hours later find yourself still engrossed in tweet after tweet? Or maybe you find it impossible not to open email when you see a notification pop up. Regardless of your general level of distraction, UNPLUG! This is not negotiable. Let everyone know that you'll be away for a few days. Your readers, fans, and family will be supportive. After all, they want to read your next book (or story or poem). So close your email, turn off the ringer, put your phone in "Do Not Disturb", leave the television off. Play music that feeds your soul and allow that to be the only soundtrack to your writing weekend.

4. Have Your Tools Ready: Make sure you have the tools you need to write as much as you want and can. If you write with a pen on paper, ensure that you have plenty of both. And this is no time to skimp. Get the good paper (I love Moleskine notebooks - smooth paper without drag). Get out the good pen that feels great in your hand and make sure you have plenty of ink refills. If you write on a computer, ensure that you have batteries for your mouse and a comfortable keyboard.

5. Pamper: Next to creating a space free of distraction, the next most important part of a retreat is to feel pampered. Make it special for yourself. Get a nice bottle of wine (not the "2 Buck Chuck" from the bottom shelf). Tea or coffee drinker? Stock up on your favorite. If baths are a luxurious ritual you rarely have time for, make sure you have the supplies for a soothing bath during your retreat. Schedule a massage for a break and to ease the tension in your tight shoulders. Buy some good quality dark chocolate or another treat that feels special to you. Get out the candles and create an ambience to support your muse. Think ahead of time about what feels luxurious - special - to you then create that in your space.

Unplug, retreat and pamper. Give yourself the opportunity to freely follow the creative urge and see what happens.  Cheers!