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

'Writing Dangerously' Interview with Author Barbara Abercrombie

By New World Library

Barbara AbercrombieThrough her years teaching writing at UCLA Extension, Barbara Abercrombie has heard repeatedly that writing is painful, scary, even dangerous. In this Q&A, Barbara discusses what dangerous writing means, why it's important, and how Writing Dangerously is different from other books on creative writing. She notes, "It's important to write our stories, no matter how hard it might be. No one can tell your story the way you can. And each story is unique and precious and needs to be told."

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

Leaping into Experiences

By Linda Dessau

DavinciDavinci's Dimostrazione is about learning from our mistakes. It's about being willing to be right in the moment of an experience, and to challenge long-standing beliefs and opinions in favour of what you're actually experiencing. You know you're truly living in the present moment when you're lost in what you're doing, when time passes without you noticing, when you're in a trance-like state of concentration or when you're completely immersed in concentration on your task.

Guided Imagery

Freedom: Freeing Your Inner Muse

By Molly Childers & Chris Dunmire

freedomYour work, your every idea, is significant, for only you can bring your unique perspective to life. This guided meditation will free your inner muse through a Milkyway Marbles Meditation and sowing seeds in the Garden of your heart.

Art of the Song

The Opinions of Others

By Eric Maisel, PhD

Art of the SongSeveral years ago I received word that I'd come in second in a prestigious national novel-writing competition. Coming in second in a national novel-writing competition is like coming in second in major league sports. You're a loser. Isn't that the way our culture thinks? Isn't that the way we ourselves think? Of course, we can reframe the matter and say "I came so far" or "I came this close." Still, when all is said and done, people who do not come in first feel like losers.

The Nine Modern Day Muses

Albert, A Muse with an Attitude

By Jill Badonsky, MEd

Symbol of AlbertAlbert is the Modern Day Muse of Innovation and Imagination. His powers range from encouraging us to break the rules to embodying a different persona in order to experience a more creative perspective. These tools can dull writing into irresistible prose, a relationship suffering from routine into one rich with novelty, or an unexciting business plan to one thriving in distinction. When I plan workshops, it is this Muse's creative concepts I call upon the most because they easily lend themselves to quick applications for creative success.

Creativity & Inspiration

Light Bulb Moments on Tap Series

By Tom Evans

LightbulbMost people never give their thoughts a second thought. This is a shame as what you think and how you are thinking fundamentally affects the world around you. Just imagine if your day could be full of brilliant ideas and inspirations that made you healthier, wealthier and wiser. For most people, life just gets in the way of even contemplating that this could happen. Our thoughts are consumed by getting the kids to school, 'imagining' a confrontation with someone at work or worrying about how to make ends meet. This series will take you through a process of how to change the way you think so your mind works to your advantage and you are not a slave to your thoughts.


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


Inspiring Creativity Quotes

Autumn Writing Prompts

13 Engaging Ways to Play with Your Writing Around the Fall Season

By Chris Dunmire

Fall LeavesGoing back to school. Harvest time. Colorful falling leaves. Corn mazes, acorns, pumpkins, scarecrows, Halloween and Thanksgiving. In the Midwest, Autumn is the time of the year when cooler temperatures sweep in over summer's waning heat and the growing season comes to full fruition before winding down to dormancy. Fall officially begins in September and runs through October, November, and into December, when the seasonal change next morphs into winter. Inject some seasonal inspiration into your creative writing with these fall-themed writing prompts, photos, and printable projects and reflect on the meaning of the season to capture the transforming magic in the air for this colorful, transitioning space in the year.

Freeing the Writer Within

Warning! (To Writers)

By Natalie Goldberg

Natalie GoldbergI have not seen writing lead to happiness in my friends' lives. I'm sorry to say this, I, who just fifteen years ago published a book telling everyone to grab their notebooks and write their asses off. No high like it, I said. I meant it — and it was true. Now I'm past fifty, and I have given everything to writing, the way a Zen master watches her breath and burns through distraction. Was I a fool to do this? Did I choose the wrong path? I once told my great teacher Katagiri Roshi, "If I put the effort into zazen that I put into writing, I'd be sitting where you are." "Yes, yes," he beamed.

Art Perspectives

The Eight Principles of Design

By Whitney Freya

DesignThe principles of design are not the result of a panel of art academics who felt the need to create more rules. The principles of design are the language of our mind's eye, how we visually analyze everything we see. They have been used by artists for centuries to create paintings that successfully communicate their heart's desire, the natural beauty of a landscape, the spirit of a portrait, or the innate element of objects in a still life. Now you are going to learn how to use them. The principles of design are interwoven throughout our lives because we process so much of our world and our life visually.

Inner Voices of Creativity

Nurture Your Inner Child Through SoulCollage

By Anne Marie Bennett

SoulCollageWhat does your Inner Creative Child look like? Is he/she getting enough healthy doses of creativity? What kind of voice does your Inner Creative Child use when it's content? How does he/she try to get your attention? What would your week look like if you were committed to satisfying your Inner Creative Child's need for self-expression?

Fostering Creativity

The Secret (and Very Creative) Life of Puppets

By Abby Connors

Fostering CreativityNurturing young children's creativity is a big job, and we can't do it alone. Fortunately, we have cleverly written stories with gorgeous illustrations, recordings of beautiful and exciting music, and all kinds of props and costumes to help us stir children's imaginations. And for me, the most powerful partners in promoting creative thinking are my fabulous, tireless puppet friends.

Juicy Journal & Wild Words

Creating a Writer's Notebook

By Molly J. Anderson-Childers

Juicy JournalsIf you're already journaling about your life, you may harbor dreams of writing professionally one day — I know that's where I started! Or maybe you're an experienced writer, interested in going deeper into your work, further along the writer's path. No matter where you are in your journey, a writer's notebook is an invaluable tool, every step of the way. What's the difference between a journal and a writer's notebook? They're as different as apples and zebras!

Creative Projects

4 Whimsical Rock Painting Tutorials

By Ernestina Gallina

Rock PaintingThis engaging series of rock painting tutorials will teach you how to transform smooth river stones into unique works of art. Once you understand the fundamentals of rock painting, you can use your imagination to design your own creations with endless possibilities! Step by step rock painting lessons include: Cute Love Bugs, Basket of Pansies, Messages and Quotes Written in Stone, and Painted Desert Cactus in Flower Planter.

Dreaming the Soul Back Home

Meeting the Soul of the Soul

By Robert Moss

DreamingOf all the guides and mentors that may become available to us in a lifetime, the most important may well be one that we often fail to recognize, either because we lose connection and forget that it exists, or because we mistake it for something else. This is a friend of the soul that will never lie to us and will never judge us. It is no stranger. It is not a deity or spirit outside our own being. It is the Self on a higher level than the ordinary self. It is the face the Greater Self shows us when we are willing to look at it.

Creative Writing Prompts

'LINGO-istics' Writing Exercise

By Bonnie Neubauer

LINGO-isticsThe touches of slang or lingo added to your dialogue and narrative to make your writing sound more realistic. Here’s a chance to try your hand at some Lingo-istics. Write a thirty-second radio commercial to sell a remedy for writer’s block. Make sure you use lots of writer’s lingo to show that you understand the craft and can relate to the challenges your audience is facing. Write a commercial that would make you want to buy the remedy, too. If you ever find yourself faced with a bit of a block, pull out this commercial and "sell" yourself the remedy.


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

Halloween Tricks & Treats for Teachers

By Chris Dunmire

Tricks and TreatsHalloween Tricks & Treats for Teachers contains a celebratory assortment of playful projects, ponderable puzzles, and printable pranks to use in the classroom with students during Halloween week to inspire creative thinking, art, and writing. Features: Fake Scare-Rots Seed Packet, How to Draw a Cartoony Pumpkin, The World's Hardest Halloween Word Search Puzzle, Vumpire Teeth word play, Pumpkin Patch Kit, and Pumpkin Poetry Story Book prompt, and more.


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


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