“In my own growth, I found how important being authentic is to me. Naomi reflects genuine authenticity and love more than almost anyone I know. Writing with her is an experience that will stretch the soul. Her quest is to pull out of her protege the inner core of truth that lurks there, always elusive, but a many-splendored jewel once found. I highly endorse Naomi and her work.”

—Rebecca Field

 


"Reading your book was like a comforting hug of encouragement. I love everything about it...." ~ Jane Falla, Literary Associate, The Lisa Ekus Group

The Invitation

The Reviews

The Table of Contents

Sample Chapter

Ordering information

THE INVITATION

Writing a book ~ no matter what the topic or genre ~ is a potential source of much joy, discovery, compassion, and connection with the divine. But to get to that point, you have to begin.

And this is where many would-be authors come up against a barrier that they sense but don't even know what it is. "But how do I start?" they ask themselves, at a loss for a point of entry ~ as if writing a book was a formula they needed to learn (or learn to crack), rather than an organic growth that can only come out of them. 

Wouldn't it be freeing and wonderfully helpful to recognize these barriers and have the resources to get through them easily, adeptly, and confidently?

Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Challenge of the Blank Page by Attending to What's Inside You sheds a helpful light on what can come up when you're even thinking about beginning to write a book, and offers surprising, profound, and effective ways to center and prepare yourself to receive the writing that comes. Finally, it leads you through the process of setting down on paper the gifts your heart brings you, anchoring you in the beauty of the writing and the exaltation of the writing experience, so that you can find your way back into this place again and again as your book progresses.

THE REVIEWS

“I’ve read your amazing book and have marveled at your insights and wisdom and warmth. Reading your book was like receiving a comforting hug of encouragement. I love everything about your book—the way you’ve organized it; the crisp, succinct words of advice that don’t hit you over the head; and the gentle, thought-provoking exercises.

The connection of writing and the heart—of the practice of writing as a way to get in touch with the divinity in ourselves—how true! How could this elude us—ever? Once you have this treasure in your being, you realize how clear it all is—why we write, why it matters. What is interesting to me, too, is that I have been arriving at this in my own journey—and many of these sentiments are part of my book that I’ve been working on.But you crystallized some of this for me.”

~ Jane Falla, Literary Associate, The Lisa Ekus Group, LLC

“I have been reading a little everyday and have been very comforted by your words. I found that you had addressed what I had recently been going through with my writing. Your advice to force nothing and push nothing has brought the feelings I have been struggling with home to me, and I feel a blessed permission to regroup and connect within again.

“I have been writing from a state of depletion and I am understanding how important it is to connect more deeply to myself and my own life in order to write in a ‘connected’ way. I really enjoyed how you shared the writing process of the very book I was reading. Your process is very interesting to me because you include so much of your humanness in it. I do understand that the writing needs to be a transmission, and I thank you for putting into words for me what I have been feeling.”

~ Shelley Klammer, author, Collage for Self-Discovery, http://intuitivecreativity.typepad.com

For complete review of this book by Shelley Klammer, click here:

Complete reviews of Starting Your Book

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

I. PREPARING THE GROUND
Chapter 1: Slowing Down and Listening Inside to Make Room to Receive What’s There
~ Practice: Slowing Down

Chapter 2: The You Who Writes

Chapter 3: Why We Fear the Book-Writing Process
~ Lens of Possibility: Transforming Your Fear into Bright Willingness

Chapter 4: What You Can Do to Come Through the “Fear Barrier”
~ Practice: Getting Through the Fear of Writing a Book

Chapter 5: The Value of Not Knowing Everything

Chapter 6: Discovering Your Unique Creative Pathways/Tuning
~ Practice: Finding Your Own Creative Pathways

Chapter 7: Making Sacred Time and Space for Writing
~ Practice: Some Ways to Open to Sacred Time and Space

II. KNOWING YOUR EQUIPMENT
Chapter 8: Engaging the Linear and Artistic Brains: The Best of Both Worlds
~ Practice: Getting Acquainted with Your Linear Brain
~ Practice: Getting Acquainted with Your Artistic Brain

Chapter 9: Are You a “Top Down” or a “ Bottom Up” Kind of Writer?
~ Lens: The Top-Downer’s Natural Habitat

~ Lens: The Bottom-Upper’s Natural Habitat

~ Lens: Integrating Top-Down into Bottom-Up
~ Lens: Integrating Bottom-Up into Top-Down

Chapter 10: The Magic of Desire; the Growth Hormone of Attention
~ Lens: Nourishing Attentions
~ Practice: Articulating Your Heart’s Desire for Your Book

Chapter 11: Now that You’re Prepared . . .

III. WRITING IT DOWN
Chapter 12: Easing into Your Heart

Chapter 13: Accessing What Your Heart Holds in Store
~ Practice: Ways to Access What Your Heart Has to Give You

Chapter 14: How to Tell When You’re on the Right Track

Chapter 15: But What About the Rest of the Book?

END NOTES
How This Book Was Written

For Additional Help, You Might Consider

About Naomi Rose and Writing from the Deeper Self

 

SAMPLE CHAPTER

Chapter 5:
The Value of Not Knowing Everything


Many people think, when considering writing a book, that they need to know beforehand exactly where they are going and exactly how they will get there. And they furthermore think that if they can’t do this at the outset, maybe they won’t be able to write the book.

But in my experience, the creative process doesn’t work this way. If we knew exactly what we were going to write, word for word, and exactly where our book was leading, we would likely find ourselves soon so bored that we wouldn’t even bother continuing.

This makes deep sense when you realize that deep writing is not ~ unlike, perhaps, some of the experiences you had writing in school ~ about proving something. It is about finding something. And, no matter what the topic or genre, really what you will end up finding is yourself.

So we need to know some things ~ enough to get us started, keep us interested, give an indication of a direction. We do need a direction, or at least an orientation. But do we need to know everything about the direction before we begin, or exactly how we will reach it? Sometimes we are presented with something not-yet-clear, a beginning of a journey, without a clear sense of where it leads or who we will be when we get there. Sometimes, not knowing is the best friend we can have in writing a book.

How can this be?

Because when we don’t know, we are present in the not knowing. We are available to pay attention to signs and cues that are given from within. We don’t have it all together ~ and that opens us up to God’s input, the sometimes inchoate impulses from just below consciousness that seek conscious expression through us and us alone—the guidance that, from ordinary consciousness, can initially seem off-track and even irrelevant. As happens in life, sometimes our ego’s plans are not God’s plan for us, and we have to surrender, not knowing, waiting until clarity makes itself known. And then we find ourselves on the perfect path, moving towards a fitting destination, guided from behind and below and above and all sides as we make our way and arrive at the place we sought, in our heart’s desire, all along.

If surprise is not part of the book-writing experience, we cannot have the joy of discovering who we are and the gifts the divine is giving to us in the writing process. If we know it all ahead of time, down to the crossed t and dotted i, we may do it “right” in an ego sense but miss all the wonderful teachings, purgings, and gifts we are heir to along the way.

This is not to advocate deliberate chaos, only to say that being present to not knowing allows what really wants to reveal itself to unfold, until we know from a much deeper level ~ not cognitively so much as deeply in our bones, in a way that has inner authority (from which “author” is derived) ~ the relevance, beauty, and gift of where our writing has taken us.

So in those times when you don’t know exactly where you’re going and how you’re going to get there, take heart. Be still. Breathe. Be present. And listen. Something deeper from within you will arise you take you through the forest and all the way home.

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