My Writing Tips

Writing Tips

How did I know I wanted to be an author? 

My fifth grade English teacher told me I had talent. Me? At age twelve, I wrote my first novel, about a horse. And I’ve been writing ever since … high school, college, married years, post-married single years.

Do I have any writing rituals or practices?

While coffee is brewing, I sit and meditate – tune in. At the end of my practiced routine (ritual), the words just start coming. And I write them down. (Sometimes, the zone hits me while watching TV. I always have paper and pen handy.)

This routine works with all kinds of writing, even with writing my memoirs. It seems that once I “align,” my mind is focused and clear – and the words just come. Even a few minutes of tuning in makes a huge difference. My meditation technique gets me “there.” The writing is the bonus. So easy! (Especially when it “comes” to you – then all you have to do is edit, and organize.)

What is my advice for aspiring authors?

Never give up. Keep at it. Listen to your own instincts. (I write because I can’t “not” write. I just have to.)

Write, write, and keeping writing. Rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. Edit, edit, edit.

I highly recommend English grammar classes and writing courses. It is imperative to get critical feedback so you know what you need to improve.

It also helps to have editing skills, grammar courses in high school and college, and several writing courses and workshops.

Also important: submit for publication, everywhere, anywhere (and save every detail for your work resume).

I’ve been publishing since high school (poetry) and college (creative writing classes), much of which were published in national and school journals. In my most-active dating years (post-marriage), I published in regional newsletters over thirty vignette poems (about the dating life), which I later included in my first memoir, I’m Dancing As Fast As I Can. In my post-dance club life, I published several “true love” poems in magazines (U.S. and Canada). Then I wrote and edited on every job I had (even if they didn’t hire me for that, such as temp clerical secretary jobs; it all adds up on the resume, and led to jobs as an editorial assistance, technical editor, technical writer). Once I started my own freelance book editor professional services (in 1994), I published articles in a writers’ club newsletter.

The spirituality writing “came” to me, starting at age thirty, and that was the origin of all the books. (So far, 11 awards on seven titles submitted, published fifteen and more to come, annually.) The spirituality writing includes personal growth, the spiritual path, angels, meditation, psychic protection, discernment, connecting with one’s Higher Self, the inner voice, consciousness, and the soul; plus, cosmology, dimensions, evolution, time and space, new scientific discoveries (and predictions) in science and medicine, origins of humanity,the future, and the new humanity (my specialty, since 1975).

Tip for spirituality writing: meditate, daily. Listen. Receiving and intuiting are practiced skills, too.

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All posts copyright Charol Messenger.

www.thewritingdoctor.expert since 1994, pro editor since 1969. Best Business of Denver Award in Editorial Services 2016 and 2015. Over 1,450 projects edited (nonfiction, novels, business, academic). Special interest: Inspires the readers.

www.linkedin.com/in/thewritingdoctorexpert


About Charol Messenger

An award-winning spiritual author, futurist and visionary since 1975, Charol Messenger has received 11 awards on seven titles. In addition to news items, the posts are excerpts from award-winning and upcoming books on practical spirituality, awakening to soul consciousness and innate wisdom, living Higher Self conscious, meditation, angels, psychic phenomena and psychic development, and our evolving human species (including our origin and destiny). Three books won INTERNATIONAL Book Excellence Awards Oct. 2016: 1ST PLACE, YOU 2.0 (personal growth). 2ND PLACE, HUMANITY 2.0 (spirituality, sole Finalist, 4th award). 2ND PLACE, THE POWER OF COURAGE (new nonfiction, memoir, 2nd award). NATIONAL FINALISTS — 2015: THE POWER OF COURAGE (women’s issues), INTUITION FOR EVERY DAY (new age nonfiction), THE SOUL PATH (spirituality; also 12 chapters in Pathways magazine, Denver CO, pre-pub title Petals of Self-Discovery), all USA Best Book Awards. 2012: HUMANITY 2.0 (new age nonfiction, USA Best), HUMANITY 2.0 (spirituality, CIPA Evvy), WINGS OF LIGHT (spirituality, CIPA Evvy; also 6 chapters in Spirit Quest magazine, Denver CO). 2005: I’M DANCING AS FAST AS I CAN (memoir, USA Best). 2001: 3RD PLACE, HUMANITY 2.0 (CIPA Evvy, first edition titled The New Humanity, now Vol. I). Charol's Higher Self writing began with a spontaneous mystical awakening to cosmic consciousness in 1975. She was certified in 1983 as a Clear Conscious Channel of the Spiritual Hierarchy by the Tibetan Foundation; and in 1992 certified as a Lightworker by nationally renowned clairvoyant-lightworker Linda Schiller-Hanna. Since 1975, Charol has given over 21,000 personal readings as a Higher Self Clairvoyant. She is also a professional freelance book editor (over 192 books since 1994; nonfiction, fiction). She lives in Colorado with her spunky Yorkie. A messenger of angels, her oversoul and the Universal I Am Consciousness (Universal Mind), Charol writes on The New Humanity, which is now. All materials posted are copyright Charol Messenger. Reader: “Wow! I am inspired by your vision…. You are have a strong voice. The only thing to do in an age of darkness is to ‘Let your light shine!’ You shine true.” – Pamela Moresby Also blogging at: https://niume.com/drafts/250103
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