“First Epiphany- Then the Rewrites” Revisited

Last week, I had a writing epiphany. (First, Epiphany- Then The Rewrites…)

I was driving around and thinking about the book I’m currently working on and suddenly realized that, if I rearranged the various pieces of information I was writing about, the whole book would flow better, make more sense and be a better book.

hands with laptop typing in nightYay, Epiphany!

And then I realized that doing this would be a boatload of piddly, detail oriented fiddliness….

Boo, fiddly more-work!

Well I’m pleased to say that I rolled up my sleeves, girded my loins and dove right into it this weekend, and despite one day on the road, and one day staggering around with a head fulla sinus-ness, the epiphany has been worked through;

And it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was gonna be.

A few more chapters to rough out, a few more points to insert and then I’m ready for my first editing run.

Hope your writing’s going well and that all of your epiphanies turn out for the best.

Catherine Kane

4/26/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

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Talk It Out (Writing Quick Tip)

Trying to write something, but it doesn’t seem quite right? Can’t put your finger on why? Try different things but none of them seem to work?Romantic woman using laptop

Then try talking your topic out.

Find someplace that you can be private and not be interrupted. Close your eyes. Picture yourself standing in front of an audience that is eager to hear all about this topic and who hangs on your every word. Start talking about this topic. Give the best talk you can to explain this information to your audience. Go back and give this talk several times, with the intention that each time you give it, the talk gets better and your use of words improves

Listen to yourself giving your talk, and then open your eyes and write it down

I like to do this as I’m driving around in the car (without closing my eyes of course) but any private spot where you can talk out loud without feeling selfconscious will do

Many times, talking it through helps to crystalize the topic in your mind, helping you to explain things more clearly and make more sense. When we read, our minds hear the words as well as seeing them, and talking through your topic can help you find the best way to explain it on the page

So talk through your topic and notice how the words shine

Catherine Kane

4/25/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Unread, per Le Guin (Inspiration)

Burning candle“The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

Catherine Kane

4/24/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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First, Epiphany- Then The Rewrites…

I’m currently writing a book on energetic coping skills for living in “interesting times” .  I was asked to teach a class on that at this weekend’s Connecticut Pagan Pride’s Beltaine festival . And, as I so often do when planning a new talk, I’m talking myself through the various points as I drive from place to place on other tasks.

And suddenly, I have an epiphany…hands with laptop typing in night

Now the Business Dictionary describes an epiphany as a sudden realization about the nature or meaning of something, and says that it  can often come about due to some experience  that may  trigger the sudden realization.

And that’s what happened to me. As I talked my way along, the metaphorical lightbulb went off and I suddenly realized that, while I still wanted to discuss all of the points that I originally had in mind, they’d make much more sense and flow better for the reader if I lined them up differently.

Epiphany!- this will make for a better talk and a better book

Agony! – this means a whole lot more work with moving sections around and doing rewrites so it all comes together smoothly.

I’ll be glad of this later, but right now it’s kinda a mixed blessing

Want to hear me talk about energetic techniques for living in “interesting times”? Then catch my talk at 11 at Connecticut Pagan Pride’s Beltaine festival

And watch for more news of the book as it develops….

Catherine Kane

4/21/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

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Position Is Everything- the Eyes Have It

Previously, I did a series of posts about ergonomics for writers- how to  set up your position when writing to protect your health and well being and how to adjust your environment to support that.

Was thinking about this recently and realized that there was one thing I had yet to touch on- your eyes. Your eyes are an important part of writing, and treating them properly can help you to write longer and better. Here’s some things you can do to support your eyes when you’re writing

  • Pay attention to what your eyes are trying to tell you. If they feel tired or itchy or Romantic woman using laptopstrained, you need to stop and take a break, (even if the chase scene is approaching its climax) Your writing will be there when you get back off of your break.
  • When you’re focused on a screen for an extended length of time, you can develop eye strain or even headaches. Stop typing for a minute or two and change your focus. Blink. Look at something in the distance. Close your eyes for a minute to rest them and then open them again
  • If your eyes feel itchy or hot, one possible explanation is allergies or things in the air. Check your eyes and see if you could use some eye drops to clear out irritations
  • If you find yourself squinting or straining your eyes a lot, a change of type may help. Some fonts are easier to read. Bigger letters can reduce eye strain. Experiment to find a font and size that’s easier on your eyes.

Take care of your eyes while you’re writing, and they’ll be ready to help you do great deeds of writing.

(Want to see the previous posts? Check out

Position is Everything…

Position is Everything- From the Ground Up

Position Is Everything- Get a Leg Up

Position Is Everything- Got Your Back

Position is Everything- a Fare Well to Arms

Position Is Everything- It’s All in the Wrist

Catherine Kane

4/20/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Beltaine is Almost Here (Time Sensitive)

577442_3521710873755_1617833526_nThis weekend, I’ll be back outstanding in my field (or somebody’s field) as one of the psychics of Foresight.

Join me on April 22 from 10 -6 at the Connecticut Pagan Pride’s Beltaine event at the VFW at 152 Massirio Drive in Berlin , Connecticut. It’s a day of education, networking, entertainment and fun, and admission is only $5.

There’ll be great classes at this event, and lots of vendors, including the psychics of Foresight doing readings and Reiki and selling my books. There are collections of non-perishable food items and pet supplies for local charities; and there are other interesting activities as well.

Starwolf will be teaching Run Valdyr ( a metaphysical system of healing and energy work that uses the runes) and I’ll be teaching Living in Interesting Times (practical energetic approaches to dealing with times when things are challenging or hard)

Want to know more? Then click here

And I hope to see you this Saturday at the Connecticut Pagan Pride’s Beltaine celebration

Catherine Kane

4/19/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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R. L.Stine Shares His Writing Secrets

Thinking about writing horror? Check out what R. L. Stine has to say.cat sitting looking at laptop

Writing Words of Wisdom: R. L. Stine

Catherine Kane

4/18/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Journal, per Kidd (Inspiration)

“I sometimes start keeping a journal about the writing process itself. Particularly when I get the ideas, andBurning candle I am trying to brood over the chaos phase. In writing a novel, you really have to brood over a lot of chaos of ideas and possibilities.”

Sue Monk Kidd

Catherine Kane

4/17/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Help Wanted (Games Writers Play)

Want to get to know your character better? Want to develop them more fully?

Then try writing a want ad for someone to fill the position of your main character.

Think about the story you’re trying to tell. Think about what you need your main character to do, and what kind of person would be the best fit for that position. Then write that ad (and keep in mind the word count. when you’re paying by the word, more is less; and that will help you focus in on what’s most important for your character to be and what skills and background he’ll need..)

Looking at your character through the filter of the function he serves in your story will help you to understand him more fully. Give it a try…

Catherine Kane

4/14/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Chapter 17 – Rough Draft is Done…

…and Chapter 18 started. Only three more chapters to rough out before I start my first rewrite

(unless, of course, the book buds off another couple of chapters- something that has beenhands with laptop typing in night happening as I go along with this one…)

When I was writing some of my previous books, I’d find experiences popping up in my life that paralleled the topic I was writing about. When I was writing about dream work, I started getting more messages through dreams. When I was writing about manifestation, I started having more experiences of manifesting things that were out of what could ordinarily be expected.

The current book is a guide to living in challenging times and energetic ways to cope with that. I’ve been facing a lot of challenges in the past few years, and that’s part of my research for writing this, but, as I write, I’m having things pop up that do their best to get in the way of me writing.

It’s like being in a lifestyle traffic jam- start and stop, start and stop

but still I keep writing

They say that when you embark on the Hero’s Quest, one of the signs of this is that obstacles and opponents will pop up and try to stop you. In theory, they’re there to test your commitment to the quest, but also to build your muscle so that you are fitted for the challenges that lie ahead.

Now writing a book is not as big a Hero’s Quest as the quests of many others, but it does still share this characteristic

and so I write, and overcome a challenge, and write, and overcome an obstacle and on we go..

So how’s your quest?….

Catherine Kane

4/13/17

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

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