Myth #1 –
I am invisible. I have nothing worth saying, and there aren’t any readers who want to hear what I have to say.
Those were words I used to say. Now I know that I am the only one who has my view of the world, who has had my particular experiences, and can speak from that perspective. There are more than enough listeners for the words I have to say. In fact, there are ideal listeners out there who are waiting to hear my words.
This is an important lesson I learned as a student with a writing coaching program. I’ve since created several writing circles, and I see the transformation that happens when people read aloud and have their words received in a respectful and honouring way. The writing circle becomes the first place where writers can experience the impact of their words on ideal listeners.
Myth #2 –
For all other writers, book ideas arrive fully formed, linear and nicely laid out.
Not like mine, which proceeded like a patchwork quilt and I didn’t know how all the pieces could possibly fit together.
The more I talk to other authors, and the more I read about how writers have created their books, I’ve come to realize that writing a book is mostly a non-linear process. Writing has a mind and a life of its own. I can do my best to create a structure, and my writing likes to play outside the lines. Creative inspiration often shows up at inopportune times, demanding to be recorded. I suggest you follow those impulses and those apparent leaps into new directions; there are surprises awaiting the adventurous spirit and the curious mind.
If you would like to learn more about my writing circles and retreats, and my book, The Chocolate Pilgrim, please go to my website for details: www.mariemaccagno.com