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The Process Notebook

A hands-on "Process Notebook" to use with Naomi Rose's Starting Your Book,

Starting Your Book

to help you discover, track, navigate, and treasure how your book-writing process emerges out of you.

 

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71 pages (pdf)

$14.95  

This 71-page Process Notebook is for those who want to take the wisdom and guidance of Starting Your Book, and expand it in a hands-on way. This deep self-discovery tool is designed to help you become aware of what's inside you that you can cultivate and draw from to write your book(s) with presence, self-awareness and gratitude, ease, the thrill of discovery, and, frequently, joy.

Benefits include:

You can use this Process Notebook with every book or writing project you write. Recognizing your writing process as you are actually writing your book will give you priceless information about who you are as a person and a writer; what brings you closer to yourself; and your own unique creative ways. Not only is it just plain being interesting to observe your own writing process ~ using this notebook will enhance your confidence that you can draw joyfully from your inner well at any time. 

Imagine what it would be like to know:

every time you sit down to write!

This is the promise of this Process Notebook. Because what will come out of this notebook is the ever-increasing fulfillment of your creative promise.

This Process Notebook is a companion to your process of deep writing, so you come to know more and more about who you are, what's inside you, what you can rely on, and where you can go when you haven't a clue. Use it hands-on. Let it become an intimate guide, calling forth your own unique and precious guidance, so that your own unique and precious notes of the one great song can come forth and bring joy and illumination to all of us.

Starting Your Book opens the door. The Process Notebook helps you go through it.

 

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The following excerpts give the flavor.

 

1.

Engaging the Linear and Artistic Brains

The best of both worlds

“As an author, you need the grounding of the Linear Brain

and the inspiration and journeying capacities of the Artistic Brain.

As the possessor of a brain, you have both capabilities.”

{ From Chapter 9, “Engaging the Linear and Artistic Brains,” Starting Your Book (p. 65)}

 

Where do you tend to be more comfortable/at home: in linear, sequential thinking ~ or in evocative, spatial, connecting, simultaneous perceiving?

 

Whichever it is, is fine. The goal is to find a balance that works for you. Both modes are important when writing a book.

 

You can learn more about the expression of these two modes in Starting Your Book , pages 63-71. To help you become comfortable in actually using both modes in your writing, look into the following and see where you find yourself:

 

On a scale of 1-10 (one being “least at home” and 10 being “most at home”), where are you?

 

 

Results:

If your numbers tended to range from 1-5, you are more at home in the “Artistic Brain.”

If your numbers tended to range from 5-10, you are more at home in the Linear Brain.

If you consistently put down 5, you are pretty much at home using both modes.

 

Note: If you enjoyed filling this out, you like measuring yourself according to scales, and are more at home in the Linear Brain. If you didn't so much enjoy it, you're more at home in the Artistic Brain.

 

 

Working with Your Strengths

First let's look into maximizing your existing strength, the place where you feel most at home. Then we'll briefly explore how to connect with and develop the mode you're less comfortable with, currently. Ideally, the result will be a “full-brained” you, able to both create spontaneously and multi-dimensionally, as well as order and sequence things logically.... 

[Much more to come in the actual Process Notebook]

 

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2.

You Already ARE Creative

Paying attention to how your creative openings show themselves

“People who think that writing ‘should' come about in a certain way

don't get to be present for how the creative flow actually does come about for them.”

~ From Chapter 7, “Discovering Your Unique Creative Pathways,” Starting Your Book (page 47)

 

It's really not so much about whether you are creative, but whether you are aware that you're creative. This portion of the Process Notebook will guide you to a more conscious awareness of your innate creativity, and how it shows itself in your being.

  

Letting Go of Ideas about What It Means to Be Creative

People often suffer unnecessarily from the belief that being “creative” is separate from who they are; that it only takes place under certain conditions, and that those conditions aren't available to them (whether from outside or inside). But really, nothing could be further from the truth. Creativity and inspiration are yours for the asking; and the conditions under which they show themselves depend on the unique nature of your being, perhaps even your soul.

 

While you can get a sense of how the creative pathways (openings by which creative insights, energies, passions, etc.) open up for other people, this is only helpful if you feel resonant with those pathways. For example, the novelist William Styron said he always wrote his manuscripts while playing classical music. I love classical music, and even sing and play it instrumentally; but when I write, I need silence so I can find my own inner voice and rhythms. On the other hand, my own openings to creativity ~ for example, being in nature will still my chatter-mind and bring illuminations to the surface, often ~ may or may not fit you.

 

Every human being has certain structural elements in common, and simply opening to the possibility of shifting into one of those structurally universal human modes can really do it for you.

 

Left and right brains: For example: we all have a left brain and a right brain. (I go into this more in the next chapter.) The left brain is what we use to analyze, order, strategize, and so on. It's the dominant way of knowing in Western culture, certainly in the United States . The left brain is essential for living one's life, and living in our world, and it has a very important role to play. What it cannot do, however, is make intuitive leaps and jumps. It's too logical for that.

 

The right brain is where ~ as far as the brain is concerned ~ creativity takes place. (If there were no left brain, we might have all sorts of wonderful creative inner experiences, but we wouldn't be able to communicate them in writing, since it's the left brain that controls our language communications.) The right brain (what I call the “Artistic Brain”) sees connections rather than disparate events. It has a gestalt perspective, where things happen simultaneously, not in linear sequence, and where the pervading feeling is one of wholeness and connection. Poets often thrill to the challenge of taking two things not immediately connected to each other, and finding those connections. It's like being in a forest, and looking around at all the trees, the blue sky, the sunlight leafing down through the trees, the low-lying grasses and mosses and ferns, and experiencing it as all one thing, not a collection of parts.

 

•  How do I experience my left brain? Where do I tend to use it? How at home with it do I feel?

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                  •  How do I experience my right brain? Where do I tend to use it/allow it?

                      Does it tend to be part of my adult life? If so, how?

                      If not, how was it part of my life when I was a child?

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Water: Another common human-structural example involves water. The human body is primarily composed of water (percentages vary from 55% to 90%, by my research). Our blood, our cells, our skin, our lungs, our brain, etc. all have water as a primary component. Whether we are aware of it or not, water flows through us constantly.

 

Therefore, something in our deep, cellular being is connected with water more than we know. It is not an idea, or a theoretical understanding: it is a visceral, indigenous inner place that responds to the outer reflection of itself. To me, this at least partly explains why being in or near water can have a creative-illumination effect. I can't tell you how many “aha” experiences around whatever I was writing at the time I have had in the shower. Or washing dishes. Or listening to one of those Feng Shui water fountains, even while standing at the credit union. Something in us that's below our usual awareness but a constant in our bodies responds to the outer experience of water.

 

                   •  In addition to the water in my body, in what other ways am I around water

                      (e.g., at home and elsewhere)? 

                      How do I feel about water? How does my body feel when I am in or near water?

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                    •  What ways can I bring myself to water in my ordinary life? (e.g., bathing, showering, doing the dishes…)

                        How can I make myself available to its inspiring creative potential?

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[Much more to come in the actual Process Notebook]

 

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