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“Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes
Is the deed ever truly done
For Heaven and the future's sakes”
~~ Robert Frost

Mortal Stakes

Why do you write?
Why do you NOT write?
Why are you AFRAID to write?
Why does writing seem SO HARD?
Because even if you love it, and even if you're playing, you are playing for Mortal Stakes

 

"I don't know if I got this right?" She says. It's not the first time I've had a student say this to me before reading her assignment. I also know it won't be the last time a student says this. Because she is like me. She is like you. She is like any writer wanting to get it right. She wants to be good.

My student's brow is furrowed and her dark eyes shine liquid and serious. I think about how I feel when I sit in the student seat. I want to get it right too. 

I spent most of yesterday working on one section of my novel. Working hard. For hours. Sometimes it was play. Sometimes it was a struggle. Sometimes I had to step away. I took a walk. I wrote. I took a step class. I wrote. I ate a piece of chocolate. I wrote again. And again. And again I wrote.

And still, I know, it's not about getting it right. It's about trying to get it right. Trying to do the exercise. It's not about being perfect. It's about trying. It's in the trying that you bypass your talent and discover your genius. AND YOUR VOICE. 

So when my student says she doesn't know if she got it right, I say what I have said to so many other students and will say to so many more.

"Good," I say, "let's hear your piece anyway." 

And, of course, I offer my you-just-have-to-try-and-do-the-exercise lecture because I am a teacher at heart. And this is a good teaching moment. 

Picasso said, “When I was a child I could paint like a master, and I’ve spent the rest of my life trying to paint again like a child.” 

So we play. We play as adults.
We don’t quit when we lose.
We don’t leave the sandbox because our castle crumbled.
We don’t stop writing because it’s not ‘good.’

Instead, we practice. We tried something it didn’t work. Okay, maybe it will work over here. Or maybe it will never work for us. Good. You learn something. You ‘failed’ and next time you will ‘fail even better.’ Or maybe you tried it and it DID work! I love it when that happens. 

 

Staying childlike, open, and curious, is a practice. It's scary. To turn toward that blank page. You do it anyway. You are afraid you won't be able to write anything good, or know what to write, or how it will look or GULP be received. And you do it anyway.

That's what I did yesterday. I did it anyway. And in the process, I was deep into my abyss. 

 

It is by going down into the abyss
that we recover the treasures of life.

Where you stumble,
there lies your treasure.

The very cave you are afraid to enter
turns out to be the source of
what you are looking for.

The damned thing in the cave
that was so dreaded
has become the center.
~~ Joseph Campbell

 

Today it will be better. Today I will come back and there will be less dark and more light. Because I stumbled over my own treasure. I kept at it. I dug. I edited. I played around with my images, the metaphors, and the language. Got my dialogue just so and today I will improve upon it. I worked hard. I played hard. 

And so the creative process goes. And so we go as writers.

I continue this process day in and day out and I support you in your process and will guide you through your internal abyss so you can stumble over your treasure. 

If you are ready to be vulnerable.
If you are ready to dive into your abyss, your dark cave, swim in your cenote,
then you are ready for YOUR  Adventure in Writing AND we begin next WEDNESDAY JUNE 8th 

 

If you feel that fear, that nervousness, that question is in your mind:  Am I ready for this? Am I good enough? I say to you, YES YOU ARE. You are ready.  It is your time. Time to dive into yourself, step beyond your talent, and uncover your genius! FIND YOUR VOICE, SHIFT YOUR LIFE, Live Your Adventure in Writing. 

I've got you. You've got this. I promise.



AND Starting July 12th, you can join my Four Week Image Moment Refresher Class. See Below or the website to register and for more details! 

To learn more, Register here or email me with questions. 

 


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Character drives story."
"Voice creates character. ~~ Jack Grapes

NEXT WEEK YOU CAN BEGIN YOUR OWN ADVENTURE!
WEDNESDAY JUNE 8th. 
Adventures In Writing©
  • FIND YOUR VOICE
  • Develop Tonal Dynamics
  • Create compelling Scenes
  • Feel confident about your creative process and your work
  • Tell your story and ensure it is INTERESTING!
  • Never experience writer's block again.
 
Cost  350​​​​

All Classes are Virtual VIA ZOOM CONFERENCE.​


"I learned more from Carolyn doing ONE writing exercise with her than I have learned in 20 plus years of taking writing classes! ~~ Tamara McCleary—CEO, Thulium


We Begin in June! 
AND
WE have room for you
(Spots still available)


 

​Registration is now Open for Wednesday's June class
We Begin on June 8th at 2:30--4:00 pm PST
​Learn how to:

IMAGE MOMENT

4-WEEK REFRESHER CLASS


Beginning July 12th 

 

Tuesdays 9 am --10:30 am PST.
 

Dates are as follows:

July 12th, 19th, 26th, and August 2nd.

 

Your Pen Is Your Camera
Where do you want your reader to look? What do you want your reader to see?

Image Moment 4-Week Refresher Class

“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Anton Chekov​

Show Don't Tell. You hear it all the time, and you might be asking yourself, how do I do it?
Image Moment Is How!

For those who have taken level one of Jack Grapes Method Writing© with me in Adventures in Writing and want to take a deeper dive into this foundational concept. ** Image Moment is the foundational concept that will allow you to use your pen as if it were a camera.

This 4-week class takes an in-depth look at the magic of Image Moment, focusing on its cinematic power and how to use this tool to move your narrative along.

Topics covered will include:

  • Cinematic Effect of Image Moment
  • The Seven Elements
  • The Four Aspects of All Writing: Dialogue, Action, Description, and Commentary 
  • Suspense and psychological time and more.

 

 
Cost  250​​​​

All Classes are Virtual VIA ZOOM CONFERENCE.​


"I learned more from Carolyn doing ONE writing exercise with her than I have learned in 20 plus years of taking writing classes! ~~ Tamara McCleary—CEO, Thulium

**You will need the Level One Method Writing Book. 



 

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