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Writers Collection

           Fall still brought beautiful days to St Claire Shores. Anne walked down the road with a light step. Her new walking shoes gave her a bounce that eased her tired heels. It seemed as if she didn’t stay on her heels long at all. She bounced into the next step as if on air.  Walking every day gave her a workout and yet it didn’t tax her body as much as running would.

            Her favorite rowboat was on dry land now even though gentle weather has lasted well into October.  Therefore, she is on foot until the end of April for her morning communing. It was her meditation time and renewed her writing for the day. When her writing tapered off for the day, she went on to other projects such as cleaning, or shopping, etc. She saved a couple of weekday afternoons for lunch with a friend or she would eat alone observing her surroundings and people. One night of the week, she spent an evening socializing with friends in groups. Everything she did helped fuel her writing.

            People were so interesting to her and they all had a different slant on life. She could glean charateristics from each person she encountered. Anne looked at people and remembered her first impressions so she could describe a physical trait for a character whether nice looking or not. She often used her first impressions of energy exchanges, as well. She would write describing a bad wind entering a room or a welcome light shining among a dull lifeless group of life-worn codgers.

  • Just sitting by a window in the café offered a Technicolor view of the weather.
  • It was so gray and cloudy the streetlights went on before the rain fell.
  • One cloud drifted slowly through the peach and turquoise sky.
  • She could see and hear the metal rings on the café curtains clanking against the curtain rod. A customer left in a hurry pushing the door with all his might. The blustery wind held the door open blowing even the dust on the floor in the café. The manager closed the door as quickly as possible.

        Poems came out of her walking and viewing through restaurant and café windows. There were days in winter she would go to an atrium in the center of the ground floor of a hotel. This had the same effect on her as a nature walk and rowing in summer.

           Anne liked writing. She often looked for new ways to tap her creative force and so she nurtured her process with foolproof actions. Exercise and beautiful surroundings opened her inner self to express.

         Anne sat on the bench outside her door. She watched migrating birds in the sky. After a few minutes she said, “Now, off to find a new place to add to my collection of writing places.”

Anne . . .

The End of a Day

10-14-2001

            Anne watched as the last miner stepped out of the crowd and hugged a loved one. It seems as if the whole world was watching and cheering them to safety.” That was nothing other than miraculous”, Anne sighed.

 “It’s so nice to see a miracle before our eyes”, Anne thought. What a change from the death and disaster we have come to hear every day. The happening gives hope to everyone watching. Hope is certainly what we need during times of change. And it’s a great relief from political attack ads.”

The latest ads were so offensive Anne turned the television off. The quietness was so relaxing she turned the lights off, as well.  She sat in a comfortable chair by the window. The fall evening was blustery. Actually, it was a favorite kind of night for Anne. It made the warmth of her home very appealing as she watched the trees bend and sway under the moonlight. She grabbed her afghan and tucked it under her neck then threw it back over her shoulders. The chair would keep her back warm.

Anne sat there for a while and then decided to watch some television before bed. She checked her recordings and voila! A repeat of a PBS mystery was recorded yesterday during the wee hours of the morning. What a nice surprise!

Anne clicked the play button then she reinforced her blanket over her shoulders. She was as happy as a swaddled child. She yawned and began watching the mystery.

Anne . . .

Writing Process

           Anne ran into the store for a couple of things she needed for the morning. It had been a long day for her. She began writing early and finished at 5:00pm. She was finishing her latest book and somehow it had gotten very hard to cut it down to where she wanted it. The ideas for the chapters were great so she wrote every idea she had into her file. This made it hard when she went back to it because she had to weed out some ideas to simplify her story otherwise she would have much too many details.

            Continuing with her storyline wasn’t hard. Reorganizing made writing much easier. Anne had really liked creating her characters. She felt she knew them personally and so she cared about their stories. It’s really something how an author connects with characters. It brings a fond regard, which permeates, through the pages of words keeping the integrity of the character.

            Staying true to the characters gives a good story and consistent flow through the book. Once she’s finished, she’ll go through the chapters again to make sure every detail is covered and clearly explained. Sometimes Anne would laugh when she thought of where she goes during a day of writing. She can be in an English estate or pub or Africa if a character is doing business there. “How lucky is that?” she often thought.

             Walking out of the store she found a rabbit’s foot.” Hummm”, she said to herself, “maybe I’ll use this find in one of my new stories!”

            “Now to get something to eat, relax and start again in the morning.” Anne said to herself. “Maybe I can fit in some exercise before starting again.”

. . . Anne

. . . Lifelong Creative Journey

. . . cont’d-3

I have created a 7-Step comprehensive writing program Writing for Expression and Profit.  The program is flexible and it’s designed to unfold around one’s schedule. If a person would like to take a break after completing a step that’s fine as long as they keep writing while on vacation.

  • From deciding on a project
  • To creating an outline
  • Writing a first draft
  • Creating a course eBook for practice
  • . . . And much more
  • Publishing and Marketing

My coaching program is full of direction and information about writing and doing business on the web. Intuitively, you will be guided. Each step has sessions introducing information related to your progress and for that step.

The eBook market is exploding. There is room for you in that market. With the population increasing daily and could go to 8 billion, there is a market for all of us. Each of us can affect some of the people on the planet. There is room for us all because we won’t be stripping the forests of all trees to get our messages out. We can offer our products on an eReader for greater breadth of distribution along with our books and audios sold and downloaded from our own websites.

            Give this some thought and click the link for more information about my coaching program. Also, email me with answers to your questions on the Questions and Comments page. I look forward to hearing from you.

With Love,

                Cathie Andrew

. . . Lifelong Creative Journey

. . . cont’d-2

From my cookbook beginnings came my newest book, Wellspring- How to Write Your Memoirs©2010. This book is a great reference to the simplicity of the basic writing process. It encourages one to realize they too can write of their history. From basic organization of a place to write to committing to what to write about, it covers some activities and guidelines to follow. I give this book away in Step 2 of my Writing for Expression & Profit coaching program.

            I enjoy writing stories about Anne. I blog about her thoughts and feelings and I am finishing an inspirational fiction book with her as the central character and others who live in a small town. The book is coming soon. It is entitled “Conversations with Anne”©2010. It’s the first of a series.  ” Ever Evolving, Ever Blooming”

            I write articles about writing, I am published in print books of other authors. I write poetry, which only needs organizing into a book. I continue to write and create and will continue to do so. Expression is important to me and that is the basis of my Coaching program. To help others open to their creativity, express their truth, and share what they know with others. We learn from one another. We read of other’s experiences and how they resolved an issue, we read to learn how to do something, we read to hear stories of other’s that take us to different places on the map and eras gone by. Writing is thought to be solitary and yet it affects so many readers.

We can be affiliates for other people’s products we want to recommend. This increases our product offerings and enhances sales. Your customers will want to know what you like and so endorsing another product is good for all concerned.

. . . cont’d

Cathie Andrew

Lifelong Creative Journey

            Writing is a logical time consuming joy to me. I have been writing regularly for about 5 years now and when I sit to write I feel as  if all of me is present and my body is in sync with my brain. The creative force and my soul are present, leading the way. Writing was not always like this for me. I found through my adult years that writing was a good vehicle for me to express what I wanted to say. I used it to make lists of chores for my children and to fully express my thoughts when an emotional subject needed discussing.

            When I began writing, daily, I wrote to my coach through emails. What I wrote was not very good at all. Most of my writing was statements about my day and many complaints about my boss. I did that for any months before I decided to write a cookbook and include vignettes about the women in my family. I wrote of two grandmothers, my mother and myself. Then, I included family recipes and other recipes I created. Some I received from different groups of friends. When I wrote about my family and remembered parts of my youth, I began writing in a different way.

            After a first draft and then a second, the writing developed into interesting paragraphs. I was so proud of my stories. I enjoyed remembering good times and traditions I loved from childhood.

            I then wrote another small recipe book with more vintage recipes for those who wanted my give-a–way recipes in a book. I even did an audio version of the original book. Now with the expanded new edition, “Traditional Cookbook”©2009 I am adding to the file to bring it up to date.

           Creativity has always been a part of my life in some way or another. Writing my cookbook was a pleasant fulfilling journey. Taking up writing later in life seems to have followed, rightly, a whole line of creative endeavors. From aspects of Cosmetology, to cooking and baking, to writing-there have been many facets of each that came out of the creative center inside of me.

. . . to be continued

Cathie Andrew

The Art of Writing-Talk to Yourself

If you want to improve your writing, talk to yourself.  Yes, out loud. Writing and speaking go hand in hand. Working at one form of communication helps increase your skills of the other.”Practice makes perfect”. This is true. Why not combine both forms of communication whenever you create an article for submission or write a speech for a presentation. People love to listen to an articulate speaker. Reading a written work that flows from one sentence or paragraph to another is a ride people love to take. Physically printed books may be going out of style for “green reasons”. Printed newspapers may be almost obsolete, as well. However, reading is not going away.  Its form is moving quickly to electronic applications. So, get out your tools, dust them off and utilize these tips to improve your writing and verbal expressions.

Here are some exercises to incorporate the use of speech into your pursuit of writing.

  1. Read printed works, aloud.
  2. Have a conversation with yourself.
  3. Proof your own work by reading aloud.
  4. Record these exercises to replay for analysis.

            Read aloud. Read a favorite book or perhaps the book you’ve wanted to read but haven’t had the time. Listen to yourself as you read. Test and try different techniques. Record your voice to hear it again when you’re finished reading. This will speak directly to you about your abilities. ? Listen to your favorite speaker and compare the sound and quality of your voice. Do you like what you hear? Listen to your articulation of words, diction and inflection or tone. Are you speaking too fast or slow? Do you enunciate clearly? Do you exaggerate inflections? Just as seeing written words helps with grammar and spelling, using your audio sense to listen closely to your speech gives you a clear reference of your verbal communication skills.       Use this tool to find out what you need to work on to improve and enhance your speech.

 Converse with yourself so that you can hear how you sound to others when you speak. Record this exercise for future listening, as well. Ask questions and then answer them so you have both sides of a conversation. Are you speaking too fast or too slow? Do you sound comfortable? Listen to find your weaknesses and work on them. If you can find another person to work with you, record an interview. Make sure you play both parts to find out where you are most comfortable-as interviewer or interviewee.

Edit your work by reading it aloud. Hearing yourself speak words you’ve written helps you remove clutter from your writing, to recognize spelling errors or fill in words to create fluidity establishing clear meaning of your written work. Hearing what you have written brings a second sense to your editing. Seeing is the first sense and when coupled with hearing these two powerful senses leave little or no room for error.

 Repetition of these processes promotes your mastery of speech and writing. You will gain confidence in both skills. Writing will flow more easily onto your paper with less edits. Speaking for groups will come easier with your knowledge of execution.

            Writing is truly an art. It’s a lifelong activity whether you write for money or a hobby. Why not be as knowledgeable as you can by using every tool out there to increase your abilities of writing and speaking. Good Luck!

 Cathie Andrew 

From      http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Cathie_Andrew

Mistakes are Good Things

            Anne read the blog and laughed at the author. She, herself, realized the same thoughts the author was conveying when she began writing regularly. The most important thing is that you write every day. Put thoughts on paper and don’t worry about editing until your thoughts are all on paper. Thoughts are the most important thing and you will make mistakes, many mistakes, as a beginner.

            “You will have to make mistakes in order to learn. It’s better to make them early,” the author of the blog said. And so Anne agreed. Chuckling she remembered an article she wrote telling newbies to write the way they choose. Reading it over will tell the author what is acceptable and what is tacky, good grammar and bad and so on. There’s nothing better than seeing on paper and reading aloud to know what to edit out of your writing.

            Anne agreed with the author of the blog as he went on to say, “It’s good to make mistakes. Keep making them! If you make every mistake there is to make early in your writing experience, you will be done making mistakes.”

            This made Anne laugh even more. She heard his message and knew how it removes so much stress for the beginner. Letting the newbie know errors are expected and perfectly fine, serves to relieve the constricting fear of making mistakes and feeling foolish. This promotes an unimpeded creative flow.

             This knowledge enables a writer to go forward with self-assurance.  Making mistakes and crossing roadblocks is all a part of the path of learning the craft of writing and becoming a terrific writer. Therefore, a writer can be proud of the journey from novice to full-scale writer.

Anne . . .

Writing is an Art – A Tapestry of Words

Think of a tapestry with waving vertical stripes from top to bottom. Red, blue and yellow stripes individually wave right or left blending with other colors creating new color patterns. Follow with your eyes down the length of the tapestry. See the twists and turns the colors make and what beautiful color the entwining produces. Think of this blending as trains of thought in a story. As a writer writes a story, characters intertwine through the pages with conversations, actions and emotions.

Imagine your writing is a tapestry-Each thread of thought flowing through pages of words. Words you chose to color your story with details and emotion of your choice. What story line is the color red? What does the color blue tell the reader? When yellow mixes with the blue story line, it becomes green changing the dynamics of that section. What does green tell the reader?

When writing a story or book, make sure your threads run through your tapestry unbroken, giving strong content to support characters and storyline from beginning to end. Form sentences with words to color your story with appropriate description as an artist mixes yellow and red to make shades of orange for a section of a picture.

Keep in mind, as your writing gets longer, that each sub-subject is as important as a longer ongoing- subject. Each line of thought has a beginning, middle and end. This is the simple outline for you to follow and check your work for credibility.

One way to ensure you have a beginning, middle and end is to make an outline for the book or story. Then, outline each character, scene and setting on a separate piece of paper to see if each component reflects everything you want to express.  For each thread, you will create a list of questions to guide you in writing the thread. Did you tell all about your character- description, demeanor, or past experiences? Did you complete details of an event? And on, and on . . . checking your work to tighten and clarify. Ask the questions through your editing process.   You won’t leave any loose ends.

Check each thread of your work:

  1. Beginning, Middle and End 
  2. Ask the usual questions –Who, what, where, when why, and how.
  3. Finish each thread with a knot-a conclusion

Complete the whole picture from beginning to end. Continue weaving threads through your writing tapestry until you have answered all the questions you chose to answer in that line of thought. Tie a knot in your thread by writing a conclusion.

Tying that knot proves fulfilling. Your completed work will reflect your intentions and provide great satisfaction of a job well done. Your readers will be impressed when your goal is complete.

It helps to think of writing as art each time a writer puts thought into words on paper. Approaching a blank page with that in mind brings out the artist from within the writer. Any writing will then, reflect the caring, skilled artist a writer aspires to be.       

Ezine Articles – Cathie Andrew  5-2010               http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Cathie_Andrew

Sidewalk Sale

            Anne wandered out to the parkway, today. She pulled her loaded car up to the curb and unloaded her table, chair and her wares. It was sidewalk sale day for her and others in St Claire Shores. When she pulled around the corner to pick her spot she found neighbors already set up and waiting for the next flow of shoppers.

            Anne had some jewelry she wanted to sell and miscellaneous items she doesn’t use anymore. As she sat there she thoroughly enjoyed the early fall weather. That is what prompted her to put her items together for sale in a day and a half. Hot weather would be rolling in next week so this week’s all clear dry weather dictated a pleasant weekend to have a sale. She couldn’t find a reason not to so Anne grouped her wares and sat on the sidewalk for a few hours. With Noah being away this week, Anne had extra time on her hands.

            Summer had flown by. Labor Day weekend was next week. Well, she had time to extend her sale if she wanted to. But, she would only do it again next Thursday or Friday morning, early. Noah would be back in town by Friday night and she looked forward to seeing him. They were a good pair and each supported the other’s independent lifestyles. The bond between them was a simpatico soul union. There wasn’t any doubt that he would be eager to see her.

Anne visited with the other couple and other friends through the day. It was nice to lounge around the sidewalk for a change. Sidewalks haven’t been her stomping ground for much too many years. She felt like a kid, again. Anne took a break from writing her new book. She let go for the day to enjoy good company.

Today, Anne had only a few sales but she will try again in the morning.

“Another day of hanging on the walk! Sounds like fun,” she whispered to herself

Anne . . .

Excerpt from Conversations with Anne ©2010 by Cathie Andrew