10 Ways to Stay Sane While Writing Your First Book: What Worked for Me by Radio Host, Author, and South Africa’s Top Psychic Shannon Walbran
When you’re in the zone, write for as long as you can, and when it fizzles, make a clean break and get out. Go to the movies and choose a genre/environment totally different from your book’s.
You don’t write a whole book at one go. Break it into manageable bits. Write it chapter by chapter. Later, you can merge chapters, re-arrange them, or delete them if needed.
Be careful about choosing friends who will read drafts, and give them specific criteria: “At this point I’m looking for story flow. I don’t need grammar or spelling help right now.” IF someone gives you an unkind critique in an early draft, don’t ask that person for “help” again.
Imagine a wildly enthusiastic audience. Create the most loving reader who will eat up your every word. Name her (“my beloved, favourite, biggest fan Aunt Eleanor”). There will be enough “no’s” in this journey. Find some yeses early on.
Imperfection is Perfection. Every writing teacher says this, from Anne Lamotte (who calls them “sh*tty first drafts”) to Julia Cameron to Writing down the bones. It’s true. Get the words onto the screen. Now. Repeat yourself, blather on, spell things wrong, use the wrong vocabulary (“really big” when you’re hoping for “immense”). Don’t try to sound smart, download as if you’ve got a bandwidth pipe as big as Tokyo’s. #Nofilter
Stop checking your email. Or your Facebook, your Twitter, or your phone. Turn it all off. When you set a writing date with yourself, stick to it as if you’re having your last lunch with your lover who’s moving overseas. Stay dedicated.
Back it up. In the cloud, or whatever the future equivalent is. Email it to yourself. When the manuscript is close to finished, print out a hard copy and bind it so that you’ll always have a version in case the rapture comes.
Don’t edit on the same day that you wrote. Let it sit. A cake only bakes when the oven door is closed.
To edit, print it out on paper. Read it in a totally different place from where you wrote it - walk to a park with a sheaf of papers and a pen. Don’t edit on-screen or you could delete a lovely passage out of irritation and impatience (not that this ever happened to me…)
In GUIDED! Shannon combines practical how-to’s and case studies with magical worldwide adventures, reminiscent of Elizabeth Gifford’s Eat, Pray, Love and Sonia Choquette’s Trust Your Vibes.
Shannon’s voice in GUIDED! How to Communicate with Your Spirit Guides is as strong and bright as her personality. Her concise and ‘to the point’ method of writing is refreshing.
In the biography section of the book, Shannon is candid about her tumultuous journey, which includes much sadness and hardship. She writes with empathy.
There are two main sections to the book:
Part I – Ways to Hear from your Guides – is practical and describes in detail how to make a connection with your angelic helpers.
Part II is an inspiring biography of Shannon’s life and is as entertaining as it is informative.
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“Guided: How to communicate with your spirit guides” by Shannon Walbran
Review date : 2009-03-06
Book review by Rev. Dr. Ralph Thomas Shepherd for Body and Mind by Antonet–Nirvana Lange.
This book by Shannon Walbran, seeks to assist readers to discovers their own soul’s purposes’ and learn techniques to improve your health, happiness and enlightenment. Shannon does this by describing her own life plan and how she was led through very exciting and thrilling life experiences.
Shannon was led from the US where she was born in 1969, the same year as Anastasia, the Russian leader for social and cultural change currently becoming an international phenomenon. Shannon describes in detail her childhood and the accompanying struggles that contribute to her future. She had a childhood embedded in spirituality and describes her consciousness of fairies and other supernatural experiences. Later she also describes her struggles with her high school activities like ADD and food allergies. One can see them as instrumental in forming her spiritual stature in the years to come.
As Shannon moves into adulthood, we will see her undergoing multi-cultural experiences thereby continuing her ‘spiritual schooling’ which is now opening up for her in a most remarkable way. Shannon is now living in South Africa and is proving a successful guide for those wanting an in depth understanding of their own lives.
Most people only experience spiritual events as separate from normal phenomenon. It seems that with what we are currently experiencing globally. Humanity is standing on the brink of a global crisis of immense proportions. Within the next few years, a whole new paradigm of human development will reveal the work of Shannon Walbran as crucial for human beings as she will be able to help many people to see a meaning future for themselves and their families.
Shannon’s background in radio and not-for-profit work has prepared her for the kind of life that bridges both the spiritual and physical world. Her book, “Guided” will help many souls find solace in the years to come.
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Genre - Spiritual, Memoir, Non-fiction, Self-Help
Rating – G
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