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What’s new this month?

July 9, 2018

Hi Conscious Writers!

It’s been many years since we enjoyed such a hot, dry summer here in the UK.

It’s a welcome respite after the cold, wet winter that seemed endless at the time yet now lingers as a distant memory.

I love seeing the vegetables and flowers grow so rapidly (yep, plenty of watering required!) and feel deep gratitude for the opportunity to eat dinner outside and watch the ever-changing sunset skies.

Yet of course every season has its challenges.

Rhythms and Retreats

For many Conscious Writers, as summer progresses and the children break up from school it becomes increasingly tough to maintain the regular practice they’ve worked so hard to develop.

I recently wrote a blog on how to manage this skillfully by creating two (or more) different writing rhythms for the different phases of life (read it here).

The other recommendation I always make when you’re inspired to write is to give yourself the gift of a writing retreat to immerse yourself in the process away from everyday commitments at least once during any writing project.

Conscious Writing USA

Naturally I’m inspired to recommend a Conscious Writing Retreat for this purpose as they are quite different from anything I’ve come across in the sense that they are truly holistic and transformative experiences.

The original blend of components work harmoniously together to open up in participants the deep space of authentic truth that Conscious Writing is all about; then the clarity, insights and writing flow freely from there.

The next one is in the US at the amazing Omega Institute, Rhinebeck NY from 9-14 September and you’re invited! Read more here.

Conscious Writing UK

After that, you’ll be eligible to participate in the first Conscious Writing Retreat Reunion which will be taking place in Oxfordshire from 28 – 30 November and open to everyone who’s been to a retreat before.

This came about because a delightfully committed group of women from the 2017 retreat specifically asked for another one.

Inspired by their enthusiasm, it occurred to me to invite everyone from previous retreats to a reunion to reconnect, meet other Conscious Writing Retreaters and co-create a schedule that would meet everyone’s current priorities. Read more about the retreat reunion here.

With that said, I hope you enjoy this month’s excellent IACCW FREE Member interview on writing a successful book proposal and the feature article on The Importance of Internal Validation for Conscious Writers.

Here’s to a wonderfully conscious and creative month!

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 9:00 am

The Importance of Internal Validation for Conscious Writers

July 7, 2018

A few days ago I met up with a friend and colleague who’s just finished the first draft of the book she’s been working on for more than a year.

She was delighted to have completed the manuscript on time, and even more importantly, feels elated by the way it has turned out.

Having not written anything longer than articles and blog posts before, initially she wasn’t sure if she had what it takes to write a full length book.

Now she’s done so in a way that feels to her like “mission accomplished”, and whatever happens from this point on, nothing can take away her strong sense of creative achievement.

Internal Validation

In a recent post on The Creative Power of Deadlines, I shared my own experience of feeling an immense degree of internal validation when I completed the manuscript for my book Conscious Writing.

There’s nothing quite like the inner sense that you’ve created something from nothing in a way that’s delivered the deepest and most authentic expression of your message in the best way you’re able to at the time.

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Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , — Julia @ 10:00 am

IACCW Member Event: How to Write a Highly Successful Book Proposal

June 28, 2018

Julia McCutchen interviews Lisa Tener

People often ask whether it’s still possible for a first time author to get a book deal with a major publisher. The answer is a resounding YES!

If you’ve read the books about book proposals but aren’t sure how to apply the specifics to your book, or if you wonder what’s going through an agent’s or publisher’s mind as they read each section of the proposal, look no further.

By the end of this interview you will understand:

  • 5 secrets for 6-figure book deals
  • What agents and publishers really want to know
  • Everything you need to write a highly successful book proposal
  • How to think like an agent or publisher
  • The 3 biggest mistakes to avoid
  • The easiest, most effective and quickest ways to build your author platform

Author Expert and Award Winning Book Proposal Coach Lisa Tener specializes in helping experts, enlightened entrepreneurs and others write and publish a compelling how-to book, self-help book or memoir—taking them step-by-step through her unique process. She teaches on the faculty of Harvard Medical School’s CME publishing course, at national writing conferences, and in her own private book writing courses.  She is a published author and creator of the Stevie Award winning Bring Your Book to Life Program. See www.lisatener.com

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Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 9:58 am

What’s new this month?

June 7, 2018

Hi Conscious Writers!

I hope your week is going well and that you’re enjoying the onset of summer or winter depending on which hemisphere you’re in!

I’m just surfacing from what has been an intense phase which included the complexity and confusion around the EU General Data Protection Ruling which came into effect on 25 May.

I had to take the tough decision to postpone the Conscious and Creative Living Discovery Experience I announced last month in order to focus on the GDPR preparation.

So I’ll let you know when the moment comes for taking the next steps with that project.

In the meantime, my focus is returning to gearing up for the Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice USA retreat plus a few other ideas that are currently percolating including a new series of short Conscious Moment videos.

Before all of that I’m heading off for a holiday to recharge and review my next priorities before diving in to the next phase of the unfolding dream.

While I’m away, if you’re thinking about writing a memoir or are already underway with yours, you’ll enjoy this month’s IACCW Member interview with Linda Joy Myers. Read more here.

And if you’re in London this weekend, my friend and colleague Mark Matousek is leading his annual summer event on The Healing Power of Telling Your Story. Read more here.

Here’s to a wonderfully conscious and creative month!

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

 

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 10:04 am

Finding Your Conscious Writing Rhythm – Part 1

June 6, 2018

One of the topics that always comes up in mentoring sessions with people who are making the transition from thinking about writing to taking action is how to find a good writing rhythm.

This is such an important subject that I’ve decided to do a couple of posts covering the key practical aspects to consider.

Let’s start by exploring the question…

WHEN?
As a general rule, putting your writing first works for most people most of the time.

This means that you ideally start the day with some kind of energy and/or meditation practice and then write before anything else.

Even if you only spend 15 or 20 minu tes writing, at least you’ve fulfilled your commitment to your creative impulse before you tackle other tasks.

The Writing Habit

Just 15 minutes a day quickly builds the writing habit you need to establish if you want to take your writing seriously.

However, this approach doesn’t work for everyone. Some writers love the early evening twilight zone or come alive creatively at the end of the day and well into the night.

As long as whatever you choose is sustainable and produces the results you’re aiming for, it’s serving its intended purpose.

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Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , — Julia @ 3:57 pm

IACCW Member Event: 6 Things Conscious Writers Need to Know About Memoir Writing

May 31, 2018

Julia McCutchen interviews Linda Joy Myers

Memoir writing draws on all aspects of who we are— body, mind and soul. We are challenged to dig deep, to remember, and once again inhabit the skin of who we were and what we have learned.

Writing a memoir is an act of testimony, witnessing, healing. When you write a memoir, you draw upon layers of your consciousness and discover your true nature, your essential self, and are transformed by the process.

In this interview you will learn:

  • How to find the turning points that illuminate the themes of your memoir.
  • How to create scenes that bring your story alive—and why you need scenes.
  • What the various narrators do in your story to manage time and guide the reader.
  • Find the themes that will hook your reader into turning the pages.
  • How writing your authentic truths will free you from the past.
  • That memoir is a path of transformation and healing—for you and your readers.

Linda Joy Myers is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and has been a therapist for 33 years in Berkeley, CA. She’s the author of Gold Medal prize winning books including her first book Becoming Whole—Writing Your Healing Story which was a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. See www.namw.org

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Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 9:51 am

Conscious Writing USA

May 30, 2018

Conscious Writing Retreat USA
Discover Your True Voice

SUNDAY 9 to FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

Omega Institute For Holistic Studies
Rhinebeck, NY

Immerse yourself in creative exploration and learn to write from your heart with the voice of your soul.

Conscious Writing is a holistic approach to creative awakening and vibrant writing. Its transformative power comes from learning to write from your true self, the eternal part of you that is naturally creative and free from resistance—the original source of your authentic voice. Author and intuitive mentor Julia McCutchen guides you to discover your voice and unlock your creativity through the Conscious Writing process, a proven method for transitioning into a deep creative flow aligned with your purpose. You:

  • Participate in opening and closing ceremonies
  • Explore a different theme each day
  • Experience guided energy, meditation, and visualization practices
  • Engage in a variety of creative exercises and plenty of writing

You work independently, in pairs, and in small groups within a safe, sacred space. You may choose to read your work aloud in an optional open mic session. Professional writers as well as enthusiasts are welcome.

To read more (including testimonials
from previous retreat participants)

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Julia McCutchen is an intuitive mentor, teacher, author, and founder of the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers. A former international publisher, she experienced a life-changing accident in 1999 which triggered a deep awakening that led her to leave the corporate world and forge her own path. McCutchen’s core teaching includes conscious writing and creative exploration to guide people to discover their authentic voices, unlock their creativity, and transform their lives to align with their souls. Her specialty is to bring intuitive insight to her work with individuals and groups to reveal their true purpose and provide the clarity they seek. McCutchen is the author of The Writer’s Journey: From Inspiration to Publication and Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice Through Mindfulness and More.

The Healing Power of Telling Your Story – One Day Workshop on 9 June

May 14, 2018

I’m delighted to share that my friend, colleague and bestselling author Mark Matousek is leading a one day workshop in central London called “The Healing Power of Telling Your Story” on Saturday 9 June.

Writing the truth has the power to transform us – if we let it.

Join bestselling author and teacher, Mark Matousek, for his annual summer event in London. In this powerful one-day intensive for writers of all levels, you will explore the stories that define you, as well as beliefs, expectations, and limitations that fixed narratives create in your life.

Using personal writing as a path of self-awareness, you’ll be guided through a series of essential questions designed to reveal the untold stories that trap you in limiting myths and beliefs. You discover that when writing is used as path of self-knowledge, it becomes a healing as well as a creative pursuit.

To read more
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Filed under: Live Events — Julia @ 9:02 am

What’s new this month?

May 5, 2018

Hi Conscious Writers!

What an eventful month it’s been since we were last in touch!

With an interesting mix of challenge and opportunity, life here in the wilds of Wiltshire is never boring and often includes the unexpected.

I’ve discovered over the years that the best way to approach whatever shows up out of the blue is to pause, take a deep breath and immerse myself in being fully present.

This enables me to wait and see how things unfold or make conscious choices about appropriate actions instead of allowing conditioned patterns to take over.

Conscious and Creative Living

This is just one aspect of what I call Conscious and Creative Living.

Making it a priority over the last 20 years to live from the inside out with the essence of who I truly am at the core has completely transformed my experience of life.

Now it’s time to share what I’ve discovered more widely and engage with a new level of the journey through leading an enquiry into how this can serve you in a community of others doing the same.

Discovery Experience

The Conscious and Creative Living Discovery Experience is the first step on this journey and it starts on WEDNESDAY 23 MAY, just 3 short weeks from now!

It includes a 3 Week Video Course, a 3 Month Summer Integration and an Exclusive Invitation to become a Founding Member of a new community dedicated to individual transformation and collective impact.

This brand new adventure involves a modest investment and a two pay option to ease your cash flow which is only available until TUESDAY 8 MAY. Read more here.

I very much hope that this sparks your interest and inspires you to join me on a voyage of discovery to find out how 3 simple questions can lead you to align yourself, your purpose and your life.

Have a wonderfully conscious and creative month!

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 9:19 am

Completion Not Perfection

May 4, 2018

As a successful coach with a thriving practice, Sarah loved her work and enjoyed supporting her clients to identify and pursue their true priorities in life.

However, she was constantly over-delivering, felt depleted as a result, and harboured a secret sense of shame.

She’d always wanted to write and share the lessons she’d learned from many years of spiritual, personal and professional growth.

Yet despite several attempts to apply her wide-ranging skills to the written word, she kept getting stuck and just couldn’t find her flow.

Despite her professional success, she felt like she was failing.

To continue reading, click here

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , — Julia @ 9:14 am
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