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What’s new this month?

August 14, 2018

Hi Conscious Writers!

I hope your week is going well. Astonishingly, here we are in August already!

As the months pass with seemingly increasing speed, the unfolding dream of life gathers pace along with the development of our chosen creative projects – or not as the case may be?

In my case, over the last few weeks I’ve crossed another big threshold.

New Videos

I’ve followed through on my commitment to make some videos to share some of the content and my journey as I prepare for the Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice USA retreat.

I hope that you’ll check them out and enjoy watching them – see here.

Do please take a moment to make a comment as I’d truly love to know your reaction as I explore this new medium of video. Thanks in advance for doing so.

Time to Dive In

With regard to the retreat itself, it’s just a few short weeks away so if you’re still reflecting on whether to join us, now really is the time to dive in and book your place if this resonates with you at this time.

I know it’s a big commitment at every level.

However, the videos will give you a sense of what the retreat experience offers, this month’s Feature Article explains why Presence is one of our themes, and you can also read more about it generally by clicking here.

Writing and Publication

If you’re looking for inspiration to raise the bar on your commitment to writing regularly, this month’s IACCW Member interview with Judy Reeves on How to Make Every Day a Writing Day is definitely worth listening to. Click here to read more.

Finally, I’m delighted to share that IACCW Member Michelle Diener has recently published her first book called Lone Twin: A celebration of silver linings, sisterhood, and the cycles of life.

I’ll never forget the moment Michelle read a section of the manuscript out in the Open Mic session of the first ever Conscious Writing Retreat. It was such an indescribably powerful and moving experience for us all. Click here to read more.

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 @ 1:27 pm

The Creative Power of Presence

August 13, 2018

“When you take your attention into the present moment, a certain alertness arises. You become more conscious of what’s around you, but also, strangely, a sense of presence that is both within and without.” Eckhart Tolle

Reading these words draws me ever more deeply into the Now.

It’s a subtle yet immensely significant shift to gather my focus whenever thoughts about projects and priorities gain momentum and lure me into infinite future possibilities.

Returning to the present moment feels blissfully like coming home to my Self, and when the alertness naturally re-surfaces, I’m able to re-establish presence as the sea in which I anchor my actions once more.

A State of Being

What feels so significant to me about this particular quote is the fact that Tolle directs your awareness to the sense of presence that is simultaneously within you and seemingly outside you too.

Ultimately there’s no difference between the two.

His words act as pointers to the realization that the state of presence is not just an intellectual concept; you can’t just think about being present and expect to experience the transformation in perspective it provides.

Presence is a state of being that you experience and feel (and increasingly Know at every level) through which the true nature of reality is revealed as the Source of all things – including you!

The Paradox of Presence

The paradox of presence is the inherent stillness that blends seamlessly with the spontaneous and eternal arising of the creative impulse of life itself.
That blend of tranquillity and “aliveness” is where you discover the true creative power of presence.

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Filed under: Articles — Julia @ 2:41 pm

IACCW Member: First Book Celebration

Lone Twin: A celebration of silver linings, sisterhood, and the cycles of life

Michelle Diener

I’m delighted to share that IACCW Member Michelle Diener has recently published her first book called Lone Twin: A celebration of silver linings, sisterhood, and the cycles of life.

I’ll never forget the moment Michelle read a section of the manuscript out in the Open Mic session of the first ever Conscious Writing Retreat. It was such an indescribably powerful and moving experience for us all.

Huge congratulations to you Michelle for seeing it through to completion and I wish you every joy and success with your book and the next phase of your life as a published Conscious Writer!

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‘It’s hard to cry with sadness while you’re laughing with love’

This is the story of a much-loved young woman, who died much too early, and the way that she lived her life in the fullest way she knew, right until the very end…

It’s the story of a woman who looked for the lesson and the gift in every moment, and not only treasured it, but used it to create more.

It’s the story of what it’s like to be the sister of a woman who carried this off. It’s the story of how you get through it as an outsider, how you help, how you hinder, and how you come out the other side.

Living life with a sister with cancer was a challenging but enriching experience – it changed the way I live my life. I hope reading our story gives you something too.

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Filed under: Member News — Julia @ 2:38 pm

IACCW Member Event: How To Make Every Day a Writing Day

August 2, 2018

Julia McCutchen interviews Judy Reeves

Every writer dreams of “getting away”, of finding a time and place where she can really focus on her writing. But what if “away” is a state of mind and that secret, hidden retreat is as near as your sofa or kitchen table or the café around the corner?

It’s called writing practice and it’s in creating such a practice that the novel or memoir or story will actually get written. Through writing practice, every day becomes a writing day.  When you write on a daily basis your self-confidence increases. You explore what interests you; you’re free to make mistakes, to roam the far edges of your imagination, and in the practice, you become a better writer. You become a writer who writes.

In this interview, you’ll learn:

  • How to create a daily writing practice
  • Tips and techniques for finding time and creating space
  • How to get started (and how to keep going)
  • Why and how to use writing prompts
  • What stuck looks like and how to get unstuck
  • How to avoid the critic, the editor and the censor
  • What the 12 essential guidelines for writers are

Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher, and writing practice provocateur who has written four books on writing including A Writer’s Book of Days and Writing Alone, Writing Together. In addition to leading writing practice groups, Judy holds private workshops, teaches at University of California San Diego Extension; San Diego Writers, Ink; and writing conferences internationally. Visit her online at www.judyreeveswriter.com.

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Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 9:13 am

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.

To continue reading
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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.

To continue reading
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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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