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First, I want to thank you for the chance to have a conversation with the readers of WWBB. This month’s topic, “from tiny idea to the book shops. What is your writing process?”, is a fascinating theme. I looked at the theme in two ways. The first way was as one who wanted to create a work, and then as one who wanted to find an audience for the work.
For Untangled, I started with the classical premise that the unexamined life is not worth living. However, given the constant flow of the entanglements of modern life, is it even possible for us to examine life? Stimuli bombard each of our senses every second. The enablement and empowerment that comes with technology has the potential to make the world fundamentally better. We can’t cast aside the connectivity and the technology. However, social media and the like also have given us dozens of new ways to grab our attention. We can barely go a minute without our phone buzzing at least once. We constantly check our Twitter feed. Active contemplation, the type of contemplation I focus on in Untangled, lets you find the distance to focus on the things that ultimately matter.
I still struggle to think of myself as a writer. I’m very much an observational, heterogeneous integrator. As an observer, I like to be highly aware of what is going on around me. As a heterogeneous writer, I pull inspiration from diverse sources. But, at the end, I try to integrate all of this into a comprehensive, and hopefully approachable, work.
Three years ago, when I began the process of writing Untangled, I wrote a lot of notes. I mulled through a bunch of ideas. I jotted things down. I eventually transcribed them onto one massive document, although I kept one idea per page. After a few months of writing and transcribing, I spread the individual ideas out on a large table and sorted them.
I searched hard to find the narrative arc, a backdrop, within the ideas. I searched even harder to make the arc approachable. I know that I’m following in the steps of some the most profound thinkers in human history. I realized that it was critical for both myself and my readers to have a narrative arc by which to follow the ideas.
I also made a conscious decision to let the ideas rest on their own. I didn’t want to put forward specific concrete steps. I didn’t want to mentally lock the reader into thinking that there was one path to take. Many writers offer definitive, universal steps that lead their readers to a pre-set destination. I wanted to avoid that fallacy.
As I start the actual writing and then subsequent editing process, I remember that one of my college instructors gave me some great advice. He told me that I needed to write it down, and put it down. He specifically told me to edit, and re-edit, and then re-edit again. He was right. Writing can be painful for me. It takes me time to find the narrative and construct the words to go with the ideas.
For an overall approach to finding an audience, I marvel at the changes within the book publishing industry over the last decade. My first book, Centerlined, was published in 2006. My approach to finding readers was significantly different than it is today. The disintermediation of the traditional publishing houses and the ability of an author to directly connect with the readers is ground-breaking, or maybe better said, wall-breaking. Venues like WWBB, on-line communities such as Goodreads, the acceptance of ebooks, all of this allow writers to join with readers in way that was not imaginable in 2006. Print on demand solutions, from independent presses to providers like Espresso, offer outlets that allow ideas to be widely sown. My YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A3Trh5BlEw) has generated enormous interest. All of these channels allow writers the privilege of engaging with their readers.
I would like to thank WWBB again, for the privilege of connecting with readers here. If they readers wish to order the book directly from the website (www.untangledthebook.com) they can use the 20% off discount code.
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|Author Henry J. Sienkiewicz|
Henry holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Notre Dame and a master of science from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
In 2006, he completed and published his first book, Centerlined, which dealt with interpersonal and organizational dynamics.
Henry resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Ball of Twine
the first stopping point, we opened our packs and found chaos. The ropes that
we had neatly packed were completely jumbled. The gear we had carefully stowed
had been shifted around; it was an unrecognizable mess.
and shifting from the simple movement of the journey caused our coils of rope
to transform from a neat roll to an entangled mess. We thought that we had
taken care to pack them; the journey ensured that we had a mess to deal with.
backpacks are similar. Sometimes, regardless of the care we have taken, our
world becomes a completely entangled mess in ways that we had not expected. Our
journey ensures that we have a mess to deal with.
lonely, stressed, anxious, unfulfilled and
free from all that holds you back from your happiness. You can thrive. You just have to want to.
|UK Author, Marie Alesbury is delighted to announce the release of her new book – “A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO YOU ~ 7 steps to awaken to your heart, become a Heart Conscious Woman and love your life!”
step process that gently guides and supports women in freeing
themselves from feeling depressed, stuck, unfulfilled, disillusioned
and unworthy of love so that they may finally realize their true essence and
the shining and sparkly potential of their future.
are treated for a mental health problem (Better or Worse: A longitudinal
study of the mental health of adults in Great Britain, National Statistics,
2003). Depression is much more common in women than in men with 1
in 4 women requiring treatment for depression and anxiety compared
to 1 in 10 men. Sadly, the statistics speak for themselves.
exercises detailed in the book are a result of more than 10 years of
research, expertise and personal experience. Marie explains that her inspiring
book “shares all the knowledge and skills that are just too
valuable to keep to myself. Women will gain a true and fresh perspective
on who they truly are and who they really are not! This book offers them their
stepping stone back to their heart and guides them along a path of
well-deserved self-nurturing to restore peace in their heart and
love in their life”.
|The Chakra Diaries
by Becca Chopra
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=wiswor0a-21&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002HOQM22&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe author of this book, Terry Dorn, left home at the age of ten due to torture and abuse. Many teachers told Terry he could not be a writer because of his education. He has published a book for Washington State Mental Health system and has been the editor of a newspaper: -“You must learn to turn your problems into lessons”.
Why did you decide to write it?
To help other individuals who are experiencing what I did.
What types of readers will be interested in your book?
Anybody dealing with mental or emotional illness issues, or friends and family members of these individuals.
What is special about your book?
What differentiates it from other books in the same category? It reads like a personal story of discovering hope. It is not a medical journal or a workbook made up of hundreds of pages.
How did the idea for The Cross and the Psychiatrist come to you?
Personal experience and a desire to help others.
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=wiswor0a-21&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0971412502&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrHave you published any other books?
I published a book for the State of Washington Mental Health Division, “Our Memories,” the writings of mental health consumers across the state. I am working on other books at the moment and also a newspaper to reach out to struggling humanity.
What is the hardest and easiest part of writing?
Accepting the idea that I can express myself in the written word. Visualizing the outcome of what the written word could produce.
What’s next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future
I am working on a few book ideas. Mostly though right now I am producing a newspaper to help create a movement for mental health consumer recovery.
Why did you choose to write for specific genre?
I enjoy writing nonfiction/facts. Facts are stepping stones for a wanderers life!
What is one question that you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
What makes you, or drives you to write your books? Whenever I become discouraged and close my eyes, I see a face of a person that I have helped along lives journey.