As a writing sherpa my mentoring is focused on getting you to your summit (and to all the base camps along the way). This relationship is just as much a psychological and spiritual relationship as it is an editorial or instructional one. I mentor you as a writer so you can write. So you will make that climb and finish that book or blog series, or collection of stories and poems.
Who and how we are as a writer comes to the page and translates into something meaningful for the reader.
There are many internal obstacles along the way. I have encountered many myself. So, instead of telling you what shoes you need to make your climb, or what to pack in your backpack, I help you find those questions and answers within yourself. I will of course give you my ideas and show you some of the best paths to take. But ultimately you will make your own. The paths too depend on if you want the athletic route or the scenic? And how in shape are you for this particular climb? (What might you need to do, to prepare for this climb?)
If you have not finished you manuscript or gotten your ideas down fully onto the page, that is where we start. Your first summit is finishing your novel; writing those blogs; finishing that collection of poems or stories. I sherpa-mentor you there --. A lot will be learned along the way. And as you write, your writing will improve.
It takes courage to finish. Where there is courage there is a vulnerability -- emotions of fear, doubt, incompetency and uncertainty. We will confront these together and let them enrich the writing experience and your written word. Everything you experience on your climb is great material for the writing -- . When we write we are visiting or revisiting places in our selves or in our past that may bring up stuff -- again, more material for the page. It takes a strength through vulnerability to be a writer.
Vulnerability is a necessity to every conversation on and off the page.
My hope for you, and myself, is that we have the courage to finish what we started on the page because these stories and poems need to feed the hunger in this world.
Once you have made it to the top of your particular summit, you may want me as your Writing Sherpa-Coach, where we go deeper into the meaning and message of your writing and how you want to deliver your stories.
All Write Wednesdays: World into Word
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The Zero Point blog shares my teachings about living your life from the inside out and becoming the cause rather than the effect of your life. Read all of the Zero Point posts.
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Julie lives in Mount Horeb WI where she walks her dogs through Stewart Park, gardens her corner lot, attends yoga at Perennial Yoga in Fitchburg and waits for spring 11 months of the year. She is author of The Zero Point Agreement & ten other books. She also writes for the local Mount Horeb paper and in her free time listens in on others' conversations at Sjolinds.