Archive for August 2010

Get into Your Heart

August 27, 2010

What does being in your heart space have to do with writing? Everything.

I had the pleasure of hearing Gregg Braden speak here in Sedona earlier this year. According to Braden, the brain and the heart both have electrical and magnetic fields and these fields are relatively weak in the brain. The heart is up to 100 times stronger electrically and up to 5000 times stronger magnetically. If you were going to plug into a source to write from, which would you choose?

The heart is the source of all our internal wisdom, knowledge and power. With it, we can easily tap into a story and get our head, ego and personality out of the way. The words come through you, not from you.  And the by-products are awesome.

I recently had a reading from Ray of Sedona, a leading psychic here. He told me, “You can’t experience joy when you’re in your head.” I never thought about it, but it’s really true.

I know when I write a good scene. I can feel it. Sometimes I’m so excited about something I’ve written, I actually jump up and down. This happened when I was writing a particular scene in Walk Like an Egyptian. I won’t tell you which one (blush)….

Anyway, being in our heart space really opens up the energy of Divine Truth and Wisdom and allows us access to it.

For a great meditation to get you into your heart space, check out Michael James’ Heart Breath Meditation. It’s how I learned to get into my heart space and it continues to be invaluable to me.

Can you be open to at least the possibility that the wisdom of the Universe is at your fingertips? Good. Now start writing!

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Bullet-Proof Research

August 26, 2010

Doing research is an integral part of writing. One writer I know has Google.com as her home page because she does so much research for her novels. Research serves to make your novel believable, giving it teeth. The same is true for non-fiction.

When I researched St. Gerard Maella while writing Divided We Fall, I found that this saint fit into my plot better than if I had made him up! Going online and viewing his sanctuary in Italy not only helped me write its description, it allowed me to visualize the scene I was writing. Talk about invaluable! I used the same technique while writing Walk Like an Egyptian to describe restaurants and hotels in Los Angeles that I hadn’t yet frequented.

Recently I interviewed American’s most beloved psychic, Sylvia Browne. She told me when she’s writing a book, her family room is filled with stacks and stacks of paper. She wrote The Mystical Life of Jesus long before The Davinci Code came out. Mystical Life states that Christ didn’t die on the cross, that he traveled to France after the crucifixion. Sylvia’s publisher warned her that she would get an onslaught of nasty letters.

No such thing happened. Why? Because as her publisher said, “You made it bulletproof, Sylvia!”
That’s the power of diligent research. It makes your work stand on its own and it helps you as a writer to describe and formulate scenes.

Corinne’s novel, Walk Like an Egyptian is available at Amazon.com or from Llumina Press.
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Sex Magic in “Walk Like an Egyptian”

August 25, 2010

The ancient Egyptians believed that sex was a Divine route to God/Goddess. In fact, they felt it was the fastest one. They believed whenever they were in the throes of human intimacy, they could use that creation energy to manifest anything they chose. Yup. They just had to hold it in mind. Visualize it. Or Scream about it!

I wrote about this ritual in my novel, “Walk Like an Egyptian.” It’s described in chapter 23 of the novel.

I am inviting you to use this ritual. Be creative. Ask for what you want. Write to me at ccaz67@yahoo.com and let me know what you manifest. At the very least it will be fun!

Corinne’s novel, Walk Like an Egyptian is available at Amazon.com or from Llumina Press.

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Character Profiles

August 24, 2010

Before beginning that novel, spend some time getting to know your characters. I recommend at least a 5-10 page bio on your main characters. Some people do as many as 25 pages.

You need to know about their childhood through the present the following information:

  • Who influenced them
  • What kind of relationship they had with their parents, siblings, relatives
  • Nicknames
  • What kind of friendships did they have? Have they lasted? Why?
  • What is in their psyche that will trip them up? i.e. what are their limiting beliefs?

This last one, the issue of their psyche is most important to the plot. What is going to trip them up? How will they misinterpret things? What are they afraid of? Have they been abandoned, rejected, or reviled?

 In terms of the book, what does your hero want more than anything and what is he/she willing to do to get it?

Happy Writing!

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