Become aware of what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it, and give birth to it.
- Meister Eckhart
We believe in the power of the creative soul to change the world. We believe we're all here for a purpose, and for some of us, our contribution to the world is to tell our stories as authentically as we can.
Who are you? What do you want to say? Why do you want to say it? How do you want to say it?
We help you discover what story you want to tell, then we give you the tools to tell it. We help you grow into the great writer you know you are.
It’s that simple. That complicated.
And that fulfilling.
Every story you tell is your own story. - Joseph Campbell
In the 1990s, I worked as an international journalist in Tokyo and London. I was reporter, sub-editor and editor for newsroom dailies, like London’s Independent newspaper. I’d grown up in rural Missouri, then graduated from the best journalism school in the country. I’d gone from planting corn and butchering wild animals to covering the death of Emperor Hirohito in Tokyo, then in London reporting on the death of Diana. It was an epic life, and one I didn’t want to give up.
But something happened. I was working at the Financial Times when something broke down, split open, shifted. I no longer wanted to be around so many stories of trauma or reports about money. I just couldn’t take it anymore. Surely life was meant to be lived with much more soul, much more love and passion.
What followed were years of searching. I moved from London to Seattle. I gave up journalism. I went from being an important person to a “nobody”. It was a necessary fall from grace. I needed to find out who I truly was. I needed to heal childhood wounds.
And I needed to discover (or re-discover) my passion. But the problem is, sometimes our passions are so buried, it can take years to hear that still small voice again.
I did odd jobs, and I mean “odd”. I wandered the forests of the Pacific Northwest. I was in agony most of the time. Who was I if I wasn’t a journalist? What did I want to do? Who was I?
Boy did I learn the hard way. Every step forward was like stepping into an abyss. I used to dream that there was no ground beneath my feet, but if I took a step, the ground would appear. What courage that took. I was scared most of the time. Here I was at 30 floundering. I’d spent my life being the achiever, the smart one, the award winner, the success. Who was I now? I sought therapy, spiritual teachers. I meditated. Daily, I sat down and wrote my stories. It took longer to do visual art.
Today, I am an award-winning novelist, on the third of five novels, Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Ether, and a visual artist who has had shows in different cities. And I'm a visual artist with a yurt art studio in the woods in Oregon. But the journey was long and arduous, and I came out of it knowing that I had to help other people on this path. I want to hold the light up and direct the way. “This way. Yes, this way. It’s the simplest, most rewarding way to what you seek.”
I discovered deep down I was already whole; it was just a process of removing the resistances that obscured this truth. I learned I had to let go of the ego, work through the blocks, and get to the essence of who I truly was. What did I want to say and how, as artist, as writer, as a human being? How could I authentically express my voice?
All of the experiences, labors and lessons learned on this path have been brought into Art of Storytelling. An evolution of voice is happening globally. Many of us are feeling the call to live more authentically. We all know we can’t continue with ego in the driver’s seat and not destroy the planet. Finding and following our bliss is to me the most profound way to shift the tide of destruction. Follow your passion to be a writer and artist, and you will help evolve the entire planet.
The role of the storyteller is to awaken the storyteller in others.
- Jack Zipes
Creativity Coaching, Book Coaching, Ghost Writing, Editing
I'm starting a subscription/membership service that boils down the path to opening to your artistic/soulful/literary self. Watch this space for more information.
In one-on-one, ongoing sessions, we work with writers on memoir, novels and all types of nonfiction books. Here’s how the process works. We begin with a free initial consultation, where we discuss your book and your goals. We use Skype, and can work with writers in any part of the world, as long as you have a good internet connection.
When you choose to work with us, we begin by reviewing what you’ve already written. People have come to us with nothing written down, just an idea for a character. Some have come to us with a rough draft. Wherever you are at in the process is fine. We either begin by reviewing what you’ve already written, or we start by pondering your “idea”. We set up a first Skype chat to become clear on next steps. The coach gives you “homework” after this first chat, specific steps to take to evolve Chapter 1, or to evolve other parts of a finished manuscript. You spend 10 days doing the writing, and email your work back to us at a predetermined deadline. We review your work, providing extensive comments and feedback, and email that back to you. We meet again on Skype to discuss this review, and ascertain next steps. You then spend the next 10 days working on these next steps. We keep this process going for as long as it takes to finish your book. We offer a free initial consultation. Contact us to set yours up today.
You’re a busy professional and you don’t have time to write the book yourself. We can write it for you. We’ll conduct interviews to understand you and your message. We’ll provide an outline of the Table of Contents of the book for your approval first, then ghost write it for you, chapter by chapter.
With our extensive experience in the fields of journalism, PR and communication, we will write a regular blog for you and your business. We begin with an interview/consultation with you to become clear on your needs and intent. We then conduct interviews, do research, brainstorm blog ideas, and write the blogs for you.
We edit manuscripts, film scripts, newsletters, blogs and much more. We provide content editing, developmental editing, copy edits, and proofreading. Contact us for a free initial consultation.