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A Writer’s Journey

 

Gina M Barlean  is a friend, a truly great spirit, a dream-seeker, and an indefatiguable dream-come-true maker.  She is also the author of four novels, her most current, “Thorns of Rosewood, just recently released. We welcome her to Writing in Community as our Guest Blogger today!  And now…words from Gina:

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Every writer’s journey is unique yet similar. In diversity, we usually find sameness. My journey, like Scarlett O’hara’s, has always relied on the kindness of others. This seems like a good segue to thank Becky Breed and Lucy Adkins for allowing me an article on their blog.

I am working on a book titled, Evolution of an Author. This will be a companion piece for speaking engagements. I am writing it for a class I will teach at the Business of Writing International Summit in Louisville Kentucky this coming August. The book will share information about writing, publishing, and marketing. There are so many facets to writing a book. All are important, but some are more so.

Here is a quick and dirty short list of what I consider the imperative facets of writing.

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Between Lifetimes

“Grace will do for you what you’re trying to do for yourself.” – Alan Cohen

Reaching into me, grace finds a smallness, grows with water and sun, kind attention. Sometimes found in the unlikeliest places, it nurtures the seed of possibility bestowing hope, rekindling energy. The world tilts a bit when grace is extended – it’s as if you’re between lifetimes.  Nothing of the old you is left, and you stop what you’re doing and smile. You breathe in, and the air around smells pure and fresh. Like at the grocery store and you’re face-to-face with a young woman–braided chestnut-colored hair and nose ring–dazzling radiance.  The corners of her mouth curve up and all the front teeth gleam, straight and true, and then spreading like liquid gold to her beautiful eyes – cobalt blue with pinpoints of starlight in them–they grin, too.It triggers immediate happiness, pulling me out of the doldrums of shopping for bread and milk, other errands. 

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