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Janet L. Whitehead

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May 24

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As a child, Janet Whitehead knew that she would be a writer. Following that path, she has written and illustrated children’s books and short stories, published playful and empowering self- discovery workbooks, been a regular contributor to a parenting magazine, and specializes in the power of creativity and the written word in her coaching practise. But the idea for a novel didn’t happen until she realized the most bizarre story she could share was her own. A life full of tragedy, and even more full of magic, led her to finally write her first novel, 'Beyond All Imaginings.'
Janet is currently working on her next creative memoir, 'Clewless with a Touch of Salty'; the recent story of how Tall Ships – both real and imagined - saved her butt du
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Janet L. Whitehead 1. Actually, the term 'writer's block' comes with so many limiting beliefs that I prefer not to believe in such a thing.
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1. Actually, the term 'writer's block' comes with so many limiting beliefs that I prefer not to believe in such a thing.
2. If I am not getting to writing as much as I think I ought to...
a. I remind myself that creative people need time to percolate. We are not meant to always be actively producing: I know that if I decide to go camping, or paddling, or playing with grandchildren, my mind will quietly be making connections that will enhance my writing when I do get back to it.
b. I will create a large block of time dedicated entirely to writing; a week or more, with permission to write pure garbage, but an agreement to self that I will write. This works for me. Nanowrimo has helped often: I sign up as a rebel: writing non-fiction and sometimes writing and editing a book already started. (Gasp!) As a creativity coach, I do want to mention that my ways of getting to writing may not work for you - we each have our own best practises to get to writing. The trick is to be open to trying all sorts of methods, and even when you find one that works, stay open to other possibilities. Meaning: If a famous writer says you must write every morning at 6 a.m, or you will never become a true writer - take that with a grain of salt. Try it, but if it doesn't work for you, it does not mean you've failed.(less)
Janet L. Whitehead Best things about being a writer...
1. Simply being in the creative process; knowing it is time well spent. Even if the written works never went…more
Best things about being a writer...
1. Simply being in the creative process; knowing it is time well spent. Even if the written works never went further than the page the words show up on, the process is accessing a creative part of ourselves opens doors for us to be more of who we are than, say, if we always hung out in the world of logic, reason, and trying to fit in.
2. The surprise when you learn your written works are making a difference in someone else's life. That is truly truly amazing.(less)
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Beyond All Imaginings

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This a great novel, and a first fiction novel for this author. I was caught up in the storyline, but also in the extent of scientific research Lawson must have undertaken to imagine a community on Mars that we earthling readers could buy into. It wor ...more
On Imagination by Mary Ruefle
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Gifted to my granddaughters, ages 5 and 8, by a friend; I was the first one to read it them. The illustrations are extraordinary, and that alone set up an expectation of a beautiful story. While reading aloud, though, I had to start making a bit of f ...more
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L.A. Meyer
“We clear the harbor and the wind catches her sails and my beautiful ship leans over ever so gracefully, and her elegant bow cuts cleanly into the increasing chop of the waves. I take a deep breath and my chest expands and my heart starts thumping so strongly I fear the others might see it beat through the cloth of my jacket. I face the wind and my lips peel back from my teeth in a grin of pure joy.”
L.A. Meyer, Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber

W.B. Yeats
“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
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