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As anyone who reads this blog knows, I have been asking Spirit the same question for some time.  I want to know if I am going to write another book.  I want to know how I'm going to write it.  I want to know when.

My life has changed a lot since I began chasing Spirit on an almost full-time basis. The fiction that I used to write so prolifically just doesn't flow the way it once did. I have been adrift in terms of my writing career. I have stumbled off the creative path and I am having trouble getting back to where I started.  

One thing is certain.  As much as I want to write on Spirit, I'm not comfortable with the kind of nonfiction that tells other people what to do or think.  This is because I don't know the answers, at least not definitively. Spirit is my teacher and I have learned some amazing lessons.  But I know my role.  I am still, and may always be, very much a student.

This has made writing a full length spiritual nonfiction manuscript agonizingly hard.   So hard that I've been thinking I should just give up on the idea altogether.  And then, a book came along and changed things - as books so often do.  That book is called "You Can't Make This Stuff Up " and it is written by Lee Gutkind.

Gutkind is an amazing teacher and a truly inspiring writer.  His book served as introduction to something which has, in a manner of speaking, been hiding in plain site.  Creative nonfiction.

Creative nonfiction is a genre.  It is lyrical and it is factual and it allows for the exploration of our own subjective truth.  It a new name for an old friend.  It is Hemmingway and it is The New Yorker.  Reintroduced, I feel I have come home.

Gutkind does much more than define creative nonfiction, however.  He teaches this new / old genre with incredible subtlety and insight.  While he is at it, he teaches writing, too.  And that is no small feat.

Thanks to Lee Gutkind, I am redefining the way I write.   Which is not to say that I have decided exactly what I want to say or just how I'm going to say it.   That book, as a whole, continues to elude me.  When I ask Spirit for specifics, I'm told that the worst is behind me and the prize is ahead.  In the interim, I write.

Colette Baron-Reid "The Enchanted Map Oracle Cards."  My beautiful new deck :)

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  1. hilary.bonura@dreamerrecords.comDecember 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Hello Barbara,
    My first inclination is to tell you I accidentally discovered your YouTube videos, but you know how Spirit it, there are no accidents.
    I would like you to know that you have given me inspiration on my path and I want to thank you.
    If I may, I would like to share with you how you have inspired me. Your spirit seems gentle, so I listen, your writing and research keeps me studying, and yes, Spirit talks to me through you.
    I will keep in touch, but I want to say thank you Barbara, your writing is just what this Soul needs.
    Much Love In Spirit,
    Hilary

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  2. Dear Hilary.

    Thank you so much for your kind words. This is what makes this blog worth writing. I too feel that everything that touches us is meant to be. I am happy that my writing speaks to you and I am happy that your words return the favor.

    The timing of this is perfect.

    I hope to hear from you again <3

    Many Blessings,
    Barbara

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