WRITE THE BOOK
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Nobody can write the book for you.
On the other hand, nobody can stop you from explaining how you became an edgeworker, how you serve as a Possibilitator, or how anyone can experience 5-Body Intimacy through escaping the capitalist patriarchal empire, and discovering archearchy while inventing it.
Have you ever received anything of value from another author?
Guess what... it's payback time!
You can't write? Duh! That's because you went to school!
Time to quit school and come play in the domains of alchemy.
Life is short. Do the things that matter most. Have as much Fun as you can.
Leave a few clues so others can find the path you are taking.
IT IS NOT YOUR BOOK
It really helps to get that the book you are writing is not your book. It is THE book... It is A book... It is the book of your Bright Principles, the book of your Pearl, the book of your Archetypal Lineage. It is the book that Genius writes. You are the mediator. You move the pen and punch the keys, but pen-pushing and key-pounding works best when you are not there. Learn cool ways to get out of the way so that Flow can write the book. (WARNING: See HINT #13)
LET YOUR BRIGHT PRINCIPLES DO THE WRITING
START WITH AND KEEP REVISING YOUR TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Table Of Contents is your adventure journey outline. It is the thoughtmap of the territory of the book.
Reading through the Table Of Contents gives you the sense if the journey is a complete journey, or if you are being timid or stingy with what the book gives the reader.
You will not know what is in each Chapter when you write the Table Of Contents because those details will emerge in the writing journey. But if the gaps are too big or too small, if there are things missing or things repeated, the Table Of Contents will tell you.
ALWAYS HAVE YOUR Beep! Book WITH YOU AND WRITE DOWN EVERY HINT THAT COMES NO MATTER HOW INCONVENIENT IT IS AT THE MOMENT
The pain and regret of losing download material for your book is devastatingly great. This is one pain you can avoid by consciously choosing another pain, namely, the pain of neurotically carrying around your Beep! Book and pen and interrupting whatever is happening in the current space to shift into the other space of you making whatever notes you need to in order to be assured that you can find your way back to the space where the extraordinary clarity is occurring to you now. With your Beep! Book you can capture jewels from rare, momentary, spaces, and alchemically transform them into words and graphics so others can benefit from your ability to make 5-Body Intimacy Journeys.
WRITE THE FIRST AND LAST CHAPTERS FIRST
Once you have the opening and the closing, the rest is a matter of filling in the blanks in between. Having the wrap-up 'in the can' (to use film-making terminology...) helps keep the middle on track because you know where you are going.
As the middle fills in you may need to add some more details to the beginning to introduce characters, set scenes, build the context for the rest of the book.
When is the book done?
Actually, if you have the beginning and the ending it is already done. Filling in the middle is simply about making the book better.
WRITE YOUR BEST SECRET STUFF IN THE FIRST 3 CHAPTERS - DO NOT BETRAY YOUR READERS BY CUTTING OFF THE FLOW OF JEWELS BECAUSE OF YOUR OWN FEAR OF ANNIHILATION
When you write your 'best secret stuff' in the first 3 chapters, then you make room for more 'best secret stuff' to emerge in later chapters!
Some book writers, far too many in my opinion, save their best secret stuff for the last chapter in the book, as if there were a limited amount of best secret stuff!!! How absurd!!!
If you save your best secret stuff for the last chapter then you do not have space in the book to learn more about what you love to learn about. You do not get to find out what you did not know that you did not know about while writing the further chapters.
The purpose of writing the book is not to write about what you already know about. It is to establish the real necessity - e.g. the blank pages in unwritten chapters - so that you get to go on the transformational exploratory journey of deepening the work while writing about the coolest stuff there is. You discover more of the coolest stuff there is through writing the book.
USE HALF YOUR TIME FOR GRAPHICS
WRITE FIRST THING IN THE MORNING - EAT LATER ONLY WHEN YOU ARE REALLY HUNGRY
DO NOT TURN ON YOUR EMAIL OR WHATSAPP AND DO NOT ANSWER THE PHONE UNTIL AFTER 3pm
Right now it is already 15:21 and I did not turn on my email or WhatsApp messages yet. I know I am remiss. Michael Poertner is waiting for my reply to his answer to my request to talk to him... and I did not give it to him yet... But if I did that I would not be writing these words in this particular hint about writing the book, and I really want you to write the book. Sorry Michael...
DO NOT SCHEDULE CALLS OR APPOINTMENTS UNTIL AFTER 3pm
This HINT should be unnecessary to write as one would assume it is included in the the previous HINT about not turning on your email or messaging until after 3pm... and... well... humans are complexly defended Box mechanisms... cleverly able to fool even ourselves (or perhaps, especially ourselves...) in order to keep us surviving, which means to keep us the same as we have always been, because whatever that way it, it has allowed us to survive.
I mean, what if... what if your book is wildly successful? What if your book goes viral? It has happened before. Most times it is unpredicted. Twelve publishers rejected J. K. Rowling's manuscript for the first Harry Potter story.
I am not saying your objective is to write a million copy bestseller... who would those readers be?
The dangerous question here is, how will you deal with your ego or tolerate people's projections if the book you write becomes famous?
Can you actually hold the new form your Being would have if you write a successful book?
You would become visible.
People might love you, or hate you.
People might make assumptions about you and call you ugly names like radical, or extremist. You might get put on the government's black list, those who should first be rounded up and imprisoned or executed. Maybe you don't want all that attention...
Maybe it is better to hide out and stay invisible... sabotage your own book writing sessions.... make appointments before 3pm.
DO THE JITTERBUG EXERCISES ONCE PER HOUR
DO NOT LET OTHERS READ OR COMMENT ON YOUR MANUSCRIPT
SKIP SMOKING, DRUGS, ALCOHOL, AND POT
What if you write really great stuff and then die of lung cancer or an automobile accident or choking to death on your own vomit? Aren't there artists and writers you have loved that have died too early, too young? Don't do that to your people. You owe it to them to live long enough to keep exploring and write the next book...
Oh... I didn't tell you about the next book? Forget I said this.
Just skip smoking, drugs, alcohol, and pot. Figure out other ways to get out of your mind and into being the space through which the Bright Principles and Shadow Principles and your Pearl and your Archetypal Lineage can write the book.
IT IS PAINFUL TO WRITE A BOOK
Besides the pain in your ass from sitting so long in one position, besides the tired eyes and cramped fingers, besides the headaches, nausea, fevers, or inspired sleeplessness you might get from going through the Phoenix Process and Liquid States to write what you need to write that has never been said before, there are additional book writer pains. For example:
DO NOT WRITE A DEAD BOOK
If you are not transformed by writing the book you are writing then the book will be dead. Do not write a dead book. Instead, plan to die again each day that you write the book, each time in an unpredictably excruciating way.
LET PEOPLE LOVE YOU
YOU WILL BE IN THE BIGGEST LIQUID STATES OF YOUR LIFE WHILE WRITING - YOU CANNOT HANDLE THESE LIQUID STATES ALONE.
Get your butt into a weekly Possibility Team for psycho-emotional writer support. While you are there, try out your experiments with the others, and ask them to try them out on you to help you go through your growing up and healing processes.
WRITING IS AN ALCHEMICAL PROCESS
As the book writer you may be the alchemist, but the alchemist is always in the alchemical process or it is not alchemy. This is how alchemy works.
Being personally included in the alchemical process is a sacrifice you make in order to produce results in the book-writing profession. If you are not willing to make this sacrifice, alchemy won't work for you.
The alchemical process of writing transforms something nonmaterial into something material. You are calling down living vibrant Possibility, distinctions, memes, and storyworlds out of nowhere-specific and trapping them into somewhere-specific.
This kind of alchemy is focused hard work demanding your complete attention. Therefore, successful book writing depends on you being fit in numerous ways, for example:
You are capturing etheric ideas, constructs, conversations and so on, out of the fluidic planes and bringing them into the rigid material solid world as 'ink on paper'.
Yes... it is true... this these words here are not ink on paper. They are shadows on a screen. Yet there are photons of different colors physically impacting the rods and cones of your retinas triggering them enought to send electrical impulses along your nerves into your brain, changing the chemical patterns in your neurons enough for you to think and understand new possibilities to empower your writing.
I repeat, book writing is alchemy. Make yourself fit as an alchemist.
WRITER-FITNESS INCLUDES YOU FULLY PARTICIPATING IN A TRANSFORMATIONAL PATH. YOUR PERSONAL EVOLUTIONARY PROCESSES FERTILIZE YOUR WRITING.
WRITING IS MEMETIC ENGINEERING - IT IS BRAIN SURGERY - DO IT CAREFULLY AND PRECISELY
(See the WRITE FIERCELY notes below.)
FIND YOUR MUSE AND HONOR HER WITH YOUR ATTENTIONS
e.g. Create a small sacred altar to the Muse of nonlinear creation, with a candle and sweets, and feed Her with your loving attentions.
LEAN ON THE DOORWAY
This is a magical hint. Don't worry if it does not make sense to you at first. It has to do with Doorways. I suggest that it will help build the relevant matrix in your Being if you diligently study and dive deeper-and-deeper into the Context, Thoughtware, Distinctions, Your Attention, Hold Space, Navigate Space, and Doorways websites, doing the EXPERIMENTS (and recording your Matrix Points at StartOver.xyz). The space determines what is Possible. A Doorway is an entrance to a different Space. Each Space offers a unique combination of context, thoughtware, distinctions, and Possibilities. 'Leaning on a Doorway' starts by finding a useful Doorway, getting up close to the Doorway, then splitting Your Attention in order to keep a part of your Being's attention pressing on a Doorway like a hungry dog puts his attention on the steak on a diner's plate. You lean on the Doorway day or night, 24/7/365, waiting attentively. You have no guarantee about what is going to happen. The only guarantees you have are that if you leave the Doorway you might never find that exact Doorway again, and if you are not there with part of your Being leaning on the Doorway then if the Doorway does open you won't be there to fall through into the new space, and that Doorway might never open again. The cool thing is that if you are leaning on the Doorway, then even if you are sleeping when the Doorway opens, you fall through into the new space.
DO NOT EDIT AND WRITE AT THE SAME TIME. THEY ARE TWO TOTALLY DIFFERENT FUNCTIONS. EITHER EDIT OR WRITE.
WHEN YOU WRITE, FORGET ABOUT EDITING. DUMP OUT EVERYTHING ONTO THE PAGE.
YOU CAN CUT OUT THE CRAP LATER.
ASK A GOOD EDITOR TO WORK OVER YOUR WRITING
If you don't write it, we can't go there.
Personal Strategies For Writing from Clinton Callahan
Writing... is a very personal thing. There are so many possible distinctions.
For example, I re-edit each new S.P.A.R.K. something like fifty times while I write it before it is finished. The result is memetic engineering.
Your writing should cause profound healing and transformational brain surgery on people's memes.
Here are some strategies:
There are more things. When you find them, please share them with other writers.
I hope you keep writing. If you have read this far, there is power and necessity in your writing voice. Please let your Dragon Writing roar forth.
Sensible advice from Hemingway about Write The Book
Books That Empower You To Write
Walking On Water - reading, writing, and revolution by Derrick Jensen
Do the exercises that Derrick Jensen gave to his writing class. Then don't stop feeling, sensing, thinking, and expressing yourself in words. The world is waiting for you to share your journey!
"Ultimately this book is a graceful yet urgent call for us all to wake up, think for ourselves, and passionately dedicate our lives to what is meaningful."
"The best writing book ever written."
Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
FIRST: FINISH WRITING THE BOOK
Until you have your finished book in hand you have NOTHING. Publishers are not naive enough (unless you are already rich and famous as a writer) to believe you when you say you will finish the book for them.
NEUROSIS YES, PERFECTIONISM NO
We want your neurosis, your character style and slant, your quirks. Celebrating and exploring your neurosis is the joy of life coming through your writing. However, your manuscript will never be perfect. If you try to make it perfect we have to publish it after you are dead. Each person perceives with their unique perspective. Your editor will have their own opinions based on their own reasons (they will say it is experience but it always comes down to reasons - so keep explaining your reasons why you wrote the book the way you wrote it). You will need to hold it in your heart that although you have written the book in a style that pleases your own neurosis, it may not please enough other neurosis to make it read-worthy - a decision that others must make. So you may need to let your editor win sometimes.
IT IS STILL NOT YOUR BOOK
LET YOUR BRIGHT PRINCIPLES SOURCE YOUR PUBLISHING STRATEGY
TRUST IN E.C.C.O. (Earth Coincidence Control Office)
Inspiring Books To Read While Writing
...remember, these are my favorites. You probably have different tastes in inspiration.
...then read part 2 of Daemon titled Freedom:
Inspiring Films to Watch While Writing
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