After The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master came out, I started receiving heart-felt thanks from writers. By applying the Universal Story to their own lives, writers finally understood why they meet with resistance. As a result, they felt they knew what to do about it. Encouraged by their connection to the spiritual side of the Plot Whisperer, I extracted the thread from the book and expanded it into an on-line video series: A Spiritual Guide for Writers. And… now it’s official! I signed the contract with New Harbinger Publications to write the book. Most noteworthy, the book is not only for writers. It is for anyone wanting to get in touch with their creativity and develop the artist within.
A Spiritual Workbook
The working title the publishing company created is: A Spiritual Workbook for Higher Creativity: A Step-by-Step Program for Overcoming Self-Doubt and Emotional Traps So You Can Live Your Best Creative Life.
I’ve visualized and dreamed of this opportunity for the past four years. I am grateful for the chance to take the concepts I’ve taught about plot and characters and theme and apply them in a broader context — real life. I am beyond thrilled!
The Universal Story
My first course of business was to create a planner of my writing schedule following the Universal Story template — no surprise there. This one I’m calling a Creativity Planner.
I arranged the chapter summaries I created for the proposal according to the time frame I have to write and turn in the finished book (July 2019). I then transferred the information into my datebook. This gives me a clear idea what I have to write and when. I plan to begin the actual writing October 1st.
My Goal for the Workbook
My goal for the workbook is to spark your creativity by holding your goals, opposition, and emotions alongside the Universal Story. I want A Spiritual Workbook for Higher Creativity: A Step-by-Step Program for Overcoming Self-Doubt and Emotional Traps So You Can Live Your Best Creative Life to take you on a transformational voyage similar to the journey found in bestselling stories.
The workbook is not only for writers looking to enhance their productivity and cultivate more joy and success in their lives. It is for anyone wanting to get in touch with their creativity and develop the artist within. Above all, the workbook is intended to be a goal-driven program of discovery. Explore what’s beneath the surface of your actions. With this broader insight, drama drops away and you move more effortlessly toward your creative dream.
Described as follows:
Writing coach and transformational guide, Martha Alderson helps writers, artists, and other creatives identify what’s standing in their way of creative success by examining how emotions affect creativity, including where they may be limited by self-doubt, past emotional wounds, self-criticism, and habits and patterns that keep them stuck, and leads readers step by step on a spiritual journey to higher creativity so they may realize their artistic ambitions and live their best creative life.
There will be plenty of exercises designed to reconnect you energetically to your intuition and enliven the core of your creativity. As your creativity blossoms, the quality of your life improves. Create an inner spiritual goal and a tangible, measureable artistic goal. Each step toward your creative outer goal challenges your inner spiritual goal. Step-by-step, you discover gifts and meaning in each obstacle and every opposition you face along the way.
The map for this often deep and always profound creative spiritual journey is found in the Universal Story. TUS is an energetic pathway running throughout our lives and all of nature with the promise of transformation. You’ll have the chance to rediscover emotions and pieces of yourself you’ve forgotten or thought were lost forever.
I Could Go On and On
I could go on and on about my passion but as I say to writers — don’t talk your story to death. Write it! The workbook is not due out until April 2020 but I wanted you to be the first to know. Help is on its way!