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When you develop a book, you get to pay really close and wonderful attention to yourself, see what comes alive, and follow that road as it unfolds in front of you. 

Book Development

Imagine that you could write a book in a way that actually nourishes and deepens you. Imagine that instead of working against yourself, you could find your natural creative ways, say what’s in you to say, actually love the process, and emerge with not only a publishable manuscript, but also more of yourself than you initially were aware of when you began. With Writing from the Deeper Self book development, you can.

What's the difference between writing a book as an assignment, and developing a book?  When you write a book as an assignment (even if you assign it to yourself), you often have to contend with internal "shoulds" and try to meet some external bar established (even if only in your own mind) by others. When you develop a book, you get to pay really close and wonderful attention to yourself, see what comes alive, and follow that road as it unfolds in front of you. Book development — at least as I envision and hold it — is an organic, living, breathing process of finding out what's in you and offering relevant, evocative ways to bring it out. When something "develops," you notice what's alive and growing within you, and you work with that. 

If you think back to the pre-digital photography process of "developing" film, you get the picture. The film is shot in light, but the prints are developed from the negatives in a dark room (literally called "a darkroom"). There's a magic in watching the prints slowly develop in the developing solution — the paper is blank, at first; then, a bit of indistinct form shows; then more, then more, until finally the image becomes clear: "Oh, it's the tree I photographed by the hillside on a windy day!"

Developing a book is something like that. There's a desire in your being to bring forth something that matters to you, but in the beginning it may not be all that clear. Rather than give up, or force a predictable outcome (which starting with an outline tends to do), it's much more true to what's inside you to draw out just as much at a time as what's willing to show itself, and no more. Then, what has shown itself begins to show other, related possibilities.

You may prefer to start by writing the Introduction and then Chapter 1, and so on. And I certainly will work with you that way, if you do. But it's also possible to develop a book out of sequence, as your deeper Self brings you realizations and inspirations that arise in the moment; even if you currently have no idea where they belong, you trust that they do belong. Then, you write as you're led; and at some point, enough of a picture emerges that suggests an authentic and workable shape for your book.

At this point, I may tell you, "The thread that links what you wrote here ____, and here ____, and here ____ suggests that all this comes together in a 'Part I.' That means there will be a 'Part II,' and maybe even a 'Part III' and 'Part IV.' Let's see what, of the writing you already have done, falls into these parts. Then we'll see what are the missing pieces, so you can be with them and see what wants to fill them and connect them." Then, your analytical mind and your holistic mind work together, and writing your book is a deep creative adventure. The end result reads sequentially – Chapter 2 follows Chapter 1, and so on; but its creation, its development, happened in a more simultaneous, attuned way.

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What Naomi does superbly is to evoke the creative and articulate in each person who works with her, to such a degree that each one is surprised at his/her own talent for expression.

 – Gay Luce, co-founder (with Jean Houston), Nine Gates Mystery School

As a Book Developer, I bring to the wonderful people who work with me over 30 years of experience in the publications field as an editor, writer, and consultant. At the same time, I also bring an attentive, compassionate listening, so that clients know in their bones that they are not in this alone; that they will be heard, and their deep desires will flower as a completed, publishable book.

These two streams of support enable people who seek a deeper way to bring forth the book of their heart to be heard, nurtured, and guided – even transformed – by the process.

A great benefit of writing a book in this way is that you become so intimate with yourself that what's on the page then reverberates with your readers in a similar, kindred way. Writing a book can be many things, including a help for your career and business, and a help for the world; but in the actual process of writing, it can be a mirror of the soul. And in our culture, I think this is what we are most hungry for.

It’s not how many pages you write. It’s how much of you goes into the page.

 

"When I began this process, my deepest yearnings were twofold: one, that the words expressed would be a true expression of my soul; and two, that in the process of writing I would find and deepen my relationship with my creativity, and myself. Naomi has been a precious guide in both respects.” ~ Carolyn Shoshana Fershtman, PhD
 

BENEFITS of working with me as your book developer include the opportunity to:

  • Build and enhance your professional life, as a published author.
  • Fulfill yourself creatively.
  • Reach more people.
  • Get new clients and customers.
  • Heal the world.
  • Be listened to exquisitely. It’s your time.

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The world is waiting for your book, even though it doesn’t know it yet. Your readers need the healing medicine that only you can give. And you need the opportunities the world will offer you once your book is in print.

It’s your turn to be listened to, now. Let’s listen to you together.

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