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Henry Sienkiewicz’s talks to us about his writing technique.

From tiny idea to the book shops. What is your writing process?

First, I want to thank you for the chance to have a conversation with the readers of WWBB. This month’s topic, “from tiny idea to the book shops. What is your writing process?”, is a fascinating theme. I looked at the theme in two ways. The first way was as one who wanted to create a work, and then as one who wanted to find an audience for the work. 

For Untangled, I started with the classical premise that the unexamined life is not worth living. However, given the constant flow of the entanglements of modern life, is it even possible for us to examine life? Stimuli bombard each of our senses every second. The enablement and empowerment that comes with technology has the potential to make the world fundamentally better. We can’t cast aside the connectivity and the technology. However, social media and the like also have given us dozens of new ways to grab our attention.   We can barely go a minute without our phone buzzing at least once. We constantly check our Twitter feed. Active contemplation, the type of contemplation I focus on in Untangled, lets you find the distance to focus on the things that ultimately matter.

I still struggle to think of myself as a writer. I’m very much an observational, heterogeneous integrator. As an observer, I like to be highly aware of what is going on around me. As a heterogeneous writer, I pull inspiration from diverse sources. But, at the end, I try to integrate all of this into a comprehensive, and hopefully approachable, work.

Three years ago, when I began the process of writing Untangled, I wrote a lot of notes. I mulled through a bunch of ideas. I jotted things down. I eventually transcribed them onto one massive document, although I kept one idea per page. After a few months of writing and transcribing, I spread the individual ideas out on a large table and sorted them. 

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I searched hard to find the narrative arc, a backdrop, within the ideas. I searched even harder to make the arc approachable. I know that I’m following in the steps of some the most profound thinkers in human history. I realized that it was critical for both myself and my readers to have a narrative arc by which to follow the ideas.

I also made a conscious decision to let the ideas rest on their own. I didn’t want to put forward specific concrete steps. I didn’t want to mentally lock the reader into thinking that there was one path to take. Many writers offer definitive, universal steps that lead their readers to a pre-set destination. I wanted to avoid that fallacy.

As I start the actual writing and then subsequent editing process, I remember that one of my college instructors gave me some great advice. He told me that I needed to write it down, and put it down. He specifically told me to edit, and re-edit, and then re-edit again. He was right. Writing can be painful for me. It takes me time to find the narrative and construct the words to go with the ideas.

For an overall approach to finding an audience, I marvel at the changes within the book publishing industry over the last decade. My first book, Centerlined, was published in 2006. My approach to finding readers was significantly different than it is today. The disintermediation of the traditional publishing houses and the ability of an author to directly connect with the readers is ground-breaking, or maybe better said, wall-breaking. Venues like WWBB, on-line communities such as Goodreads, the acceptance of ebooks, all of this allow writers to join with readers in way that was not imaginable in 2006. Print on demand solutions, from independent presses to providers like Espresso, offer outlets that allow ideas to be widely sown. My YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A3Trh5BlEw) has generated enormous interest. All of these channels allow writers the privilege of engaging with their readers.

I would like to thank WWBB again, for the privilege of connecting with readers here. If they readers wish to order the book directly from the website (www.untangledthebook.com) they can use the 20% off discount code.

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Untangled
Contemplation and Entanglement

In a  social media-centric, Twitter-driven world we live, the complexity created by the entanglements has caused an overload Called a Walden for the Internet Age, Untangled draws from the rich traditions of both Eastern and Western philosophy to tease apart the hyper-connected web of the modern world and challenges the reader to recognize and embrace contemplation as a way cope. 

Through a highly approachable framework and the imagery of a journey through the heartland of Taiwan, Untangled provides the reader with the background of entanglement and contemplation, and identifies and discusses the three pillars of contemplation – silence, stillness and solitude.  The book closes with a series of actions that allow anyone to untangled through active contemplation in daily life.
Giveaway!

Gift Pack: signed paperback, mug and notebook, $25 Visa Gift
Card, and if you buy the book at Book Site, get 20% discount. Enter below:
Author Henry J. Sienkiewicz
Henry J. Sienkiewicz has served in multiple positions within the United States Federal Senior Executive Service since 2008. His previous commercial experience was as the founder and chief executive officer for Open Travel Software, an award-winning software developer focused on the global travel community, and in the chief information officer role at three technology companies. He or his companies have been the recipient of multiple awards for innovations or achievement in the technology industry. He retired as a United States Army Reserve lieutenant colonel in July 2008.


Henry holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Notre Dame and a master of science from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

In 2006, he completed and published his first book, Centerlined, which dealt with interpersonal and organizational dynamics.

Henry resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Excerpt:

UNTANGLED

A Big
Ball of Twine

We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.
—Jean
Toomer

As we reached
the first stopping point, we opened our packs and found chaos. The ropes that
we had neatly packed were completely jumbled. The gear we had carefully stowed
had been shifted around; it was an unrecognizable mess.

The jostling
and shifting from the simple movement of the journey caused our coils of rope
to transform from a neat roll to an entangled mess. We thought that we had
taken care to pack them; the journey ensured that we had a mess to deal with.

Our mental
backpacks are similar. Sometimes, regardless of the care we have taken, our
world becomes a completely entangled mess in ways that we had not expected. Our
journey ensures that we have a mess to deal with. 

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO YOU ~ 7 steps to awaken to your heart, become a Heart Conscious Woman and love your life!

A shout out to all women who feel depressed, stuck,
lonely, stressed, anxious, unfulfilled and
disillusioned in life. Make the choice to be
free from all that holds you back from your happiness. You can 
thrive. You just have to want to.

UK Author, Marie Alesbury is delighted to announce the release of her new book –  “A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO YOU ~ 7 steps to awaken to your heart, become a Heart Conscious Woman and love your life!”
Available at Amazon worldwide now:

A Beginner’s Guide to You details the life-transforming 7
step process that gently guides and supports women in freeing
themselves from feeling depressed, stuck, unfulfilled, disillusioned
and unworthy of love so that they may finally realize their true essence and
the shining and sparkly potential of their future.
Alarmingly, in the UK alone, 30% of women
are treated for a mental health problem (Better or Worse: A longitudinal
study of the mental health of adults in Great Britain, National Statistics,
2003). Depression is much more common in women than in men with 1
in 4 women requiring treatment for depression and anxiety compared
to 1 in 10 men. Sadly, the statistics speak for themselves.
The information, skills, strategies and
exercises detailed in the book are a result of more than 10 years of
research, expertise and personal experience. Marie explains that her inspiring
book “shares all the knowledge and skills that are just too
valuable to keep to myself. Women will gain a true and fresh perspective
on who they truly are and who they really are not! This book offers them their
stepping stone back to their heart and guides them along a path of
well-deserved self-nurturing to restore peace in their heart and
love in their life”.

For some of her twenties, Marie Alesbury’s life was ruled by feelings of depression, unworthiness, low self-esteem, anxiety, and panic attacks. However, hitting rock bottom at 31 was the most important pivotal moment of her life. She had a choice to sink or swim and she chose to live her life instead of being a victim of it. She now lives a beautiful and blessed life in the middle of the Ellisfield countryside with her husband, Rob, daughter, Evie and their doggy, Noodle.

Marie Alesbury left her job as a Senior Therapeutic Radiographer in the NHS once Evie came along to concentrate on her family. Her heartfelt intention and mission is to help other women who find themselves in the same predicament she was in her twenties. She trained to be a Reiki practitioner in 2005 and found that the majority of her clients all seemed to be dealing with similar issues. She now wishes to reach out to a wider audience and touch the hearts of as many people as possible. 

Marie prides herself on her ability to have transformed a life full of heart ache and adversity into a magical and joyful one. Now all she wants is for others to know what she knows so that they can love their life too.
You can visit Marie Alesbury on her website, Twitter and Facebook

The Chakra Diaries by Becca Chopra

The Chakra Diaries
The Chakra Diaries
by Becca Chopra
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Don’t you often wonder about the lives of others in your yoga or dance class? What is the tubby woman at the back of the class really thinking? Does the lone man in his spandex clothes feel as stupid as he looks? Is the woman running the class as confident as she appears?

Well, even though the blurb of the Chakra Diaries reads like a self-help book it gives you a chance to dip into the lives of such characters including chubby but lovely Estella, abused Sarah and also including the narrator Rebecca who runs the new age spirituality (Chakra) classes. You also learn a great deal about the Hindu chakra practice and how it can affect/help your life.

The Chakra Diaries was extremely well written, and my only criticism is that I’d have liked more time to stay with the characters before it finished. Hopefully, the author Becca Chopra will write a sequel?

My favourite line in the book was: `Matt had no need to be a man, she had enough balls for both of them’, which made me laugh, and you’ll find plenty to laugh about with the Chakra Diaries. It is both funny and ponderous.

The Cross and the Psychiatrist -self-help book keeping it real!

By
Terry L Dorn

A story about a life that fell apart and is mended by faith. When a person
experiences a mental breakdown he is treated like he’s not even two years old. Terry Dorn has experienced torture as a child, lived on
the streets in Minneapolis Minnesota at age ten. He Slept in box cars and vacant houses at first. Was hospitalized several times for observation as a teenager. He had to fight to not receive shock treatments at age fifteen.

Terry is a bounce back person and has become a hero to many who have experienced a major psychiatric challenge.

Terry L Dorn’s The Cross and the Psychiatrist-Stopping a Modern-day Epidemic is a must read for everyone, particularly those who are close to individuals who have psychiatric disabilities. Throughout the text, the author emphasizes that these individuals should not be bound by a stigma and label. On the contrary, Dorn offers what all psychiatric patients and their family members seek: hope. Often times, being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel is enough to keep the individual pushing for a return to normalcy. Dorn vigorously supports this concept, and he firmly believes that the church, and faith in general, can help patients return to leading normal lives.
What sets this book apart from other psychiatric awareness texts is that the information does not make up a thousand-page textbook. Instead, this book essentially draws from the real-life experiences of Terry Dorn. One passage that is particularly indicative of Dorn’s stance states, “Mental illness has become the leprosy of this age. Stigma and ignorance has built a wall that keeps many of these wounded people away from being socially acceptable ever again.”

Read more.
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=wiswor0a-21&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002HOQM22&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe author of this book, Terry Dorn, left home at the age of ten due to torture and abuse. Many teachers told Terry he could not be a writer because of his education. He has published a book for Washington State Mental Health system and has been the editor of a newspaper: -“You must learn to turn your problems into lessons”.

The real power in this life is (FAITH) and believing in ones dreams! Terry’s ability to see the good in people has helped many individuals to return to a productive life.

Click below for the interview:

What is your book about?
How I found Hope and recovery after a mental breakdown

Why did you decide to write it?
To help other individuals who are experiencing what I did.

What types of readers will be interested in your book?
Anybody dealing with mental or emotional illness issues, or friends and family members of these individuals.

What is special about your book?
What differentiates it from other books in the same category? It reads like a personal story of discovering hope. It is not a medical journal or a workbook made up of hundreds of pages.

How did the idea for The Cross and the Psychiatrist come to you?
Personal experience and a desire to help others.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=wiswor0a-21&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0971412502&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrHave you published any other books?
I published a book for the State of Washington Mental Health Division, “Our Memories,” the writings of mental health consumers across the state. I am working on other books at the moment and also a newspaper to reach out to struggling humanity.

What is the hardest and easiest part of writing?
Accepting the idea that I can express myself in the written word. Visualizing the outcome of what the written word could produce.

What’s next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future

projects?
I am working on a few book ideas. Mostly though right now I am producing a newspaper to help create a movement for mental health consumer recovery.

Why did you choose to write for specific genre?
I enjoy writing nonfiction/facts. Facts are stepping stones for a wanderers life!

What is one question that you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
What makes you, or drives you to write your books? Whenever I become discouraged and close my eyes, I see a face of a person that I have helped along lives journey.

Contact:
Terry Dorn – The Cross and the Psychiatrist
Email Address: tldorn@hotmail.com
Mailing Address: 9503 NE Hazel Dell Ave. #306 Vancouver WA 98665
 http://outskirtspress.com/thecrossandthepsychiatrist