The road back to our ancestral culture is long, and the road itself is longer. I started out reading everything I could find on African history, knowledges, “spirituality” thinking that what I read was the knowledge. Then I realized what I was reading was not the knowledge, but merely some information about the knowledge. I now know I have to seek the knowledge as experience, seek the knowledge as if I’m on a pilgrimage, which I am.
Be authentic. Have an authentic voice. Of course, having an authentic voice is an aspect of your sense of your authentic being, of knowing who you truly are, of being truthful with yourself and truthful about your writing. When your writing is authentic, you are grounded in your truth. When you are grounded in your truth, in whatever aspect of your experience, you can speak in your own voice, and when you can speak in your own voice, you can write in your own voice. Writing in your own voice is a measure of your authenticity.
However, a skilled storyteller can adopt many voices, because the skilled storyteller will utilize such writing conventions as narrative point(s) of view and narrative voice. With regard to narrative voice, the skilled storyteller can assume the voice of any other persona or personality. But even the assumed voice of that narrative personality needs to emerge from the authentic experience of that storyteller.
This is complex skill the true storyteller develops over time.
When I say spirit, I speak of your consciousness, the deep aspect of you that is authentically you, the you unaffected by the hype and confusion out there.
I speak of your higher power, the creative and Creatrix energy, because writing, like all of the so-called artforms, is an action that emerges from the creative and Creatrix energies of our being. It is within the Creatrix energy that we encounter the illuminations by which we grasp the higher realities of our experience.
How do we tune into the creative and Creatrix energies of our true selves? Serious writers tend to retreat to quiet places and surround themselves with quietude and solitude. I think an aspect of being able to write successfully is to take yourself away from distractions sometimes, and tune into your deeper being. It’s an aspect of meditation.
There are many types of meditation, but that of which I speak is the meditation of silence and solitude, in which you seek and find your truth. This is where the idea to write comes from in the first place. So dive deep into this ocean and evolve your consciousness.
DON’T WAIT FOR THE RIGHT TIME TO WRITE YOUR BOOK – DO IT NOW!
…because there never is a right time. Life is not going to stand still while you write your book. All hell will be breaking loose around you all the time, and there will always be situations that seem to take precedence over writing your book. So whatever your experience, whenever you conceive the idea to write a book, WRITE YOUR BOOK. Not only will your experiences evolve your thinking and present new perspectives, but when you write your book, you elevate yourself to the status of Master. So Master your experience by writing your book. Do it now.