Courage – the theme for my new novel!

Courage is my main theme for the novel I am writing about the brave Kurdish women who fought Daesh in Kobani and won. The courage I see in them –inspired me to be courageous to travel to the middle east on my own, for research and travel in 2016.

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I am galloping towards the end of this novel and am constantly spurred on by the story of these women and my central characters. I have had to do extensive research to capture the reality of war for these women. I have spent hundreds of hours of research over more than two years of writing this novel. I have a few more chapters to write and I am itching to be able to do this around work and being a mother.

I follow Hemingway’s advice however, he recommends to always leave water in the well for the next day of writing. I seek to do this. I seek to stop writing while I am still inspired and, in the zone, so that I can continue this passion the following day.

After I have finished these chapters I know there will be more rewriting as every author has to do, but I am excited to get to this complete manuscript. There may be more scenes to be added, but I will know the story arc, character development and texturing is done for what I want to do at this point.

I am excited. Then starts the process of rewriting and then sending out to agents and publishers. Writers, authors need to remember this is a long process. I am prepared for it but I am excited to be finishing the manuscript.

Every writer must be prepared for more rewriting than they realise, every good author does this. At university I was shown pictures of all the corrections made to The Great Gatsby, which encouraged me a lot. This book, is a triumph, a perfect novel in my mind. So, let’s remember that all the great writers had to rewrite, so that is part of the process. However, soon I will know that the manuscript will be done to what I want to create. Then we will see. Then I can send it out.

Anyway, back to the theme of courage, my novel looks at the idea that only men are courageous and in this narrative it is clear that women are courageous. In some cases, more courageous than men. But it is not a competition, just to say that women are courageous all over the world and have to deal with many serious threats to their lives and wellbeing. This novel is inspired by these real-life women who have fought and given their lives and shown amazing courage beyond comprehension! They also remind me to be courageous in my novel writing as well, attempting to write about something I have not experienced, within a culture I have not grown up with. Courageous or silly, I don’t know. (Haha)

But be courageous in your writing! It’s worth it.

I will let you know when I finish the manuscript. Thank you for reading. 🙂

Kind regards,

Suzanne

Expressive Writing Therapy Workshop

Hello everyone,

Next weekend I am running an Expressive Writing workshop, it is about writing therapy that provides phenomenal release for people from pain or stress. This workshop will be fun, caring, supportive and enlightening. Come and join our group. Contact me to book in. 🙂

Kind regards, Suzanne

Date: Saturday April 14

Time: 10-11:30am

Location: Goodlife Community Centre, Buderim

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Suzanne has also published a book about writing therapy, called Freedom Writing. It is available on Amazon in most countries.

 

Expressive writing therapy can help you!

 

Hello, this is a video I made a while ago, explaining expressive writing therapy. Check it out if you’re curious. If you would like to read more about writing therapy and how it can help you my book Freedom Writing is available on amazon around the world in print and e-book.

Subscribe to my Youtube channel and I will be posting more videos about writing and writing therapy. 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8z5mwbS4kfWm_5PzrMv7oA?view_as=subscriber

Have a great day. Kind regards, Suzanne

Memoir workshop responses…

Memoir Workshop Responses

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On the weekend, we had our last instalment of the two-week Memoir Writing Workshop. The workshop had an exceptional group of people who brought with them extremely different lives, perspectives and experiences providing a rich tapestry of creativity. I loved getting to know the individual’s stories and teaching some aspects of what makes up memoirs and life stories.

The workshop combines information and tips about how to approach your memoirs as well as time to actually write. Writing is always a part of my workshops as without this it is impossible to integrate the knowledge. Through practical writing exercises I seek to show participants how they can experiment with techniques and simply start writing, which sometimes is our biggest obstacle in writing.

Using some visual techniques and also comparison to other writers I seek to provide practical craft for use in your personal writing journey. Below is some of the responses I gained after the workshop, there may be a few more to follow. Thanks for reading. J Suzanne

Monica, Marketing Consultant

“I didn’t know what to expect when I went to the Memoir Writing Workshop. I wanted to gain some inspiration to start writing. The workshop was absolutely inspiring. There was the right mix of information and time to do some practice. The part I enjoyed the most was the parts where we talked about where to start and the practical details. I found it very engaging and I loved it. I would absolutely recommend this workshop to anyone wanting to embark on their writing project.”

Kathryn, Teacher

“I liked how I found out how to get started on the memoir and the different techniques to include. The parts I received the most out of was; the good information, practical tips and practice of writing and getting feedback on our writing.

Suzanne was very helpful. I was reminded in the workshop of showing not telling and to use creative expressive writing, not just the facts. The workshop was very professionally done. I would do more workshops with Suzanne and would recommend them to others.”

Daniel, PE Teacher

“I wanted to get an action plan for writing my life story. The workshop stimulated and challenged my thinking to be more creative. Suzanne was very engaging. I learnt how to start my memoir. I would definitely recommend this workshop to others. It was great.”

Suzanne, Retired Social Worker

“I took the course to start my book. I gained more inspiration and knowledge from the workshop and learned about structure. I liked the technical information and critiquing other books as well. I actually started the book too. I found the workshop very good and would definitely recommend it.”

 

 

Upcoming Workshop – Writing Therapy!

Hello everyone,

Below are the details for my next workshop coming up next month. 🙂

Kind regards, Suzanne

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Expressive Writing Therapy

  • Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Time: 10:00-11:30am
  • Location: Goodlife Community Centre, Buderim
  • Cost: $50

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with stress or pain and wanted to be released from this? Writing therapy can do this. It is a proven, simple method that provides holistic healing from these issues.

In this workshop you will learn practical tools to take home and use. Suzanne has conducted these workshops with many people and has seen them freed from things that had bothered them for a long time.

Come and join in our fun, supportive and caring environment and learn how to utilise writing therapy with any issues that arise in your life. It is an extremely, phenomenal art therapy. 🙂

Please contact me (Suzanne) to book into the workshop, (you need to pre-book) at strong.suzanne@gmail.com.

Creative people need to create!

Hello everyone,
I just wanted to do a short post talking about how it is when you are a creative person. We need to create. I was aware of this, this week. If I felt frustrated with certain things I sat down this week and continued with my novel I am writing.

When I step into the world of writing and creating this world for the reader, my frustration disappears and I am elevated. I think people with any kind of obsession or passion would say that when they do it, they feel free. It would be the same with a sportsperson or a musician when they play their instrument. This was how I felt as I was creating more chapters for my novel.

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Elizabeth Gilbert said in her book Big Magic, if I am not creating, I am destroying something in my life (paraphrased). 🙂 This is quite true. A creative person needs to create, so I wanted to encourage readers of this blog who write or do other creative pursuits, find some time for this, this week. You will not regret it. I bet you have twenty minutes when you can do it! 🙂

I am also providing my short story and poetry collection for free from tomorrow (Sunday 11 March) for two days. If you download it, it would be so great to receive your reviews! Thanks so much again. Go well! Suzanne 🙂

This is my Creative Collection of Short Stories and Poems. 🙂