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Overcoming Writer’s Block with Carolyn Martinez


This month, the Helensvale Writers’ Group had a productive workshop with Carolyn Martinez.

Brisbane Book Authors co-ordinator

Carolyn Martinez

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Martinez is a former newspaper editor/owner and the author of two non-fiction books – ‘Finding Love Again’ and ‘Inspiring IVF Stories’. She is an Author’s Coach offering manuscript structural assessments, editing, proofreading and book production services. In her spare time, she co-ordinates Brisbane Book Authors, a not-for-profit social networking group for published authors.

The Helensvale writers were delighted to learn how to overcome Writer’s Block with Carolyn Martinez because she does not believe in Writer’s Block. How refreshing!

Workshop with Carolyn Martinez

Helensvale Writers Group is getting ready

 

 

 

Deep Point of View (DPV)

Learning and gaining new knowledge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, Carolyn shared her understanding on Deep Point of View (DPV) – “a technique that strips the author voice out of the prose” and allows us “to dig deeper into the mental state of the character”. This technique is currently in favour with editors and publishers. How did we miss that one?

For the members of the Helensvale Writers Group it was not easy to grasp the insights of DPV from the initial introduction by Carolyn Luckily, as soon as Carolyn took us through her workshop-based exercises, enlightenment filled the room. We are very grateful to Carolyn Martinez for the opportunity to learn from her.

Thank you very much!

Mrs Holman & Mrs Martinez

Melissa Holman & Carolyn Martinez

The Most Popular Facebook Posts on Finding Love Again by Carolyn Martinez

Inspiring IVF Stories: 24 Men And Women With Strength, Commitment And A Dream by Carolyn Martinez

Read more about Carolyn Martinez

 

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Posted by on July 21, 2017 in Events

 

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Dimity Powell Writing Edventure

Dimity Powell Writing Edventure

Our prominent member and published writer Dimity Powell recently has been embarked on a writing adventure. Her aim is to create a story suitable for the digital format. Have you heard about the new mobile application or rather the new free app Story City App ? It is where your are the hero of your own story. Yes, it is true! You are given the chance to be a part of your own adventure across several locations – Brisbane, Adelaide and the Gold Coast. This application enables you to ‘quite literally smell the roses, or tread the pavement or in some harrowing cases, stave off mutant zombie cockroaches‘, giving you a lot of freedom of how to explore desirable location.

Dimity Powell has joined a team of highly creative professionals who are giving the users of the Story City App an opportunity to see the world differently. The group is quite diverse but nevertheless highly professional: Surfing Guru Tim Baker, Comic Artist  Ken Best, Verbal Disc Jockey Ben Brown, Cool tunes maestro Jed Walters and Obligatory female kids author Dimity Powell.

Read the latest publications via Dimity PowellStory City or from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Story City free Mobile App

Story City Gold Coast Launch – Emily Craven, Ken Best, Dimity Powell and Jed A. Wølters.

From Dimity Powell: “Over the next month or so, I hope to divulge more of the hows, whys and whos behind my Story City Creation. You can follow those posts at Dim’s Write Stuff. Visit the Story City website to register your interest as a future contributor or simply learn more about the team behind the stories behind the adventures!”

Helensvale Writers’ Group is very proud of our prominent member, Dimity Powell, and her significant contribution to promote love for reading and writing books over the years.

 
 

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Workshop with Deb Shearer

Workshop with Deb Shearer

On the 17th of March we had a very special workshop with Deb Shearer who is a Certified Raw Food Chef, Workshop facilitator, Teacher and Writer. Deb shared her experience in writing and publishing her recent recipe book – Delicious Raw Food. Deb shared her passion for row food and demonstrated how to cook her recipes, giving us opportunity to taste her creations. This was unusual workshop with a very unconventional approach of how to write, publish and market a recipe book.

Thank you Deb Shearer!

We really enjoyed your unique workshop.

Debbie Shearer

“Row food is a matter of taste. However, it is proven to be a great enabler of health and well-being” – Deb Shearer

 

Delicious Row Food Workshop

Helensvale Writers’ Group was taken by surprise of a very unusual approach for book promotion techniques.

A moment to say thank you.

Deb Shearer and Joan Small. Thank you Deb!

Book promotion techniques

Fed with delicious row food and happy to gain new knowledge about book promotion techniques.

If you would like to find more about Deb Shearer books, recipes and workshops – check a few links below:

Raw Food Basic Essentials Workshop

Deb Shearer on Facebook

Deb Shearer’s short practicing biography.

Debbie has been a passionate raw and vegetarian ‘foody’ for over 25 years. From the heady world of Marketing to her humble beginnings as a Permaculture Farmer her curiosity started a journey exploring holistic health and nutrition through vegetarian, vegan and ultimately Raw Cuisine. Growing her own food, working as a chef at Camp Eden, creating a vegetarian lifestyle cafe and becoming a Massage Therapist, Reiki Healer, Oneness Blesser, Yoga Teacher and Raw Food Chef along the way. Deb is passionate about real food and loves sharing this through her workshops. Deb is available for workshops, demonstrations, teaching and gives tuition on shopping and pantry restocking for a raw food lifestyle.

 

 
 

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This is your time to succeed


In July 2014, Vacen Taylor – author of the Starchild Series, writer and storyteller was our guest speaker at Helensvale Writers’ Group.

Book Series by Vacen Taylor

Published by Odyssey Books

“What is the first thing that a baby does when it’s born?” asked Vacen Taylor. After a few wrong answers the right one was found, “Breathe,” confirmed Vacen, “A baby will take its first breath from 10 to 14 seconds after birth… “What is the last thing that we do?” she asked again; and the answer didn’t require the revelation. “We inhale at birth and we exhale at death. That is how important breath is. What we are going to do first is a breathing exercise. It is really simple. I say to the writers – it is the first thing to do to remove tension when you sit in front of the computer; and I would really like you to learn that.”

Vance’s workshops are based on the belief that any theory can be solidified by interactive exercises and we couldn’t agree more, gradually relaxing our shoulders, muscles of the neck, closing our eyes and deeply breathing in and out. In a few minutes we were ready for the next six steps of learning how to maintain determination and a positive attitude for writing.

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Vacen Taylor and Helensvale Writers’ Group

Vacen Taylor’s six steps:

  1. Determination and focus, aiming to keep our energy constant in order to maintain our original intention to complete a story;
  2. Goal setting, aiming to visualize the intended completion in order to successfully accomplish a project.
  3. Avoiding negative talk, aiming to think and believe in positive results.
  4. Take time to understand your reason for writing, aiming to identify the reason and to keep sight of it.
  5. Take good care of you, aiming to not be critical about the successes and failures; enjoying what we do.
  6. Victory, aiming to measure victories and successes because successful people have four traits in common: focus, determination, resilience and perseverance.

After explaining every step, Vacen Taylor advised: “Be in tune with yourself to find your own writing voice. Have experience in centeredness and solidness. Being centered will give you the ability to write something that is worthy. Find the sense of personal power which has nothing to do with being powerful. Personal power is self-efficacy, commitment and self-assurance. Self-efficacy is producing results. To get confidence, you need to have self-efficacy. Know your limitations in your writing. If you know your limitations, you can grow out of your limits.”

She was as confident as many of us would like to be in her special performance for us which she called ‘High Impact Performance Reading”.

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‘High Impact Performance Reading” by Vacen Taylor

She came up with this technique by writing screen plays, drawing herself into her characters and making sure the dialogues are correct. “This works very well for writers and especially when you are communicating with kids. It correlates well with their drama curriculum, bringing literature and drama together. It is a great tool to get their energy up. Maybe not every book can be presented that way but I would challenge that because a writer can arrange it so that it is possible. It’s all about practice and believing in your characters.”  Her performance was powerful, supporting her argument of bringing new breath in the engagement between a writer and the audience.

At the end she said something very incisive: “The world has a pulse. It is pulsing innovation all the time. Somebody is coming up with something new all the time. I want to be in that pulse. I want to be known as a person who started something new and good.”

Profoundly, she has already done exactly what she is wishing for.  She was in the pulse. We learned new and good techniques from Vacen, and we will definitely remember her ‘High Impact Performance Reading’ for a very long time.”

Writers from the Gold Coast

Thank you very much, Vacen Taylor!

 

If you wish to contact Vacen Taylor, click these links below:

http://www.starchildseries.com/contact/

Or find Vacen Taylor on:

Twitter

Facebook

Quora

Goodreads

Pinterest

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Events

 

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Sensational and Gifted Jennifer Bacia

Sensational and Gifted Jennifer Bacia

“A novelist to rival Sheldon…” Cosmopolitan magazine
“Superbly crafted thrillers…compelling suspense.”
The Sunday Times

Jennifer Bacia – the author of eight successful novels, two non-fiction works and dozens of short stories.

She is well-known for her best-selling suspense thrillers:

“A Very Public Scandal”,     “Indecent Ambition”,  

“Whisper Her Name”,   and    “Never Forget Me”.

On the 15th of August 2013, we finally met with sensational, gifted, softly spoken Jennifer Bacia who shared with us her profoundly positive spirit and depth of knowledge in creative writing. We were delighted!

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We learned from Jennifer Bacia why the writer needs to know the rules before the rules can be broken. How to shape an idea for a book, how and where to research and how an idea becomes the plot and why creating a plot is all about problem solving. She explained and demonstrated why the preliminary thinking process is important. Why story writing is all about conflict. What connects strong plot, believable motivation and changing character and how the plot’s thickening is related to complications and embellishments. Why actions must have significant consequences through motivation and conflict and how important it is to set the right location, background and to create a strong opening.

Writers from the Gold Coast

A huge thank you, Jennifer Bacia from the Helensvale Writers Group!

For more information please visit Jennifer Bacia’s website www.jenniferbacia.com 

You can find all her books via this link: Suspense Thrillers and Romantic Suspense

or Books by Jennifer Bacia, Kindle Edition on Amazon

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2013 in Events

 

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Special Guest – Katherine Howell

Special Guest – Katherine Howell

Rare and special guest, Katherine Howell had shared her knowledge with Helensvale Writers group in October.

We were delighted to meet Katherine Howell who shared her knowledge and experience.

Katherine Howell Sharing Knowledge

Althea Foster and Joan Small

Katherine was generous with her knowledge about critique guidelines, scene mapping and suspense building. We had learned so much about characterization, settings, switching point of view, pacing, dialogues, info-dumps and structure of sentences and paragraphs.

Writers learning from Bestseller Writer

Katherine Howell and Dimity Powell

She was a great speaker and wonderful communicator. We wish we had more time!

Thank you Katherine Howell – you were amazing!

 

 
 

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