We all have a story to tell. You have a story to tell. Those memories of the places you’ve been; those parts of your life journey which, if given the right platform, can be inspirational lessons to share.
But how to go from, “I have this idea” to a published book?
Worldette caught up with Linda Sivertsen, author of many acclaimed books and creator of the amazing Carmel Writing Retreats, where she repeatedly creates a beautiful community of women who join together to write and awaken their awareness.
Linda, AKA Book Mama, says she meets many women with incredible ideas, but without the confidence in themselves to speak their voice. Not until they invest in themselves to attend a writing retreat, do they finally feel freedom to create. “They cry because of how it feels to be heard. Seen. Understood.” she says. “They cry because they’d forgotten how much they missed time to think, dream and banter about possibilities in a safe space.”
Linda’s writing retreats are held each quarter at the stunning Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Running from a Monday until Friday with five other writers, you’ll have direct one-on-one access to Linda’s extensive publishing expertise. Aha! moments happen. Friendships are made. Ideas become tangible manuscripts, novels, self-help books or works of fiction. Linda’s private chef is on hand to keep your body nourished in this dreamy writing retreat and past participants have secured book deals, found agents, written proposals, or finally put pen to paper on their big idea.
If the timing or current checkbook balance doesn’t allow for a writing retreat, don’t give up. Linda suggests seeking out your own community by looking for a writing group, starting your own creativity gathering, or simply looking for like-minded people.
“Trust the ache inside of you that wants to create,” says Book Mama. Let it go and let it flow. As Linda says, “There’s a story aching to be birthed and its chosen you.”
By the way, we believe, as Linda does, that everyone has their story to tell. What yours?