Writing Your Book
Writing a book is not as daunting as it seems at the start. In fact, Tim and I wrote our book in just under 45 days. Part of the reason is that we didn’t know that couldn’t be done and so in this case, as they say, ignorance was bliss! You can get your copy here: Casting Away: Adventures of a Dead Man.
For some people, the idea of writing a book in a short amount of time tends to start their mind going, “That’s impossible.” When it’s not. There are some great resources out there to help you not only start, but get it done! Some of these programs actually delve into the marketing part as well. It has been said that writing a book is 5% done, while marketing, the other 95% is never really done. Great promotion and marketing can give you lasting passive income that lasts for years, if not a lifetime.
Our biggest “go to” when it comes to getting it done is Peggy McColl. If you haven’t heard of her, she offers many excellent programs for writers, from newcomers to published authors. Right now, we’re involved in The Complete Author, a program that shows you not only how to write a book, but how to promote it.
What it Can Provide for You!
“In the area of your life’s purpose and meaning, writing a book can provide you with an irreplaceable sense of freedom – knowing that your thoughts and ideas are being shared with others, no longer “stuck” inside of you – rather, out there in the world making a difference.”
Right now, Peggy is running what she calls An Author Marathon – 26 days to write your book from start to finish. Think of it as the 26 miles you would need to run to complete a marathon. It would be an excellent choice for anyone who’s put this off long enough. Because sometimes, enough is enough! To check out the program, follow the link below! You’ll be glad you did. Here’s to your bestselling book!
How Do I Start Writing My Book?
How do I start writing my book – a blog post dedicated to helping you pick up the pen and put it to paper, so to speak.
We wrote our book in late October, 2019 after hearing Peggy McColl speak at Paradigm Shift, hosted by Proctor Gallagher Institute. What she said was that she believes everyone has a book in them. I looked at my husband and said, “We know it’s true.” We had been talking about it for years, the mysterious death of my brother and how the twists and turns led to something that, in the end, was stranger than fiction. It was just time to write it. Maybe you feel the same way. Our advice is start! No matter where you are or what you think you know or don’t know, decide to start!
We began with a vision board, a visual tool that we hung on our wall and began cutting out photos of things pertinent to the story. Location was our first key element, and we chose Bora Bora. It just popped into my husband’s head and we went with it. Next, we chose our title and since our story included a deep sea fishing charter, we chose Casting Away. It was appropriate and as the journey continued, we realized that it also stood for casting away an old life, a set of beliefs that no longer served our main character. When we decided to have Ray fake his death, Adventures of a Dead Man was cemented. Taking creative action toward your goal means doing things that add to the process of getting it done.
We also chose to leave our house and write somewhere without the distractions of home. A cabin in our nearby town provided the perfect solution. If you feel the need for quiet and privacy, we highly recommend finding such a place.
How Do I Start Writing My Book – What if my Book Isn’t Good Enough?
I hear and read this question all the time. My question is – who would know what’s good enough? Write it! It’s your story, so trust it. You are your own best authority, even if you didn’t know that or believe it before. Just write it. You will grow into it as you do it. As the proverb says, “The work will teach you how to do it.” Trust in the process. Surround yourself with supportive people. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Sounds easy? It is, in fact, easy. Not that it doesn’t present challenges, but in the end, what we all need is people in our lives who see the best in us, even when we don’t see it in ourselves.
Expect it to come!
We all have creative voices in our minds that speak to us from time to time or even, all the time. The question is – do we actually follow them? Sometimes we do and sometimes we push them away as “impossible fantasies.” When that happens, we never write the book. Don’t allow yourself to push it away! Name it and claim it! It’s yours!
Our Book, Casting Away: Adventures of a Dead Man is available on Amazon.com.
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Going to Hollywood
May 26, 2020
Renata Natale & T. Lawrence
Today, we’re going to talk about our journey to Hollywood! It’s a new and exciting adventure into the unknown. The best adventures always are…
We are currently enrolled in a program called, Getting Into Hollywood with Phil Goldfine and Peggy McColl. It’s covering the fundamental steps in making a film. From pre-production to the long haul. We will be learning all the various components involved. The reason we’re taking the course is because we want to see our book made into a motion picture.
Our next step is getting a screenplay written. We know just the team to do it, Hasmark Publishing International,. the same team that published our book because we feel confident that it will be the best work there is and looking forward to that new beginning.
The Writing Process
From the start, Tim and Renata had a movie in mind while writing their book and we often referred to the book as the “movie.” Our writing process began with a vision board, much like story boards are used in the creation of a film. We even picked actors to represent the characters in our book, and would refer to their image on our vision board as we went along. It helped to solidify the character’s integrity.
Imagination is such a vital part in the creative process and we would literally see our characters interacting with each other. Another tool we used frequently was Google Maps, driving the roads our characters were moving along, seeing what they were seeing and have to admit, it’s a pretty cool thing to do.
One of the adventures we set Ray on took him to Tulum, Quintana Roo in Mexico. To get grounded in that location, we drove the roads to see what existed, what the houses and shops looked like, the surrounding area. This was actually the end of the road on his particular journey to a perfumerie. It sits right across from a lagoon. The roads are rough to drive on and we included all of it in our story.
Everything had to FEEL like the familiar to us and we had to know the place, even if only in mind. We had to see what our characters saw, smell what they smelled, felt what they felt. It is really a fascinating experience to make use of our five senses. Dialogue would flow from those sensations of see, hear, smell, taste, touch. It was almost like living in a parallel world while sitting in a chair with a computer in front of us.
It’s almost like creating an illusion. You clearly see the end result and then you begin the process back to the steps in getting there… We made ours a large illusion and because of that, the energy necessary to propel ourselves forward came upon us. We were connecting the dots.
Want to check out this exciting journey –
Getting Into Hollywood with Hollywood Producer, Phil Goldfine and NY Times Bestselling Author, Peggy McColl
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Intrigue and Suspense is what our book is all about!
The Intrigue begins – “Two sisters. A tropical paradise. The trip of a lifetime. Or is it?”
“When Wren and Mary think they see their long dead brother Ray on the seas and sands of Bora Bora, they’re shocked. Is it really him? Did he fake his death? How?
Watching him in his new life is both fascinating and frustrating. As they see Ray living his dream, Wren and Mary search for the truth. When their net closes in, Wren calls into question every life choice she’s ever made.”
Casting Away: Adventures of a Dead Man is a compelling read because it closely examines the inner journey one man makes after stumbling upon the Law of Attraction. Renata and Tim have always had a vision of turning our book into a motion picture.Because its message has worldwide appeal. We think a motion picture is the perfect fit. Also, our target audience ranges in age from late teens to infinity, and we’re sure you will be excited to see it in the theater. People love movies about intrigue and suspense too!
A Journey Full of More Intrigue and Suspense!
We recently signed up for Peggy McColl and Phil Goldfine’s brand new program, “Going to Hollywood.” We would love to see our book made into a film. They designed this program to teach authors how to approach the vast market of Hollywood movies. And we’re excited to be on this new journey. We know almost nothing about breaking into the film industry and the prospect of this dream becoming reality is intriguing in itself.
Read What Others are Saying about Casting Away: Adventures of a Dead Man
An amazing story
“This fascinating story will suck you and you wouldn’t be able to put the book down until the end. A wonderful paradise vacation turned into a “high profile” investigation by family members. Easy to read and it will take you on a journey to reevaluate your life choices.”
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“Two sisters. A tropical paradise.
The trip of a lifetime. Or is it?
When Wren and Mary think they see their long dead brother Ray on the seas and sands of Bora Bora, they’re shocked. Is it really him? Did he fake his death? How? Watching him in his new life is both fascinating and frustrating.
As they see Ray living his dream, Wren and Mary search for the truth. When their net closes in, Wren calls into question every life choice she’s ever made.”
Two sisters. A tropical paradise. Where our book begins in Bora Bora…
We based our book on the true events surrounding the mysterious death of a family member. Because Ray was found with no identification and with two young children, also without identification, in a location that did not belong to him, his death was deemed a “suspicious” death. My brother’s body remained at the Coroner’s Office in New York City because his wife never came to identify his body. As a result, he was cremated after the specified amount of time according to NY State Law. His ashes were then shipped off to a funeral home and he remained there for over ten months because we were not “allowed” to claim a right to his ashes.
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