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I'M READING FINDING YOUR OWN NORTH STAR, by Martha Beck. As a writing coach, I've put great emphasis on publication. Now, I think I may have been following the wrong star. Of course, publication is important, but it's not the only possible positive outcome of the writer's journey. There's at least one powerful outcome that lies entirely in the writer's own hands: Completion.
What does completion look like? A first draft? A substantive revision? A self-published memoir? An ebook comprising a compilation of blog posts?
Yes, to all of that.
Some first-time writers get two-thirds of the way through the book-writing process only to shove their flash drives in a drawer. Unfortunately, along with the flash drive may go the creative satisfaction, emotional growth, and positive reinforcement that can accompany completion, however you measure it. And, of course, completing one book-length manuscript is the first step to completing a second!
The commitment to writing a book can be a north star. It becomes a goal, giving us something to aim for. When we arrive—complete the process—we are different than when we began. Likely, we are better prepared to embark on another creative venture. And whether publication is part of the deal or not, there's a lot to be said for making it all the way through to “The End.”
Woodstream Writers supports writers. We offer editing services, literary critique, book-coaching, and intermediate/advanced critique groups. In everything we do, we support writers' creativity, nurture their voices, and forward their vision.
Hello Jamie! I just wanted to let you know that one of the stories that you edited for me, "Graceland," won third place in the 2014 Seven Hills Literary Contest and will appear in the 2014 Seven Hills Review. I want to thank you for such a great edit. I am looking forward to working with you again in the near future!
"We all have something specific we are seeking in an editor. Jamie can refine your weekly blog post or newsletter in whip-smart fashion; she will polish your material to an erudite sheen. She's got a keen eye and is full of tremendous big-picture insight. Jamie is wonderful to work with and responds to feedback professionally and with grace. She is brilliant at keeping the forest in sight and will work to make sure the final product truly meets project goals. In addition, she infuses the process with joy."
—Theresa Pridemore, creator of The Portland Tarot
"Talented writers' groups, an insightful coach, and a community of writers for support: that's Woodstream in a nutshell. Whether you're an experienced writer or just starting out, I can't recommend Jamie Morris highly enough."
—Patrick Matthews, Scholastic author of Dragon Run, columnist, DaddyTales, publisher and editor, Games for Educators
"Jamie's guidance provides fuel to keep my writing moving forward. Whether I'm just beginning a new project, trying to dig my way out of a messy middle, or adding the finishing touches, her input has been invaluable. She has a unique talent—almost a sixth sense, really—that enables her to immediately understand the heart of a piece and respond with constructive, motivational critique."
—Julie Compton, St. Martin's Press novelist and author of Tell No Lies and Rescuing Olivia, as well as the recently published Tell No Lies sequel, Keep No Secrets