How Steering a Boat is like Writing

I’ve had motion sickness since I was a kid. Every family vacation my mother tried to hide Dramamine in an Oreo and get me to eat it. This never worked.

Despite knowing this, my friends invited me aboard their 25-foot motor boat for a ride down the intercoastal waterway and out to Ft. Myers beach.

I loved the speed of the boat, the wind in my hair and the view of just sky and sea: Blue that goes on forever. But, when the boat slowed for my friends to fish, me no likey. It was hot. Very hot. And still. I started to sweat. I felt the motion of the boat more intensely. I tried to ignore the slapping of the stern on the water. Not so much. My head started to spin; my stomach to turn.

Even in the glare of the sun, my face was ashen. My friend squinted over her Ray bans at me, “Are you okay?”

Without waiting for my answer, her husband said, “Come over here, I’m gonna teach you to steer the boat.” I moved gingerly over to the Captain’s chair, holding on every step of the way and took the wheel. I learned how to navigate the boat, check the speed and the water depth and even see if there were fish below us. With this steady focus and determination to keep the boat on course, my queasiness was gone. And, I was psyched that I did it.

So why am I telling you this? What does driving a boat have to do with writing?

Well, for me steering the boat was a new skill. It was scary and more than a little uncomfortable. I didn’t know the first thing about where to start. You may feel like this about writing. You’d like to start a book but aren’t sure what to do. Maybe you’re overwhelmed by all the thoughts swirling in your head. The idea of creating a complete manuscript seems daunting. You may even wonder how much experience you need.

Just like navigating the boat, you don’t need any experience. Having an expert sit by your side makes all the difference. This is the same for writing. Someone who has written a book (or several) can guide and direct you to quiet the chaos in your head. An expert gives you tips, techniques and insider secrets to get you writing and keep you writing. Imagine how you’ll feel when you’ve finished a whole book. It’s possible. I know. I’ve done it.

I can help you do it too.

If you hear those inner whisperings, I can help you write your book.

Corinne L. Casazza is a best-selling author who helps heart-centered people write books. Her clients come from all walks of life – they are entrepreneurs: mediums and healers, life coaches, attorneys and others – but whatever their calling, they all write books that transform the lives of others. Corinne strongly believes that through humor and self-expression we all find our own inner light.

For more information about Corinne visit:

www.CorinneCasazza.com – web site

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The Wisdom of Uncertainty or There’s No Place Like Home

The Wisdom of Uncertainty or There’s No Place Like Home

At the start of 2011, I decided to give up my six year sojourn in the desert of Sedona and head back to Boston. It wasn’t an easy decision. I was scared and indecisive. I felt I had to give up everything I had built and known to step into the unknown; into the wisdom of uncertainty.

No one likes uncertainty. Least of all me. I am a Taurus and I like to know where I’m going, what I’m doing and even what time it will happen. I want to know my bank account is large and there’s a plot of land in my name. I like things certain.

Ok, so even though I am Taurus, I have come to realize that being stubborn is not for my highest good and this wasn’t the first time I was taking a leap of faith and stepping into the unknown.

Usually when I do this, I find a couple of things: First I really don’t have to give up everything. I just have to be willing to. Second, I find something better than I ever could have imagined. Something magical.

I remember how filled with doubt I was at the prospect of coming back to my family. Honestly, weren’t they a big part of the reason I left? I couldn’t find myself standing in the midst of their shadows. I worried that they’d expect certain things from me and that I don’t do things in the accustomed or accepted way. I worried I wouldn’t have the freedom to come and go as I pleased.

I also realized this was an opportunity to show them who I am… what the desert sand and red rock had molded me into. The desert sun had dried up some of my fears and made me stronger. After six years in the desert, I know so much more about myself. I learned who I am, what I want and what I’m capable of.

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I spent Jan through March of this year selling and giving away a lot of my furniture, books and possessions. In April I shipped what was left across the country in a truck and headed back in my VW Jetta with a dear friend who was kind enough to fly out and drive back with me and my beloved four-year-old miniature Doberman pinscher.

What I found when I got back here was completely astounding. I had a job within two weeks of arriving. In this economy? Yup. The winter weather has been unseasonably warm and the love and support of my family and friends is amazing.

I have a quiet, comfortable place to live and the blessing of working from home. No one is more shocked than me at how happy I am to be here and how things have fallen into place. When Spirit wants you somewhere, it can sure make things happen in a hurry. Best of all, my family sees who I am and appreciates me. I’ve had a great time hanging out, cooking and celebrating the holidays with them. I am so grateful to be exactly where I am – even though I thought it was the last place on earth I’d ever be! That’s the magic that happens when you step into the wisdom of uncertainty.