30 DAYS TO BECOMING UNSTUCKStart your new year with some positive creative change. We all get stuck from time to time. And sometimes we need a little help to get going again. This course is right for you if you’re ready to break the cycle and move forward with clarity and purpose.
Feel Like Turning over a New Leaf?A lot of people do. Maybe especially these days.
Is It Time for a Change? Are You Ready?Do you want to do everything you can to encourage strength, kindness, and positive initiatives? For writers, that means getting more effective at drafting, editing, and completing new work. Getting it out there. Here's a thought. An invitation, actually:
Overcome any stuckness around your writing projects that may be keeping you from moving ahead with your work.
Just In Time For The New YearChenille Books is happy to announce a month-long course for writers - and it's all about making the deep changes to your writing practice. Changes that take effect and stay with you. We're calling it 30 Days to Becoming Unstuck. If that sounds familiar, it's because the course is related to A M Carley's book, FLOAT • Becoming Unstuck for Writers.
30 Days to Becoming Unstuck
- We start on Monday, 2 January. (After taking the day off for New Year's Day.)
- Three times each week in January, you'll hear from us by email.
- You'll receive projects to work on, and links to additional materials.
- You'll get audios, writing prompts, new FLOAT tools, and more.
- You'll also get individual email feedback.
- And if you're one of the first five people to register for the course, you'll get a one-on-one coaching call with Anne Carley, the author of FLOAT, to explore your own personal challenges with stuckness.
What does all this cost?For January 2017 only, 30 Days to Becoming Unstuck is free with your purchase of a paperback copy of FLOAT. (It's available at Amazon and other fine booksellers.) Register for the course and reserve your spot. The course will not be repeated at this price. Only a limited number of seats are available, so secure yours now. First come first served. Please fill in the reservation form on this page to save your spot. You'll hear back from us soon with confirmation and details. Commit to a bright new year for you and your creative work.
Anne hears order and sees solutions in a jumble of ideas and half-thoughts–which is always how my most important meanderings emerge.”
It is a challenge to write and produce work that stands up to the critics! Yet, the folks at Chenille Books provide assistance and feedback at every stage of a project. From editing to self-publishing, you will find Chenille Books to be helpful. If there are two aspects of collaboration that stand out, I would pick out the coaching and the quality assurance. The coaching helps you in the creative process of becoming a better writer. The quality assurance protects your image and reputation by turning out beautiful content!”
Anne is one of those special people who can hear the unspoken things we say when we’re exploring our career, project, or personal journeys. She is able to reflect back to me wisdom I didn’t know I had, along with hard-earned but gently delivered wisdom of her own.”
In one brief consultation, Anne shifted my perspective on self-publishing, helping me to understand it as a valuable tool for advocacy and outreach. She began by asking me a deceptively simple, exceptionally useful question: “What
do you want to do with this book?” —Christina Wulf, author, Hear All The Bells
I clearly see your role during this critical period of Platform Building. There is so much to consider in terms of timing, and we know your support will be invaluable to a successful launch. Can’t wait to continue!”
I would describe Anne as a compassionate, understanding, able, unassuming yet highly intelligent lady who is also an excellent teacher. Anne of Chenille Books took me from a place of frustration and despair to where I wanted to be. Now that I am there I can rest assured, knowing that I can always call Anne to help me with future problems as they arise.”
Many, many thanks for the careful reading, the line edits and all the notes. I appreciate the time and diplomacy this work requires.”
I am having more fun and looking forward to the finished products.”
Just looked at your suggestions – YES! It’s just what I needed! Perfect! Thank you… Thank you… Thank you… “
Her advice doesn’t seem like the typical “do this, do that,” advice because Anne’s approach is subtle and full of insight. I sense her deep respect both for where I am–now–and where I have the potential to be, and that allows me to “be here now” but also to dream big.”
Heartfelt thanks to a terrific editor and planner!!”
Anne Carley rocks!! … excellent services, delivered with insight, clarity, and encouragement.”
Thanks for being my rock!”
You keep me accountable when there are other demands on my time.”
Anne Carley, of Chenille Books, has provided the wisdom, experience, and roadmap to move a manuscript into published book form. I am sincerely grateful and in awe of her kind guidance and phenomenal expertise and know that she is a quiet jewel in this arena.”
Anne M Carley is the unsung hero of this project. In one year she has become a trusted coach, ally to the cause, and right hand to the book in every regard. Her support and know-how also helped subdue the forces of anti-nature so that I could realize this franchise. Her assistance to me as a client has been immeasurable.”
Now I believe in angels! I AM SO EXCITED!”
Anne Carley at Chenille Books was an excellent coach who helped me unpack my reading, writing, and research into an entire presentation for a conference. If you need help in getting from “A to B” as a writer, researcher, or for your personal passion project, Anne is not only exceptionally skilled at helping clients go from inception to a final, finished product; but she is also highly efficient and charmingly personable to work with along the way! She particularly helped me in the “ideas stages” when my divergent thinking propensities needed someone to hone in on the essential questions.”
If you’re an aspiring or published author with a manuscript languishing on the back burner, like I was, Anne Carley at Chenille Books is your go-to. She will light a fire under you and come up with realistic deadlines and a workflow that is organized and doable.”
I would highly recommend Anne Carley without exception in a heartbeat. She will extend to your work all the respect, and professional, straight ahead, no-nonsense advice that it deserves. Anne will get you where you need to go, and she does it with the utmost of care, concern, and a supportive smile.”
Pay attention to what they tell you to forget.
~ Muriel Ruckeyser
A wealth you cannot imagine
flows through you.
Do not consider what strangers say.
Be secluded in your secret heart-house,
that bowl of silence.”
~ Jalaluddin Rumi
Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.
~ Lorraine Hansberry
To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves–there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.
~ Joan Didion
[Singing, performing, and song-writing] is almost like a survival instinct; it’s that primitive. If I ignore my work… it starts taking its toll in a very physical and mental way.
~ Roseanne Cash
I have the feeling that I don’t write my books, that the story is somewhere floating. My job is to be quiet, to be silent and alone, and ready to tune in to those voices and write the story.
~ Isabel Allende
To write is to descend, to excavate, to go underground.
~ Anais Nin
Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.
~ Isabel Allende
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
~ Oscar Wilde
Even just five minutes outdoors during the working day can give your whole system a break, and refresh your brain.“
Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.”
~ Flannery O’Connor
A word is dead
When it is said,
I say it just
Begins to live
~ Emily Dickinson
If a mind is just a few pounds of blood, urea, and electricity, how does it manage to contemplate itself, worry about its soul, do time-and-motion studies, admire the shy hooves of a goat, know that it will die, enjoy all the grand and lesser mayhems of the heart?
~ Diane Ackerman
What the caterpillar calls the end, the rest of the world calls a butterfly.”
~ Lao Tzu in the Tao de Ching
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”
~ Anaïs Nin
Writing does not exclude the full life. It demands it.
~ Katherine Anne Porter
Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
~ Mark Twain
Courage is relaxed by delay.”
~ Aldrude, 12th Century Italian countess of Bertinoro and warrior
Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless how it turns out.”
~ Vaclav Havel
I empathize if [a writer is] looking for some sign that you have talent or that you’ll eventually make it. It’s especially tough to continue to do something when you receive no recognition or encouragement for it. But what I find is that most reassurances, while offering a boost to a writer’s ego, are ultimately external, fleeting, and momentary. You need an essential fire inside, or an attitude, that carries you the distance.
~ Jane Friedman