Soul Writing with Janet Conner

What makes writers happy, besides working on their craft, of course, is connecting with other writers to delve into the unknown and explore one another’s minds for fresh ideas.

Add to that a team of experts and inspirational speakers and you kick up the happiness factor a notch or two.

You can imagine my reaction when in 2011, I read about Plug in for Writers, a twenty-week, eleven class tele-series inspired and led by Janet Conner, author of Writing Down Your Soul.

Janet, a nonfiction writer I had “friended” on Facebook, posted a notice about her Plug-In series on my news feed. I followed the link to her website and saw that her course was due to start in February.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to participate? I thought and then moved on to other things. Little did I know that I would end up taking the course (thanks to a scholarship from Janet) and thereby step into the “Intersection, where new and powerful spiritual practices merge with craft.”

Janet Conner

After taking Janet’s course, I sensed a deep connection between what Janet called “soul writing” and visionary fiction, though pinpointing exactly how they connected wasn’t easy to clarify or put into words.

The best way to accomplish this, I decided, was to ask Janet to join me at the VFA, where I would ask her about ways for writers to activate their inner wisdom and recognize the miraculous power of words, as she so beautifully puts it in Writing Down Your Soul and in her Plug In for Writers Course.

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Synchronicity, Meaningful Coincidences

Visionary FictionBefore I became a serious writer, my powers of observation made me about as Sherlock Holmes-like as an open secret or plastic glasses.

In other words, I was a perfect antonym for the famous detective, who took such pains to notice subtle cues and details in the people and situations around him.

I didn’t need blinders. Mine were built in.

Beyond the Five Senses

To break into writing, I had to seriously change my ways. No self-respecting reader would make it past page one of my fiction without the vibrancy and richness of detailed and realistic descriptions — a combination of imagination and careful observation.

On top of that, I chose to write Visionary Fiction, which goes a step beyond what is observed through the five senses. I’m talking fiction that incorporates telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, and ESP.

Visionary Fiction opened a new world of paying attention. I needed to receive and transmit information from the unconscious, the kind of stuff hidden below the tip of the iceberg that doesn’t surface unless the observer is in a receptive state.

So how does a Visionary Fiction writer go about tapping into the submerged?

One way is to pay attention to meaningful coincidences and pleasant surprises; in other words open up to synchronicity and serendipity.

Meaningful Coincidences and Pleasant Surprises.

In the simplest of terms, synchronicity is the experiencing of two or more events as meaningfully related.

Serendipity, on the other hand, is a pleasant surprise, such as the accidental discovery.

I can best explain by example.

Something interesting happened to me while writing down my soul, Janet Conner style.

First I asked my Inner Voice what I should call him or her. A crow cawed outside my living room door. Once. Then silence. I took this as a sign and addressed my Inner Voice … Continue reading