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A guide should give clear directions and then get out of your way In this uniue collaboration bestselling author Dan Millman and his daughter Sierra Prasada help to orient you as you advance through five universal stages of creativity Dream Draft Develop Refine and Share Whether you’re seeking new goals the discipline to reach them a shield against self doubt and inertia or practical advice on sorting through feedback and connecting with readers — you’ll find a way forward in this fresh approach to writing and storytelling Drawing on the coauthors’ personal stories about overcoming challenges as well as sage advice from other writers artists and innovators The Creative Compass will transform both the stories you tell and the stories you live


10 thoughts on “The Creative Compass

  1. says:

    Father and daughter writers Dan Millman and Sierra Prasada have collaborated on The Creative Compass a book about the writing life Their approach is adaptable to any creative project through what they call a cycle of five universal stages Dream Draft Develop Refine and ShareTheir process was to draft chapters individually and then edit each other's work to create a single voice Some chapters are personal narratives about their own approaches to writing and how they have evolved For instance Prasada has included a chapter entitled How to Listen and Millman includes The Will to WriteThe book is set out in a linear and logical fashion although some pages of uestions at the beginning of it can lead you to answers that are especially relevant for you right nowAt first I thought that one doesn't think about the future at the Dream stage But with further reflection I realized yes that first idea does have me thinking of the finished book the marketing of it and the celebration At the Dream stage the authors say you need a sticky idea That's one that calls you on a uest and as the uest can be a challenging one it had better be an idea that sustains your enthusiasm and passionBeginning a journal is a good idea and as the authors say can channel the deluge of your life's events into a manageable and meaningful story formIt was at the Dream stage that the authors devised and fine tuned a What If for their book What if we could demystify the writing process with five universal stages to help you reach your creative goals in writing and life?The authors include uotes from many other writers throughout the book Toni Morrison John Steinbeck and Henry David Thoreau are among themAt the Draft age you form your first draft with its first lines letting you know who will tell the tale uestions will prompt writers to consider who is telling the story and whether it will be written in first second or third personAt the Develop stage you restructure and rewrite draft after draft Several uestions will help writers assess their workAt the Refine stage cut out the parts you have doubts about It's time to look for comments from early readers The authors have provided a list of specific uestions to help focus the readers' attention and help them translate their impressions into fruitful commentary An early reader could be a freelance editorAt the Share stage you as the writer should be able to summarize the dramatic core of your story by describing your book in brief That way you can approach agents editors and others as you near publication Writers may opt to self publish or approach a traditional publisher There's a chapter on the nine sale gauntlet from selling the book to yourself through to selling it to readers and even a chapter on handling rejectionMany writers received copious rejections before going on to publish and win awards The authors include Madeleine L'Engle as an example She received twenty six rejections for A Wrinkle in Time before it was published and won the Newbery Medal in 1963Sometimes beginning writers get ahead of themselves and don't realize the many steps it takes to see a book through from dreaming it to seeing it in the world The Creative Compass outlines all the stages offers practical advice and prompts to see you through and encourages readers to embrace the stories you tell and the stories you liveby Mary Ann Moorefor Story Circle Book Reviewsreviewing books by for and about women


  2. says:

    Dan Millman is the author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior and several other books on the theme of spiritual awareness His latest book The Creative Compass Writing Your Way from Inspiration to Publication is different First of all he wrote the book with Sierra Prasada his daughterThe book is for anyone who is creative and wants to take their work from the imagination out to the world Because I'm a writer I saw it clearly as a book for writers but it works in a broader sense as wellThe five stages of creative work according to Millman and his daughter are Dream Draft Develop Refine and ShareDream includes getting to know yourself and then developing your stickiest idea the idea that gathers attention and interest and asking my favorite uestion What if? The chapter ends with the interesting Dreaming on DeadlineDraft tackles some hard topics how to listen how to read writing books writing as a solitary act The chapter is compelling and the father daughter take on the topics are really usefulDevelop has some good strong practical advice sweat trumps talent never surrender allegiance to your story and the layers of learningRefine covers the ancient skill of trusting your gut word choice and word order working with an editor and knowing when that draft is finalShare helps you understand how to move your readers summarize your plot handle rejection and marketing your book It also covers self publishing pros and consNormally I give away books but I am not finished taking notes on this one yet It's a good book and if you are going to participate in NaNoWriMo National Novel Writing Month this book is worth paying forMillman takes a sacred approach to creativity It's an appealing way to think of the hard work of book writing and meaning making Prasada doesn't always agree but they work together to bring a book better than either one of them could have written alone


  3. says:

    Although this book is primarily written as a guide for fiction writers I found it to be an rather informative and inspiring guide for a purely non fiction writer such as myself Many of the sections such as Revision feedback draft and solitude were really helpful to me I'm extremely happy I gave this book a chance


  4. says:

    After reading this wonderful book I have even appreciation for some of my favorite authors and books It is truly fascinating to learn how much effort and dedication goes into creating a work of literature Sierra and Dan wrote this guide with passion and experience Truly wonderful readHighly recommend this book to writers and non writers alike


  5. says:

    The outline of steps in the writing process was helpful to me The discussions on developing and refinement were especially useful I found a bit of the book to be almost pretentious in tone though I'm just an ordinary writer of ordinary mysteries and this seemed almost mystical in nature geared towards writers of the great American novel


  6. says:

    This is one of my all time favorite writing books I have read it times than I can count It is a practical guide full of inspiration I use it as a reference book and recommend it to others often


  7. says:

    A really wonderful book about writing and creativity Actively helpful and insightful Highly recommend


  8. says:

    Subtitled “writing your way from inspiration to publication” I found The Creative Compass by father daughter authors Dan Millman and Sierra Prasada took me on uite the journey A good kind of journey but a long oneThey break the writing process and the book into five stages called dream draft develop refine and shareI'm just going to lay it out there The first part was difficult for me to get into A lot of talking about writing but it didn't feel practical It was a romantic kind of ethereal way of looking at the craftAnd so I put it asideBecause hear me out I work as a full time writer Not the author kind but the write what other people tell me to kind And I don't have TIME to dreamI'm constantly ON DEADLINESo maybe I'm jealousMaybe I can't relateWhateverMy story ideas don't come to me as gentle whispers delivered upon bird's wings My story ideas come from blood sweat and tears Hard work Lots of reading and research and LOTS of false starts Then one morning I wake upand there it is Just at the very moment I think all hope is lost There it isA few weeks was it months? later I wasn't so upset with writers who still have whimsy and I picked up where I left offAnd I Got Into itThe third and fourth sections develop and refine became PRACTICAL and there was a refreshing absence of sugar coating Thank youThis book could be for the writer who isn't exactly sure HOW to write a book Yes it's that practical It could also be for the writer who has an idealistic outlook on what writing and publishing will be like Kind of a reality check without being a jerk about itWhen it comes to writing we can develop our skills and boost our talent through thoughtful practice By continuing to write we build stamina and patience eventually exceeding our own standards to the extend that we can raise them 117By the “share” section I was all in I could now see this book directly impacting my writing life Can you believe it? And then I began putting it all together Because every idea starts with passion meets with discouragement and must be battled with persistence When writing the most important thing is to find a way to keep going despite the hard work stress lack of confidence and insecurityI spent a lot of time in the last third of the book I underlined wrote notes even wrote “Amen” beside especially good uotes “If a sentence expresses an essential idea advances plot reveals character or conveys relevant sensory detail that contributes to emotional effect or atmosphere then it's probably worth keeping If not—snip snip” Amen 175I have so much written in the margins I don't know how to lay it out here Stuff about the golden thread something about Thesus in the labyrinth how much I love the refine stage smiley faces and how I wished I could make an infographic about the nine steps of salesSee what I mean?This review was first published on my website


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    This book is a couple of years old as of this writing But I have to review it because it has been such a great help to me in working on my novel the past couple of months Dan Millman is the author of the bestselling self help book The Way of the Peaceful Warrior and many other self help books The coauthor is his daughter Sierra Prasada also a published author and editor The book is easy to read and flows very uickly from start to finish But I find myself using it as a reference I have read most of the book but I keep rereading sections as I get to a new stage in my work This is the kind of guidance I would expect from an editor And with his long experience as an author Millman knows a little about how editor's work Prasada works as an editor and brings that perspective But the voice is not that of a harsh critic telling the reader what works and what doesn't work It is a considerate coaching voice of encouragement with a concern for the creation of the best possible narrative work The analogy of the golden thread from the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur is key to the message As Theseus followed the golden thread to navigate his way through the labyrinth an author must find his or her golden thread which is what the narrative is about not necessarily the plotIf you are Millman fan you will appreciate his description of the stages he traverses from procrastination to obsession during the process of writing a book And the father daughter duo give some suggested steps to finding and honoring the golden thread that are easy to follow or modifyThis book is a great reference for authors of any kind of narrative whether fiction or nonfiction Even poetry and other forms The authors draw on the wisdom of many famous writers philosophers and others This book should be part of every author's toolkit Put it on your shelf


  10. says:

    When I began writing in 2008 all I had was a word processor and a great – no – a terrific idea for a book When I finished my first draft two years later all I thought I lacked was a publisher but when Rainbow Books accepted my novel I also inherited an editor Betty Wright was at eighty four years of age one of best writers and teachers I had ever met She schooled me in composition and under her tutelage my over five hundred page manuscript was whittled down to a tight three hundred thirteen pagesThe point is this Not every beginning writer has a master teacher to show them the ropes and that is where The Creative Compass comes in Even though I had penned three books to this point I was amazed at what I learned not only on how to write but also how to get your book published My head is still swimming – in a good way So if you are an aspiring or even a published author I most highly recommend this book While no book on writing is any match for a teacher like Betty you will find no better text to teach you the ins and outs of writing and eventual publicationGary D Conrad author of The Lhasa Trilogy Oklahoma Is Where I Live and Murder on Easter Island