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Alva v.H: About My Writing Process

August 10th, 2016

I have started as a part time writer only to very quickly discover there is no such thing, at least not for me. As with all creative enterprises once the creative process has taken on there is actually no time factor in this equation. It is an ongoing process to the point that even when I do not literally sit at my desk, the book so to say, continues to write itself in my head at all times. Which depending on the situation, leads to having to taking notes sometimes in the oddest of circumstances.

Inspiration is everywhere, at all times and it finds its way to us, at times when we least expect it. With that in mind, Prior to the actual act of writing, I take some time to indulge in the preparation & research phase during which I usually fill as many handwritten pages in my scrapbook as possible with my thoughts, emotions and ideas, as well as some drawings.

During that time, I also concentrate on meditating every day and staying in this meditative stance as long as I write the book as to enhance the creative process. It is time consuming and also requires some discipline but I love it and enjoy every single moment of it. However, once I start on my writing I let it take over so to speak, instead of relying on a rigid scheme or plan.

I also mention it in my book in reference to the creative process as experiencing what is known as 'Divine Dictation'.Inspiration is everywhere, at all times and it finds its way to us, at times when we least expect it. With that in mind, Prior to the actual act of writing, I take some time to indulge in the preparation & research phase during which I usually fill as many handwritten pages in my scrapbook as possible with my thoughts, emotions and ideas, as well as some drawings. During that time, I also concentrate on meditating every day and staying in this meditative stance as long as I write the book as to enhance the creative process.

It is time consuming and also requires some discipline but I love it and enjoy every single moment of it. However, once I start on my writing I let it take over so to speak, instead of relying on a rigid scheme or plan. I also mention it in my book in reference to the creative process as experiencing what is known as 'Divine Dictation'.

THE GLAD GAME REVISITED series a trilogy which represents the sum of my personal spiritual journey for many years now, has been patiently waiting to be put on paper and published, is now finally out and with it another dream come true for me. This series is actually my debut as a self-published Indie Author and I am enjoying this new found independence immensely.

My spiritual path & my creative writing, have always been part of my life and as such intertwined since I can remember myself. In essence I have always been both creative in different fields of the arts as well as on a personal spiritual path continuously.

My spiritually creative or creative spirituality journey started very early on in my life. I can literally remember special experiences related to this path already as a 9-year-old. At that time however, Pollyanna still did not symbolically represent all of which I talk about in the Book series THE GLAD GAME REVISITED.

At that early age she was a figure I secretly loved to hate in a sense, and only later along my journey did she make her very impressive comeback. My books came to life initially as an attempt to put in order piles upon piles of writings I have gathered through the years these notebooks filled with years of my research along with documentations of my personal experiences were waiting for the right moment I suppose.

The moment came about a year ago. Sometime during this reconstruction work I came across an old book which was one among my favourite reading repertoire as a young girl 'Pollyanna' and right there and then I was privileged to experience what is known as an epiphany moment. Standing there in the cellar of my home with this book in my hands I realized how close and wonderfully simple the whole of it is. From that moment on, my book started writing itself in a way. I was just typing the words and basking in bliss with every new page.

Reflecting upon the message and the means with which I received it I am constantly reminded of Santiago the protagonist in Paolo Coelho's 'The Alchemist' who discovers that the answer to his question had been actually nearer than originally believed - which is in essence the reason for his decision to set on a journey in the first place - and then again without the journey he may have not recognized the answer in its full true sense.

SOURCES OF INSPIRATION There are so many wonderful writers who accompanied me throughout the different phases of my life and have provided me solace as well as inspiration when I most needed it.

My books are in a way my best friends and have always been there for me as long as I can remember myself through & through they are as such an inseparable part of my journey.

Among those which influenced me most as a young girl are: Lev Tolstoy, Jane Austin, Louisa-May Alcott, Romain Gary, Henry James and Ann & Charlotte Bronte. Later on as I was growing up I fell in love with: Oscar wild, Virginia Woolf, Max Frisch, George Sand & The poet Tennyson to name but just a few. I have kept all original books and still in reasonably good shape too (at least most of them) considering the fact that they have been traveling with me all over the world for decades now (Yes, I have always travelled with my books when a longer stay was planned Today, however thanks to Kindle I have all the digital versions of my favourites for that purpose as well)so that I can still enjoy them from time to time.

Each and every one of them carries so many emotional memories with it and just holding them in my hands for a few moments or reading a small passage in them is always very rewarding.

About Alva v.H

A well-travelled cat, proficient in 4 languages and an avid art lover & nature admirer, who doesn't really enjoy crowds, and would rather cuddle with a loved one in front of a fireplace instead of going out to a party. A true romantic, sunsets make her tear and full moons make her dance. Drawn to everything which is aesthetically inclined, art & design expressions are literally food for her soul. Riding or just taking a walk in the meadow right after it has rained is a celebration of the senses she just adores, anytime, anywhere. In her spare time, she practices Yoga, meditates, tries on new sorts of Praline creations, polishes on her watercolour skills and swings, which gently throws her back into alignment with the little girl in her putting an instant 'sunshine smile' on her face!

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