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Unique Promotion for Authors
11/1/2008 9:32:49 AM

Zen approach to getting published.
Hello Mutual Writers,

This is the first of many "newsletters" I shall be sending
out to you. Please bear with me until I get this in
"newsletter" form.

"The Zen of Writing and Filmmaking" newsletter will contain articles,
blogs and other information relating to writing and filmmaking. It
will be based on thirty-eight years of writing and filmmaking
experience. It shall range from writing a sentence to producing
a major motion picture.

For information on me, the author of "The Zen of Writing and
please go to Another web site
which bears information on the my award-winning film
project is at

Questions, comments, and/or suggestions are always
welcome. My door is open to you.

We are one.

Best Regards,

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any
good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats. "
– Howard Aiken

“Unique Promotion for Authors”

Donald L. Vasicek
Olympus Films+, LLC

What is passion? Merriam Webster in part defines passion as, “…the
emotions as distinguished from reason…” By tapping into your passion,
you will be able to write as you’ve never written before. And this,
in turn, will work as a subliminal approach to promoting yourself and
your writing.

Before you write one word, look deeply inside of yourself when an
idea comes to mind about which you would like to write. You must use
the who, what, where, when and why journalistic approach to identify
that which is deep inside of yourself and relate it to the idea that
has come to mind you want to write about. By utilizing this approach,
you can identify your passion and write with ruthless abandon.

So, ask the questions.

What caused the idea to come to mind? Perhaps you saw a child
weeping. She was holding her finger. It was bleeding. You wanted to
reach out to her, but you were a stranger and her parents were there.
You still wanted to help her with her fear and pain. Why?

You were inspired to write a short story about what you saw. Why? The
inspiration came from deep within the wells of your heart and mind as
you remembered when you got hurt when you were a kid and no one came
to help you. This inspiration is your passion for helping children in
need now because no one was there when you were a kid and needed help.

Identify when it happened. What were you doing? What caused you to
get hurt? Why were you alone? Where were you? Why did you get hurt?

You get the picture.

This unique approach should also guide you to the use of your five
senses. What did you taste at the time you were hurt? What did you
see? What kind of sound or sounds were present? How did you feel
(emotionally)? What were you touching? How did it feel? By using the
five senses, it will help place you back in time so that you are able
to more realistically write the story.

This approach results in passion and will enable you to write from
your heart (emotion) and mind (reason), together. The power of
combining your mind (reason) and heart(emotion) instead relying on
one or the other, will bring out the essence of what you are writing
about. This, in turn, will draw readers to you and your writing.

Donald L. Vasicek
Olympus Films+, LLC
Writing, Filmmaking, Consulting

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