Donna Ferri opens the vault of her visionary fables, novelles and other short fiction reads.
“Most people who experience my coaching think of me as ‘Donna Ferri, spiritual alchemist and coach of alchemists. So my fiction writing involves my own alchemy. In my capacity as coach as well as in my life, I’ve played many roles: seer, healer, mentor, visionary intuitive, muse, and mage. I blog here. About some of those things. On writing visionary fiction.
“When I started this site, it was with the long view of my coaching fables in mind. I hadn’t yet decided what to do with the cache of stories I’d amassed. The biggest problem was which ones to release. And how to group the short ones. I’ve got that covered now, so next I’ll update my list of eBooks for Kindle, Kobo and Nook. As well as paper versions.”
Here’s how it all started
“I have a long practice of handwriting in spiral notebooks, mostly in the predawn hours. I free-write what I remember from lucid experiences in the dream plane, when I realize I’m dreaming. The adventures are so vivid they stay for hours unless I honor them in my journal. It’s become a habit, started at first to free my mind the rest of the day. Not all my stories come from dream life, but the process of free-writing them unblocks any resistance to writing fiction.
“Any kind of writing, even lists, gratitude letters and written affirmations can spark and fuel imagination. I have almost as many notebooks on my bookshelves and in my cupboards as I do other authors’ books. Which says something if you could see how many actual books (not ebooks) I’ve collected. That I treasure, as many are out of print.
“Yet I have another spiritual practice of long tradition, too. So, just before dawn I pause my journal writing to go outside, and wait to capture the first fires of sunrise as it blazes through the trees. Then I sit for spiritual practice in that first light.”
After that, more magic happens
“Filled with the sunrise and its vital energy I return to the page, because that’s when and where journal writing becomes story magic. It all becomes clear and the story springs into form. Lives of beings, people. Of their incredible adventures. Or their ordinary life circumstances with extraordinary occurrences. All this is inside me, and not all goes on the page. That is the art and the secret of short fiction. Even longer fiction, though the longest I’ve written is a novella.”
Why the term ‘novelles’?
“It’s a collective term. Since my stories are shorter than a bona fide novel, I call my growing back-list of stories ‘novelles’. Whether flash fiction, short stories, novelettes, or novellas, the stories come to me unexpectedly. They live in my heart and mind, until I give them life on the page. And now, they really live, in publication, where they get to visit you.”
Wishing you happy reading
“May whatever stories you read lift your soul and inspire you. I trust you’ll enjoy some of mine and add one or two to your list of favorites.”
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