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Editing

A developmental editor helps writers hone their work-in-progress. For voice, heart, vision, yes!—and for style, organization, and clarity, too. Have a draft of a memoir or novel? Establishing your on-line presence? My feedback can pave the way toward your publishing and solopreneurial goals.

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Coaching

A writing coach is a literary fairy godmother. She can charm your plot or transform your writing practice! I've earned my wand helping castles-full of writers abracadabra great ideas into golden sheaves of pages. Whether you're creating book pages or web pages, I can help you, too.

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I'm Jamie

From the moment I facilitated my first writer’s group, I’ve been on a mission: to help other writers make their mark. Now, in addition to my work with fiction writers and memoirists, I also provide editing and writing services to entrepreneurs. Because your success is my success.

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News, Notes & Quotes

  • A FEW YEARS AGO, PAL PEGGY POET (AKA Peggy Miller), said, Hey! Let’s email “postcard poems” to each other every day for the month of August! And we did! And it was a blast! I am telling you, nothing lights a fire under MY creativity like a deadline—and Peggy’s invitation gave me thirty-one deadlines to meet.

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    What I didn’t know was that Peggy’s idea is a THING! Initiated in 2007 by poets Paul Nelson and Lana Ayers, the annual Poetry Postcard Fest is the poet’s answer to NaNoWriMo. A well-organized, collaborative, creative event, Poetry Postcard Fest provides both inspiration to write during the dog days of summer and a dynamic way to share your work with interested others. Register by July 27th!

  • IN ACCORDANCE WITH MY SUMMER-LY commitment to adventure, I spent a recent hour strolling a new-to-me corner of College Park. I browsed through a Little Library (and scored a copy of THE MOTH!), clambered over a fence at Guernsey Park to hang out with the minnows, and delighted in the sight of a yellow house whose front and garage doors were painted purple!

    It may not seem like much, but when I mix it up—do something out of my ordinary—my creativity sparks quicker and burns brighter. My friend Hugh Holborn knows this, too. That’s why, a few years ago, he did something similar. Well, “similar.” You see, rather than taking an hour-long jaunt through a new neighborhood, in the summer of 2010, Hugh hopped on his bicycle and pedaled every one of the 2000 miles from St. Augustine, Florida, to Taos, New Mexico.

    Hugh Holborn, who road his bike from St. Augustine, Fla., to Taos, is shown as he leaves Pascagoula, Miss.  Submitted photo

    Along the way, Hugh documented his journey—the highs, the lows, the people he met, and his thoughts on all of it. And he’s not done, yet. Nope. This September, partly inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s famous Pacific Crest Trail hike, Hugh’s walking the southern portion of the Appalachian Trail and will be posting from trail-side. You can follow Hugh’s latest adventure at Teatime on the AT.

    Now, you! Go big and bold like Hugh (and Cheryl), or micro-local, like me—but GO! Adventure will awaken your life and your writing.

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    THIS SATURDAY, JULY 18th, from 10 am-1 pm, head to Writers Atelier for Yoga + Imagination Generation! Florida-based writer Ashley Inguanta leads this nurturing, yoga-and-creative-writing session. Register with racquel@racquelhenry.com.

    CONGRATS TO DARLYN FINCH whose debut novel, SEWING HOLES, is a finalist in the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition! Catch Darlyn when she teaches a New Southern Gothic workshop at Camp Wordier Than Thou at USF St. Pete on August 9th and when she speaks about the “Twisted Road to Publication” at the Florida Heritage Book Festival at Flagler College in St. Augustine on September 25th.

    ABOUT HER NEW SITE, Charlene Edge: Writer on the Wing, Charlene says, Memoir, world travel, fundamentalism, poetry, and cults: Disparate as these may seem, they’re gathered here like a blended family overlooking the sea, reaching for lessons in the wind. Listen, as Charlene (second caller) chimes in on a radio interview with Jeff Stevenson, author of FORTNEY ROAD: Life, Death, and Deception in a Christian Cult. 

    REGISTER NOW for the 14th Annual Florida Writers Conference, October 15-18, in Altamonte Springs. Among other bonuses, this conference features an all-day session on writing realistic crime scenes! Early-bird pricing ends July 31st.

  • SINCE JUNE FIRST, EVERY EVENING, after all the rest of the world is (reasonably) quiet, I sit at my art-making table, pull the next blank index card from a pile numbered 1-61, review the ICAD prompt, and start making something.

    The brainchild of Daisy Yellow’s Tammy Garcia, ICAD, which stands for “Index Card a Day,” is a two-month challenge—complete with an awesome online community for encouragment and inspiration. The idea is simple; the practice, challenging. Starting June 1st, create something—anything!—on a 3×5″ index card, then lather, rinse, repeat—every day for 61 days. Missed the starting gun? With Tammy’s blessings, whatever day you start is your own ICAD #1. Just number 61 index cards and have at it.

    icadNot sure what to do? That’s part of the fun! Each day you face a teeny, tiny blank page. As Tammy says, Anything goes. Make flash cards to teach yourself Russian. Paint with acrylic paints. Drip india ink. Dye with espresso. Practice origami folds. Stitch. Sketch. Doodle. Stamp. Collage. Cut up, then weave the pieces back together. Write Haiku poems. Document your paint collection. Just dig in, using what you have and having fun!

    When I asked Tammy about writers participating, she said, “Writers are welcome to join the ICAD challenge; it is a creativity challenge rather than an art challenge.” carnivalSo if you don’t want to make visual art, use the daily prompts for character development, free-writing, or poem-making.

    Here’s my ICAD #2. The prompt was “carnival,” but I’d just bought a sheet of circus stamps, so I leaned a little left with my interpretation!

    Prompt: Get yourself an index card (or 61!), then visit one of the links in this post and find an image or a prompt to kick-start a teeny, tiny work of awesome.

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Jamie Morris is an outstanding resource for writers who want to reach the pinnacle of success. She’s a warm, encouraging angel on your shoulder, but she’s also got the skills, experience, and good judgment to help you vanquish your weaknesses and capitalize on your strengths. If you’re a writer with serious ambitions, work with Jamie. Elizabeth SimsYOU'VE GOT A BOOK IN YOU: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (Writers Digest)

Jamie, I owe you ten bucks, but I really owe you so much more! You’ve pushed me to uncover truth in my writing. I've learned so much about writing, so much about myself. Thanks for the opportunity. I look forward to more. —Liz Rash, memoirist

Working with Jamie Morris is a writer’s wet dream. She is incredibly professional, with a strict adherence to deadlines—and she’s got a keen eye and is full of tremendous big-picture insight and ideas. She sees the opportunities in brainstorming and works in a direction that truly meets project goals. At the end of it all, you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy after getting your authentic voice and vision in the world. Did I mention she is tons of fun, too? She brings her personality and spirit to the work, and infuses the process with joy. If you want to take your work to the next level, then call Jamie immediately. And it will be our little secret if you feel all flush with the warm glow of big dreams realized, afterward. Because, you know, you will. —Theresa Pridemore, Director, Cogflower Creative; creator, THE PORTLAND TAROT

Jamie: I am so freaking in love with you, this process, and my book! People dread asking me how I am because I tell them in nauseating detail how much I love my book and my writing coach and what we are up to! I feel like I won the lottery! Cara Gubbins, PhD, THE DOLPHINS OF HILTON HEAD (University of South Carolina Press); EVERYDAY WOMEN CREATING EXTRAORDINARY LIVES (JADA Press)

Get your happy dance on, Jamie! I got an agent!!! I'm so excited. Get ready to grace my acknowledgement page!!! You were so integral in helping me with my character arcs in FORETOLD—and with the underlying theme! Remember when we met in downtown Mount Dora? That session was so good. Our ideas totally merged, and magic happened! —Melissa Abrehamsen, FORETOLD (represented by Siobhan McBride of Serendipity Literary Agency)

Running a soul-centered business doesn’t come easy. Unless you have Jamie Morris at your side. Her business coaching is soul-to-soul. She offers resources and stories to help navigate one’s journey. Jamie’s enthusiasm and spot-on intuition enhance her talents as a writer and editor. She’s a natural cheerleader of bloggers and businesses, and a magician who performs stellar work on any written endeavor. Tabitha Dial, MFA, author, poet; Tarot and Tea Leaf Readings by Tabitha

I must report on the truly remarkable day that Jamie Morris created for LifeArt Studio, called “Your Creativity is in the Cards.” I’m tellin’ you, it was A-MAZING. Guided by Tarot expert and workshop leader, the inimitable Jamie, we each created something new, a result of the encouraging and provocative prompts she gave us. If you missed the experience with Jamie Morris, I’m really sorry. I so wish I could give that experience to all LifeArt followers. —Lezlie Laws, LifeArt Studio
 
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