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Can anyone write a novel?

Updated on May 28, 2016
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Nadine joined Kima Global Publishers in 2001. She loves creative writing and has written short stories about her own novel characters.


Is writing a novel a learned skill?

Yes I think that the more we read and write the better we get at it. Everybody has a story to tell, even if its their own story and if the interest is there to do so. How good a person is at their writing skill is an altogether different matter. A writer of any topic MUST have a passion for writing and for the topic's they a need to share. Then they will succeed.

The multidimensional world of literature

Having a natural ability from a young age in a particular skill is clearly an advantage. These children are born gifted, often in the fields of art, music or mathematics to name a few

In my novels one of my characters explains the reasons why a soul is born into our world with a memory of a talent. My own writing skill grew over many years of practicing, and it’s still improving all the time. The content of my novels came from personal experiences and a lot of research on esoteric and metaphysical sciences.

Books like: A course in miracles, The Keys of Enoch by J.J.Hurtak, the work of Rudolf Steiner and The Gnosis and The Law: by Tellis S. Papastavro were a great inspiration. So did fiction authors like Ayn Rand, Carlos Castaneda, Carl Sagan and Richard Bach.

Creating a cast of characters

My knowledge about shaping characters came from a background in psychology and the study of the Enneagram. The study of ancestral lineage topics has played a huge role in the shaping of my soul lineage cast of characters – The Jaarsma Clan.

My own journey towards becoming a published author was burdened with lots of obstacles. My school years were altogether a horrible experience right up to secondary and later college due to my dyslexia. The only upside was that I loved reading.

Today the world of literature as a creative editorial director of a publishing company has shifted my life to such a degree, that I often feel I’m living a life as a walk-in.

 Liesbeth / Tulanda - Character in my novels as a walk-in
Liesbeth / Tulanda - Character in my novels as a walk-in | Source
The ascension card age 5
The ascension card age 5 | Source

What is a Walk in?

The first character that came to me as a story teller was Liesbeth, who is also known as Tulanda in my later novels. She is a walk-in. ( When does the soul enter the human body?)
Her story was born in 1995 and flowed as if I was on a river raft adventure.
Why was my first character a walk-in?

When I started my attempt at creative writing, it felt as if someone else was taking control of my hands and fingers on the keyboard! Here was a woman who could not even write a short note to the schoolteacher of her children unless they wrote it first, so she could copy the text! All my life I avoided writing, instead I drew and even taught drawing skills, teaching people to draw their own portrait in eight weeks! All I did was teaching them to SEE!

A soul transference card from Annelies' ascension card game
A soul transference card from Annelies' ascension card game | Source

Author's poetic license

During the creation of Liesbeth /Tulanda I use esoteric (poetic) license in order for her character to fit into my overall subject of awakening to our ascension series.

The term Walk-in is also known in esoteric sciences as a soul transference into other people's bodies. Meaning another soul who is not yet incarnated is entering an already born human being. This only happens with both soul’s consent. (The Rosicrucians say that the human soul hovers around the human baby from the first breath until around the age of 5)
In the case of Tulanda and her partner Hans, they both took up a human child’s body at around the age of 5. In Tulanda’s journal - Parallel Worlds & Realities Tulanda shares her story by adding her own diary she had written from when she turned 16 and kept up until she meets her twin soul Hans.

The group soul lineage of the Jaarsma Clan
The group soul lineage of the Jaarsma Clan | Source

My writing skills were born due to technology

During the times that my son was at college I was allowed to play on his computer, his proudest possession. He had given me a floppy and later a stiffly disk to store my writings on. We were still operating a Dos system. I kept my creative writings very private, also because I knew that it was full of spelling and grammar errors. I was using Coral Word Perfect 5, which showed lots of red and green underlines.
For five years I plodded on shaping the roles of my nine main characters from the Jaarsma Clan.

As we lift our vibration, we’re activating a new level of our memory and mission. Just as humanity is awakening, we are all coming into a deeper expression of our true Selves regardless of how any one of us view a Soul exchange or a walk-in experience. As our souls merge, embody or exchange expressions of the angelic realm, our Higher Self comes through. Then we can truly say that we have experienced moving into a new dimension.

Liesbeth / Tulanda
Liesbeth / Tulanda

Tulanda’s website article

"Many people know me as Liesbeth, and only later when I'm about to write my own journal, do people get to know me as Tulanda. As I write this introduction, (being the creative observer of the Jaarsma Clan),it does not mean that I am constantly reacting to the knowledge that I'm just a character, like the characters in light worker journals that I've edited into novels. Often I still get swiped up in the illusion of it all. That means that my persona, 'The role player' the actor that responds to the name Liesbeth, or the role as Tulanda is very real to me.

"It's my Earth mission to translate the light worker journals, written by the people of the Jaarsma Clan, into novels, and to support Annelies in her mission to awaken the human blueprint, so the children that will populate the new earth will become citizens of the galaxy."

Why have two names?

It was my choice to play both roles, just like it was (and still is) your decision to play your role (s). Yes, we are all actors on a stage. I suggest that anyone who reads my article starts pretending to be an actor on a stage. Observe how you interact with others. Soon you will be able to partake in Annelies' decoding workbook: Your Body Codes of Light. This creative decoding game will guide you through the turbulent times we often experience. It will be your handbook into a new paradigm.

Kima Global book stand
Kima Global book stand

Can anyone become a published author?

As you the reader by now has discovered. The answer is YES! The only criteria are that you MUST have is life skills, a passion for your topic and a determination to succeed; that is if you want to write for the adult market. Writing for a younger readership uses an altogether different formula.

Today the general school curriculum in public schools, especially in South Africa is outdated when it comes to the individual needs of students. Many young children are these days almost forced into learning a skill in order to be assured of a good income. Unless parents can afford to send their children to private schools, or a Montessori school, youngsters are already doomed from a very early age by learning to conform; being brainwashed to follow rules that are not conducive to their own happiness in later years. They are groomed to become the property of the state!

I hope this article will be read by parents who have young children. In these times it’s important to encourage young people to follow their dreams, and support their passion no matter if it might not be fit in our commercial society. Humanity is moving into a new era that will follow totally different rules. The children of today will become the leaders of a world where individual integrity on all levels is more important than having wealth , intellectual knowledge or good connections!
Dishonesty, corruption and lack of empathy for others will not be tolerated in the new world.

Listen to what Gregg's in his book, Fractal Time, has to say about the New World Age.

Happy reading

Gregg Braden


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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Charito please let you son pursue what might be his passion. NEVER let him get trapped to go for the JOB trap to earn money! You had to do that yourself and that in itself is very sad. Move into our transition stage on out planet by .for now. keeping your job but go for it to write your novel. Do Never purely write for the money, just do it because it make you feel good! Doors will open for you!

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hello, Ms. Nadine. I was a full-time journalist in the late '80s till the year 2003. I enrolled in some workshops on creative writing and enjoyed them! I managed to produce a few short stories which were later on published.

      Lately, however, I haven't been writing much since I entered the corporate world in the late 2003 to earn a higher income. (You see, I'm a widow. I lost my husband to lung cancer in 2005.)

      My son is now pursuing a creative writing course in college. Lucky for him, he has already published several of his short stories in magazines and anthologies. I'm a little worried, though, about his job prospects when he graduates. You see, a writing career - at least in my country - is not financially rewarding.

      I have been dreaming to write a novel which has long been in my bucket list. I don't know if I'll ever get to accomplish it.

      Thank you so much for this hub. It gives me much encouragement.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your comment DDE.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great writing from you and writing a novel is a learning skill. Useful and informative.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi there I'm so glad to see your reply. I will have to read some more of your hubs. It still takes me a great deal of time to produce a hub. I'm amazed at some of you.

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      Peg Cole 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I like the attitude you've shared both in the article and the comments section about overcoming negative feedback on our work. It is devastating when someone slices up your work and makes it seem insignificant or wrong in some way. You've proven your talent and refined your efforts and it's paid off. I will be back to read this hub again as it is quite deep into new areas for me.

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Kim the individual who made you feel that way is probably very insecure themselves, all what they can do is dishing out negative remarks about others their work. I've come across many in my day. I had entered an artwork into a local art gallery when I was an art teacher at a college in South Africa in 1980. The next day to my distress I read a whole negative critic in our local newspaper, just on the art work I had entered. I was so ashamed. The next morning I dragged myself out of bed to go to the art collage. I was called into the principal's office and I already expected to be fired. Instead she complimented me on the large piece of writing in the art column just on my work. When I said that is was so negative, her reply was; "Oh that is just the job of the critic. The fact that he used your work to write about, instead of the 20 other participants that I see as a very positive response.” I never saw it from that angle. I was relieved but only when my artwork was sold the next day, did I fully recover. If I would have been more secure about my own work, it would not have had such a devastating effect on me at the time. Later I realized that this incident prepared me for the journey to become an author.

      My own first husband was my most negative critic about my writing ability. After five years hearing nothing but horrible remarks about my dream to become a published author, our 33 years of marriage ended up in a divorce. Two years later I met my publisher and life partner!

      I hope that my story gets you back on track writing. I will now visit your pages.

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 3 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      I used to hover in the shadows of a writing forum about 15 years ago. I knew I had a story in me and soon started writing. Finally, I took the leap and posted it. Many of the responses were full of help and encouragement and I appreciated anything offered. Until, one person went up one side of me and down the other, saying so many unkind things about me and my story, calling me nothing but a joke. I put down my pen after that and never picked it up again until I came here. Even now, I pause before I hit the publish button. I still have that story packed away in a plastic tote in the basement. I think I might get it out and revise it and dedicate it to that son-of-a-bi%ch. I'm ashamed I let him have that kind of power over me. But I decided I loved writing too much and everyone here has been so wonderful and helpful. I appreciate all my HP friends. Some of their comments have made my day!



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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for that comment. I was not born with a writing talent but I'm now making up for it. I only now spotted the /my/hub/comments page. Sorry about responding so late.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      I think writing is a talent, you can be born with, but without excercising it, and developing a skill, there is not much hope :-)

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your comment billy Today children are growing up in such a different world. I feel that there are more opportunities due to our technology like the internet with all its facets. I feel that we can't compare today's reality with the one we have been brought up in. We had no internet or computers even. All we can do is encourage whoever is reading our hubs to follow their dreams and not get lost by being to programmed, if you know what I mean.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is so important to encourage children to follow their dreams. I have serious concerns about the state of education in the dreaming allowed in today's schools...just preparation for the future, but I'm not sure any school official can describe what that future looks like.

      Here's hoping more children find the freedom to fly with the angels and realize their dreams.


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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Well thank you Reynold. I was about to close down when I spotted that I had a comment. Yes writing is indeed a "mind wrenching experience " to use your words. Is it getting better? I'm not so sure. I'm getting more and more critical about my own writing. It's never good enough. But yes, I have to persevere. So in between work I will delve into Tulanda's journal "Parallel Realities" and she will materialize, I'm sure.

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      Reynold Jay 3 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Now this HUB had a lot for me! Almost too much for me to go over every part of it. I was a teacher of special ed for three decades so everything you say about teaching--the state etc. was right on target. Like you I had art talent, however I found my true creative niche should have been WRITING!!! Here I am in my senior years discovering this wonderful gift I had all along and never knew it. Can it be learned? You Ask.

      Yep-- you understand that very well. You just get better and better as you do it.

      Each book I write I always tell myself that is the last one. It's a mind wrenching experience to write a novel. However, I get the spark of inspiration and I just gotta write another one. I suspect it is somewhat the same for you. Well done HUB.