To write from a safe place, to nurture and to listen are the greatest lessons I can share. Storytelling starts with an idea, a perspective, a memory, an observation, an opinion and a healthy dose of imagination.
Writing, good writing begins with the most honest, painful, sincere, sensual, scary and absurd memories. Stellar writing must start from a sacred place of truth, examining both the dark and the light. Women today have much to say, so many vital, important life lessons to impart with the world. Hard fought, well earned wisdom we have struggled to own, grappling with self-doubt, trust, vulnerability and the exhaustive, forever nagging question, am I good enough? Yes, you are. You are worthy, and your stories matter. They are the jewels passed down to future feminists, young girls and visionaries. Together as a collective, empowering, badass group of women we will write whatever is in our hearts, bodies and on our minds.
Putting pen to paper is the most powerful and freeing tool we own as modern women with strong opinions. The sentence doesn’t have to be perfect, and the commas may even be misplaced. I’m okay with that, the messiness, chaos and out of the box thinking becomes great prose. Breaking the rules, while expanding the soul is the ultimate lesson in life and writing.
Jacqueline Cioffa was an international model for 17 years and celebrity makeup artist. She is a dog lover, crystal collector, and Stone Crab enthusiast. Author of the poignant soul-stirring saga, “The Vast Landscape” and “Georgia Pine,” Jacqueline’s work has also been widely featured in numerous literary magazines, and anthologies. She’s a storyteller, observer, truth teller, essayist, potty mouth, beauty enthusiast and film lover who’s traveled the world. Living with Manic Depression, she believes passionately in using her voice to advocate and inspire others. Look for her column, “Bleeding Ink” with Feminine Collective, or visit jacquelinecioffa.com.
“The magic of Cioffa’s debut novel, The Vast Landscape, ultimately shines its light on the power of the written word to illuminate the depths of human experience, and allow the spirit to soar unbound by its physical reality and limitations through its brash heroine, Harrison.” – Contemporary Artist, Julie Davidow
“Beautifully written, author Jackie Cioffa masters one of the cardinal rules of storytelling, know your characters mentally, physically, and emotionally. Cioffa nails it in this fantastic sequel to The Vast Landscape, by not only drawing the reader into the mind of the central character, but also eliciting heartfelt emotions from the reader as the lives of the characters unfold.” – Author, John Crowther“Some of my best writing ideas come when I’m outside in nature, walking, on an exercise bike, listening to music or observing my surroundings.” – Jacqueline Cioffa, Author Interview @ Indie Book Promo
Top 5 – Jacqueline Cioffa, Author– Andrea Linett, creative director/brand consultant, Author of I Want To Be Her!, The Cool Factor,and co-author of The Lucky Shopping Manual and the Lucky Guide To Mastering Any Style