The Author



----Lynette Landing----

—-Lynette Landing—-

Getting naked takes courage.

Vulnerability may be excruciating but it inspires others to be vulnerable as well. Throughout my “Dark Night of the Soul” which lasted approximately 3 years, I found it incredibly helpful to read about others who had gone through similar hardships (mainly facing their own shadows as I was being required to do). In reading their stories, I felt the tugging on my heart to share my own – to get naked, transparent, vulnerable. It takes courage, as you, my reader, may already know for yourself.

This blog is my truth in stages. I wrote what I felt during each stage of transition in facing my shadows. (My personal favorite post discusses the difference between naked and nude – you can read it here) It wasn’t until the sun came out and put an end to my dark night that I realized what the transformation was all about. I am no longer the woman who wrote these blogs. I am a new version of her as my journey continues to take on new twists and turns.

I hope you will gain the courage to go through your own dark night by reading some of my posts and that you too will face your shadows with all the courage you can muster! Get bare naked with yourself and with the world! Some day you too will bask in the warmth of the sun on your naked skin and smile at the sweetness that results from having experienced bitterness.


In addition to “baring it all” in this blog post, I write fiction and am working on a novel currently. I also provide leadership training to organizations and corporations (Johnny Supervisor).

When I’m not working, I’m hiking, cycling, or talking to trees, flowers, and rocks. There is so much beauty in this world; Mother Nature has been my #1 cheerleader during the “dark times”. (I love you Mother Nature!)




7 thoughts on “The Author

  1. Shelton McBride

    Do you really believe one can be totally uninhibited without drugs or alcohol? Can express himself without withholding some fear, thought, assumption, or assertion?

  2. The more I think about bearing the soul I do not see that as a writer’s task or goal unless we are talking about memoirs. Does a fiction writer bare his soul? Maybe a writer circuitously allows someone into the inner sanctum through his main character, or the villain, or both.
    I find if I am not intimidated by the good and bad in my life, to stand naked on Main Street means nothing. If you can make peace with what you did growing up, unfretted by the religious teachings of people who don’t know more than you, or what spiritual principals you already know to be true in your heart, and you know this to be true without a teacher. You were born with the truth, so remove the nonsense about what you learned, then we breathe away some feelings while breathing in others. If through breathing, or some technique, you control your emotions and how you respond, then to be bare naked is only another experience of life successfully lived and enjoyed.

    • Mike, great observation! My reply may be long b/c there’s no easy answer to this. I started this blog when I was sure I was a non-fiction writer and only non-fiction. I was also a trainer of communication skills and I’d instill the need for company owners to be vulnerable with their employees, especially executives, in order to promote healthy succession. Over a year ago, I began writing fiction for the first time and it has been a wild ride of tears, pulling hair out, and coming within inches of giving up on it and deleting all 26 chapters I’d written (at that point) all because I wasn’t naked with myself. This book process is only one aspect of a ‘dark night of the soul’ that I find myself in, (and have been in for almost 3 years even if I was in denial). The dark night of the soul requires complete surrender to the fears, the shadow, the parts of us we hide from everyone b/c we thought those parts were ugly or unacceptable. In facing those parts of me, I entered hell. I died to my old self and I’m actually still in limbo trying not to think about the future, trying to learn to live in the moment and practicing surrender on a moment to moment basis. I have come to belief a professional writer has to enter hell (whether they are writing fiction or non-fiction) in order to really be a “professional writer”. The novel I’m writing has some dark themes in it, so maybe in order to sound authentic, I needed to tap those dark places in myself. It is no picnic, but it’s what I signed up for, so I am doing my best not to fight the process anymore. Thanks for making such a great point – in responding to you, I just learned something about myself! – Lynette

    • Ohhh, and one more thing – it took me to get real with myself (get vulnerable, get bare naked, visit the dark places, stop running from the parts of me that others have judged and ultimately had me hating about myself) for the characters in my book to ALLOW me to write about them! Do you get what I’m saying? It’s like I’m creating the characters, but THEY are telling ME whether I’m ready to develop them or not. The one character is going through some deep shit and I couldn’t write about it for the longest time, not because it was sad, but because the character was holding a flat hand in my face and saying, “no dude, you have no idea how to explain my pain b/c you haven’t faced your own yet”. (Mike, I think THIS is the real reason many writers throw in the towel).

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