Welcome to Editions Abisai!

*You want to know more about the Young Authors? Read “About… the Story”

*If you want to know more about the mentoring, read “About… the Mentoring”

What are Editions Abisai?

Editions Abisai are before all a website dedicated for the promotion of writing as an expression way. We advocate the extraordinary, the magical, the mystic, and the nonconventional to tell a story, in both French and English. Most of the apprentice authors are following a mentoring course, leading them to the publishing of their book as an ebook with a webpage and the print of their book with full color cover page at the end of the course. All of the mentoring lessons are private face-to-face or via Zoom or Skype.

What Editions Abisai can do for you?

As a reader, extraordinary stories, very current contexts ranging from Science to the imaginary with colorful characters. All this to allow you to get off the beaten track, written and told, until now, by young authors.

As an author or authoress, how do you go about writing and getting out of this chewed-up area on all possible genres and leaving the ordinary while taking high literary risks? For the first time, this method becomes accessible as a formation. It is made from several videos and PDF documents to allow you to follow along and take notes, see the examples demonstrated in our videos, do simple exercises and start your epic!

But before anything, let me tell you…

This name, Abisai, as strange as it is, comes from the novel Aouma Sutra. The Abisais are important and special characters in the novel, having been one of the two races forming the mother people, our distant ancestors. This name became representative of what I wanted to create: 

– a series of books at the very least out of the ordinary with a particular writing style and a genre that goes from Science to fiction. It also brings you beyond traditional contexts, while passing by spirituality and mysticism. Moreover, they may contain a number of characters beyond the one adviced by the art of writing;

– products and trainings, formations, to help you go even further in the imagination;

– other various products which will be added as the company progress.

But, I never imagined where this trip would lead me.

Aouma Sutra, tome 1, caught more than just my attention with several hours put along all the years taken to write it. Among other things, it allowed me to discover and apply a way of writing where I wouldn’t waste my time facing a blank page. It also permitted me to easily juggle  with several characters while building particular stories and a specific way of thinking and lines about each of them. 

For an author, living in a context completely out of his comfort zone for several months, if not years, bordering on many suicidal (literary) twists, were not easy if you wanted to finish your book in a close future.

In a nutshell, Editions Abisai was born in this ambience.

From the writing of a first book…

I used different ways to write. I rewrote the first chapter of Aouma Sutra about 10 times. I finally went on, cut out, rewrote, reread, rewrote again until one day I realized I was not moving quickly, much less surely.

After cutting nearly 200 pages from the first draft, and with constructive comments from beta-readers, I decided to change my method, or rather, to drop everything I had learned about the “Art of Writing”. I had to create from scratch my own way that would match and respect my writing speed, my insatiable urge to learn, and churn out ideas as they arise or the need arose. Moreover, this method had to be very flexible while no longer allowing the horrible blank page holding back my creative impulses.

So… this method is infallible?

I would say very simple. In fact, it is more the organizational side that earns the speed of execution and the total avoidance of downtime of these horrible blank pages that were spreading over the chapters.

The flexibility is I can write wherever I want, or where I feel most to write or elaborate on a specific part or paragraph. I can start at the end, or somewhere else, without getting lost in the story.

The beauty of this method is it can easily adapts to fictional narratives as well as non-fiction manuscripts. Is this just my opinion?

I wanted to test this method thoroughly without any preparation or thoughts.

I put this method to the test: at the beginning of summer 2017, I started the writing of a new novel, “Tchial, uprooted” (“Tchial, déracinée”). I set a very reasonable deadline: 3 months from zero ideas to the completely achieved story including the cover page. I wrote more than 82,000 words.

At the same time, to add more to the dilemma, I created a course and taught to young elementary school students this method to produce their first “book”, a short story. It is useless to say they were afraid to write a simple school composition of 100 words. In about 2 months, at a rate of 1 hour lesson per week, the six students enrolled in the private course wrote and completed their first book, including the color cover page.

How old were these students? The youngest was 6 years old and wrote a short story of more than 1,500 words while the oldest, 8 years old, produced a manuscript of more than 3,000 words.

Most of these students have gone on to write several other books using the same method and have chained short stories ranging from 2,000-3,000 up to 34,000 words (at the moment of this writing). Some have applied this method in school for different projects and have “exploded” their results in literary creativity with ease of execution.

Finally, all have developed great self-confidence. I have since had other students who signed up for the course to develop creativity, writing grammar, academic essays, or business presentations.

So…

If children aged 6, 7, or even 8 years old succeeded and are proud of their manuscripts… they read them as any other novel… discovered the pleasure of reading as well as writing… they happily immerse themselves in the imaginary and been carried by a creative wind… laugh and have fun in the lessons while having extraordinary ideas…

Why couldn’t other young aspiring authors of all ages interested in writing be successful? This is a question I asked myself and which became the raison d’être of Editions Abisai.

 

Yves Béland