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Below is my blog about my books, thoughts and advice on how to Go Creative! (see also #gocreative on Twitter) and  first glimpses of new stories and poems.

Here is also where I post advance copies, free giveaways and signed books.

Comments are invited in the GUESTBOOK.

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  1. Vera says:

    Orna, I wait each week for your posts to drop in my email. You’re an inspiration in all that you do and you’ve encouraged me to pick up my pen and try to write myself. Thank you for the gifts! ~ Vera

  2. James Navé (@JamesNave) says:

    When the wonderful poet William Stafford was often asked during interviews how he managed to write a poem a day, he would chuckle and say, “I lower my standards.” Of course it was a joke. Even so, I suspect Stafford was really saying he ignored the standards around him in favor of his own.

  3. Roberta says:

    Congratulations on your success with the books Orna, you’re an inspiration! I loved Blue Mercy. Wishing you a peaceful and abundant 2013 :)

  4. Kevin O'Kendley says:

    Congratulations Orna and thank you for your great writing. -Kevin

  5. Rose says:

    Hi, This is my first time on your site and I want to thank you for the F-R-E-E Writing articles which I enjoyed reading and plan to put into good use. I also found it very interesting about the various health conditions and general physical, mental and emotional health which can be improved by doing this type of writing.
    Thanks!

  6. Tony Cuckson says:

    Dear Orna,

    Love the writing. You are an inspiration

    Thank you so much

    Tony

  7. Paddy says:

    Very nice articles. You have a unique take on life and are what I call a real writer. I ordered your novel about Ireland from Amazon this morning and I’ll be taking it on holiday. I’ll do a review when I come back but thank you especially for your article on creative time and clock time. Thx for writing :)

  8. Phil Mason says:

    Orna, this preview of The Pilgrim Soul is magnificent, I can’t wait to read the finished work. WB Yeats has always fascinated me and although I read his autobiography I didn’t get any feel for what he might be like to know as a person but this excerpt from your book does just that.
    Kind regards and thank you for all your inspirational submissions on Facebook,

    Phil

  9. Tracey Holley says:

    creative writing – I can relate to your comments as i suffer from emotional distress and this kind of writng can be very therapeutic – good for the soul good for the compassionate self ie seeing failure as a learning opportunity. With depression there is such a disconnect – therefore to make a connection to others or even to yourself through writing your self can create the process of self validation which in itself is very healing. Thank you Orna for your enlightened and encouraging words.
    I think I have just made the connection to help get me through.

  10. Valorie Grace Hallinan says:

    I am really enjoying your series on creativity. It’s great. I look forward to reading the next installment.

  11. Roberta McDonnell says:

    Hi Orna, I just listened to your interview at The Zone, brilliant! Much enlightenment and encouragement. Especially resonated with your point about leaving the work with a thread to pick up next day, as Hemingway did. Having recently read A Moveable Feast, I had been trying to apply that principle he talks about- letting the well fill up overnight and stopping work when you still knew where it was going so you had something to start with next day. Best of luck with Blue Mercy by the way, as it moves on in its life- I read the Kindle version as soon as it came out – it bowled me over! Thanks again and best wishes . Roberta

  12. Andree says:

    Thanks Orna for this very interesting posting. But I do not agree that creative people are ‘abnormally sensitive’. To me they are normally sensitive. Being creative and sensitivity are natural human qualities. Everybody is born with it. Yeah! Look at the kids. They are extremely sensitive and creative. But unfortunately there are images and pattern of what ‘society’ is expecting. And so the kids learn to shut up, striving for ‘success’ / money, etc. and they learn to burry their sensitivity deep inside. They don’t want to be seen as losers or misfits. And I believe that’s the courageous work, creative people are doing. Whatever they do doesn’t matter, etc. painting, writing, making music. They’re working on overcoming the skilled inner resistance to unfold the natural potential of creativity and to dare being highly sensitive. What a wonderful fact that we have all these artists who inspire us to see and develop true humanity.
    Well, I guess it’s a big issue. Maybe there is even no such thing as a ‘writers block’. It could be a block of daring inner truth and listening to ones heart voice.
    I’m, sorry if this sounds a little complicated or confused in my bad English. But I don’t want to see the creative work as an extraordinary or abnormal path. It’s simply a normal and truly wonderful necessity.
    All the best wishes!
    Andree

  13. Michael Cantone says:

    When I go off on a rant that sounds perfect to me I realize there is no one there to listen. It is true what I say but I cannot seem to remember the exact words to write them down.

  14. Phil Mason says:

    Orna, I can’t wait to read these blog posts about Yeats, I’m totally fascinated by him and his life. I read his autobiography but I must confess I found parts of it hard to understand and I’m now reading a biography of his wife George.
    Thanks for this,

    Phil

  15. Phil Mason says:

    Orna, it is very interesting to read the context of these poems, When You Are Old is one of my favourite of Yeats’ poems. The piece in your last blog about Maud engaging in ritual sex with Lucien down in the vault under the chapel is the most bizarre thing I’ve read in a while. Maud was some character – can’t wait to read more,

    Phil

  16. Briane Pagel says:

    I love the Dickens quote. Saw you on Jess Bell’s site today and I’ve bookmarked this site for the future. Great writing.

  17. paul murphy says:

    Orna

    Love the posts about the Christmas poems, one of my favourites is BC:AD by U A Fanthorpe. I had not heard of it until I was asked to read it out at a service and I fell in love with it and her poetry generally

    Paul

    BC–AD
    This was the moment when Before
    Turned into After, and the future’s
    Uninvented timekeepers presented arms.
    This was the moment when nothing
    Happened. Only dull peace
    Sprawled boringly over the earth.
    This was the moment when even energetic Romans
    Could find nothing better to do
    Than counting heads in remote provinces.
    And this was the moment
    When a few farm workers and three
    Members of an obscure Persian sect
    Walked haphazard by starlight straight
    Into the kingdom of heaven.

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