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I’m the author of How to create Anything and a few other books.

This blog is a scrapbook of stuff I’m creating under the headings

Creative Writing.Creative Publishing.Creative Living.

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Creative Writing: Poems By Me

Haiku on Instagram

It’s my daily hobby to play with a form of poetry called haiku, as a way of fostering creative presence in the moment. And lately I’ve started posting them on Instagram with a photograph of that moment. Haiku is an act of transcription. Here are a few recent ones: Park walking. The time of bluebells, my hand in your hand. ~ Night pressing the window. Our neighbour’s tree waits for light. ~ Daughter’s dress has mirror circles. Sequins of myself. ~ Now your turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 haiku. Use the thirteen syllables to give…

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Each month Joanna Penn and I host a self-publishing Q&A live on Google Hangout, which is also available afterwards as a YouTube video and iTunes podcast. This month people want to know … How to go about the logistics of selling in different markets Splitting stories into self-contained series Paid-for advertising How to find bloggers for self-marketing purposes If you’re an ALLi member, there’s still time to submit a question: Click here to submit your questions Click this link to join the Ask ALLi Google+ Hangout Event and watch it live Date: 28th June 2016 Global Dates and Times: Time: 12noon PST…

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Why I Love Pride

I marched with London Pride yesterday. It seemed necessary, after Orlando and Brexit. I love how the LGBT+ community stands up for the basic human rights it has had to insist on, still has to insist on. That they don’t do it with a war, a fight, or even an argument — but with a party. Fierce and Fabulous For the community, Pride is a dress up and dance day that celebrates the wild, the weird, the edgy, the playful, the creative, the colorful and yes, the sexual. Onlookers can misunderstand. Because it’s a party, we might make the mistake of thinking it’s trivial. We might not get that this community…

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Dropped into Tom Evans’s The Zone Show today to talk about the creative process, creativism, going creative, the upcoming creativist club and how to create what you want. There’s also a reading of a poem — Yoo Hoo! — which I’ll publish on the blog next time. Always great to talk to Tom, who has such a deep understanding of the creative process himself. There may be an ad at the beginning (from Tom’s host) that you can ignore … just start a couples of minutes in. And while you’re there, do check out all the wonderful interviews and information in The Zone.

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The work is continuing in the background, building the Creativist Club for all those who are interested in learning more about how to apply the creative process to everything in life: money, friends, work, home. With the aid of the wonderful Pixbee Design, the Club will launch in September and the first fifty people to register will get free lifetime admission. I’ll be sending an email to subscribers as soon as it’s ready to rock,  so if you’d like to be part of it, sign up here to know when the starting gun has been fired. I also wanted to…

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How We See Determines What We See: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Is This Week’s Go Creative! Guest

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. “It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. “I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or dehumanized. “If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they…

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You might have noticed a new look around here and that you haven’t had your newsletter for a while. I’m working with the wonderful Pixbee Design to: upgrade the website design put in the Creativist Club we’ve talked about for so long set up a weekly Go Creative! podcast introduce a new weekly motivator mail-out to be sent each Sunday (starting in July), for those who are pursuing the principles and practices outlined in the Go Creative! books. I’m going to be working on this with Nelly from Pixbee and the ever-wonderful Roving Jay over the summer, ready to launch the podcast and club…

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Going creative is a choice that the conventional world doesn’t want you to make. Convention prefers you to play safe, to avoid adventure and opiate yourself with TV, pornified sex, cheap romance and mindless consumerism. Included in that conventional world is your own “con-mind state”, your own conventional intelligence. You may well prefer wanting and wishing to working and making. Lots of people do. The creative process is powerful and that means it can be powerfully disruptive. While the process is always moving us towards happiness and freedom, it is also always challenging our assumptions and attitudes and calling for change….

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Love hurts, they say. I say, no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Lust festers, envy bites. Loss skewers, rejection spikes. Passion burns, craving seethes. Romance dazzles, lonesome bleeds. Well yes, indeed. But none of the above is love. Love helps, love lights. Love warms, love rights. Love soothes, love feeds. Love calms, love heals. Oh yes, what will heal the sting of pain, and make your life feel good again, (again, again, and yet again), is love. Love hurts, they say. I say no way. The only thing that never hurts is love. Poetry Pamphlets (Volume…

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