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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: Feb 21 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway talks about Phillip Pulman’s new trilogy. Dan also talks about the one thing Neil Gaiman would do differently if starting out now, how Facebook has changed communication, the release of over 375,000 images under Creative Commons No Rights Reserved  License, and Kindle’s Storyteller competition. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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Creative Living: Monday Motivator

Monday Motivator: What Are You Creating This Week?

Download your weekly Go Creative Maps here Scroll down to find your weekly creative work map, together with creative rest and creative play maps too. This week I’m on the finishing stretch for How To Create Anything which is going to my new editor at the end of the month. I’ll also be creating some fun time in my favorite American city, San Francisco. The conference is now over and it’s time for a day or two’s relaxation. (Here’s a post about why I just love this city) I’m hooking up with Roving Jay too. She’s in LA these months and has travelled up to SF so…

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Creative Living: Go Creative! Show

How To Turn Failure Into Creative Failure: The Go Creative! Show Episode 13

“Try, fail, try again, fail better.” Samuel Beckett’s advice is the topic of today’s show. Yes we all fail but it’s what we do with the fail that counts. In this week’s show, I share two of my recent “fails” – each of which warranted a different response – and how I dealt with them. And look at how to turn our response to failure away from doubt or despair to making it work as part of the process. And we also have Sondra, Creativist Club Studio Moderator, dropping by to get some more answers to your questions about the…

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Walk Up To Episode 13 of The Go! Creative Show: How To Turn Failure Into Creative Failure

Ever failed? Yeah, me too. Everyone who’s ever created anything meaningful will tell you that failure is totally part of the process. Our aim as creativists is not to eradicate failure but to harness it, to use it to fuel the next step of our inexorable, non-negotiable, not-gonna-let-this-derail-me progress towards creating what we truly want. This means treating failure as a mirror, a feedback system. In this week’s Go Creative! Show I’ll be talking about two recent fails of mine, one everyday, one that felt rather epic. And exploring how they differ — and should be treated differently. All failure is…

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Creative Writing: My Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Morning Moon

Through window / and branches the light of a / morning moon. . Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in…

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Creative Writing: Events & Courses, F-R-E-E Writing

F-r-e-e-writing For Writers: Write faster, Write better and Love Writing more

F-r-e-e-writing has kept me healthy and happy for three decades. Without it, I’d probably be in a twelve-step program by now or locked away somewhere, to protect family and friends. The side of me that likes to snivel and snark, distress and despair, would have leaked into my life much more had I not safely siphoned it off onto the page. To me, f-r-e-e-writing is the best tool in a conscious creator’s toolkit and that of course goes for writers too. Writing fast, raw and exact-and-easy is the key to writing free. I love to pass it on whenever I can. F-r-e-e-writing…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: Feb 14 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway gets topical. Dan also talks about the contrasting state of affairs of two author’s, the closure of a couple of romance platforms – not the best Valentine’s for either of them – the latest Draft 2 Digital and Pronoun announcements, and library curation. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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Creative Writing: My Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Dance

In the park / Most people ignoring a / dancing girl. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time, is…

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Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: Feb 7 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway reflects on the difficulties people can face and the fortunate position indie authors are actually in. Dan also talks about Google Play’s bite-sized platform, the Romantic Novelists Association’s 2017 Awards shortlist, Firefox’s latest crowdfunding campaign, Waterstones returning to profit, and our latest Watchdog update. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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Creative Living: Be More Creative

Be More Creative With Bruce Springsteen: On Keeping Creative Faith

“We’re all honorary citizens of that primal forest, and our burdens and weaknesses always remain. They are an ineradicable part of ourselves; they are our humanity. But when we bring light, the day becomes ours and their power to determine our future is diminished. This is the way it works. The trick is, you can only brighten the forest from beneath the canopy of its trees . . . from within. To bring the light, you must first make your way through the bramble-filled darkness. Safe travels!” Excerpt From: Born to Run

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