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  • Her Secret Rose: My next novel

    The Irish Nobel-Laureate poet Willie Yeats was 23 years old in 1889, when Maud Gonne came calling to his house and, as he later put it, “the troubling” of his life began. Six feet tall, auburn-haired, elegantly beautiful and passionately political, this British heiress turned Irish revolutionary was the muse Wille had been seeking. He …

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  • Be More Creative With Worldly Experiences

    How multiculturalism and creativity connect.

    Travel broadens the mind, this much we know. What’s now becoming evident is that, with an open mind in place, exposure to other cultures also deepens our creative capacity: inspiration, motivation, and drive. Professor Angela Leung from the Singapore Management University exposed a group of her students (through a series of pictures) to one of three conditions: …

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  • How To Be More Creative #4: Meditate

    Artists and writers on meditation

    Meditation makes you more creative. That’s the conclusion of a number of scientific studies, including this detailed look at which precise kinds of meditation foster creativity and creativism. But writers and artists have long known this. Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the …

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  • Ethical Author: Big Idea for Futurebook Conference

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    One of my favourite conferences of the year is Futurebook and one of my favourite sessions there last year was The Big Ideas Panel, where each speaker gets five minutes to pitch to the delegates some way in which the industry might improve itself. So I’m honoured to have been invited to pitch an idea to the assembled mass of publishing folk this …

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  • Be More Creative: Get Exercising

    Steps to Creativity

    Albert Einstein said of the theory of relativity, “I thought of it while riding my bicycle.” Ralph Waldo Emerson said of Thoreau: “The length of his walk uniformly made the length of his writing. If shut up in the house, he did not write at all.” Christopher Bergland, endurance athlete, author and political activist. says …

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  • Susan Pollexfen Yeats: In Search of WB Yeats’s Mother

    The more I circle the life and work of WB Yeats, the more I’m drawn to wondering about his mother, Susan Yeats, nee Pollexfen. In trying to understand her influence, at first I felt hampered by how little we know about her. As I read through the letters and biographies about the glittering people who surrounded her, …

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  • Be More Creative Guest. This week… Osho on Instrinsic Value

    Be More Creative With Osho

    “Have you seen Paras cleaning this floor of Chuang Tzu auditorium? Then you will know: cleaning can become creative. “With what love! Almost singing and dancing inside. “If you clean the floor with such love, you have done an invisible painting. You lived that moment in such delight that it has given you some inner …

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  • Are People With ADHD More Creative?

    Common links between the creative brain and ADHD

    In Creativity is Forever, Gary Davis listed 22 characteristics that were most commonly found in creative people, some positive (curiosity, independent, risk-taking, high energy, emotional) and some negative (impulsive, hyperactive, argumentative). He found that many of these traits were shared by those with ADHD, (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,) a common condition affecting as many as 3% of children and …

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  • How to Use Kindle Public Notes

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    One of Amazon Kindle’s least known features allows you to peek over the reader’s shoulder, to follow people of interest to you and see their Public Notes on what they’re reading. And once you enable Kindle Public Notes for a particular book, then any of your followers can see the highlights and notes you make, as …

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  • Be More Creative Guest. This week… Galway Kinnell on Being The Flames

    Galway Kinnell Death

    I see Galway Kinnell has died, aged 87, from leukaemia. He was one of the first poets I met outside my schooling who really spoke to me. Socially-engaged, always, Kinnell was one of that great generation of American civil rights and anti-war activists, now passing. He and Adrienne Rich were two such, who profoundly affected …

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About Me



I'm an author-publisher, a blogger and a creativist (one who aims to apply the creative process to everything in life).

I write every morning and I run the Alliance of Independent Authors.

Some of my books have been bestsellers and last year The Bookseller Magazine said I was "one of the 100 most influential people in publishing". How did that happen?

Thank you, O creative process!

Are you a life-skills teacher, coach, therapist, or facilitator? Would you like to learn how to teach the creativist approach? Email me through the contact form to find out more.

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