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Creative Writing: My Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Manhattan

Manhattan / finger of stone trying to / touch the sky. 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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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: Jan 31 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway shares his passion and enthusiasm for the wonders of words. Dan also talks about Amazon committing to drop its Most Favoured Nation (MFN) terms, an Amazon and PayPal deal, Kobo’s expansion into South Africa, the ability to read ebooks within Microsoft Edge, and traceable watermarks to combat piracy. 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, The Creative Process

How To Set A Good Creative Intention

As this recent post points out, productivity is not creativity. Productivity planners, timetables, SMART goals and the like can be too detailed and prescriptive for creatives and creativists, who also prefer to harness the the power of the subconscious mind, rather than relying too heavily on resolution and willpower. It is certainly possible to produce something using that kind of motivation, but it tends to prove more successful for smaller and more concrete tasks. The approach is too managerial, too rational, too conscious for our deepest wants. What’s missing is a tap into the vast reservoir of our imaginative and…

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Creative Writing: film poems

A New Film Poem: The Writer’s Call

I’m taking a small break from our series about mapping creative intention to bring you this film-poem about why I write. I made it using Animoto, a great tool for making book trailers, or any kind of slideshow. I’ll definitely be using it again. The music is by Kimba Arem. You can find out more about film-poetry here. I hope to make more of these, it was great fun. And I hope you enjoy. Back to the Creative Mapping series tomorrow.

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The Difference Between New Year’s Resolutions and Creative Intentions

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results,” said Einstein. Or Ben Franklin or Rita Mae Brown or a few other people depending on what Internet quote site you favor. Whoever said it was right and they were probably talking about new year’s resolutions. One wide ranging study has found that almost 90% of people break New Year’s resolutions within days or weeks. Yet research also consistently shows that those who do make resolutions are more successful in creating what they want than those who don’t. Taken together, those two statistics add up to a frightening picture of terrible creative skills….

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Haiku of the Week Features: Evening Sun

Golden path. / Evening sun on sea calling / walk this way. 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,…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: Jan 24 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway provides a little motivation to help you achieve your writing ambition in 2017. Dan also talks about Pronoun’s latest announcement that looks like good news to indie authors,  the Kindle Storyteller campaign, Smashwords $10 minimum Paypal payments now being obsolete, and Microsoft opening its own ebook store. 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

Your Monday Motivator: Kicking Off A Creative Intention Series

So, we’re more than halfway through January. How are those new year resolutions coming along? If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I’m not a big fan of relying on will-based discipline to creating what you want to create in your life. It doesn’t work too well for most of us, especially creative types. According to market researchers Opinion Research Corp., 92% of us go about our daily lives failing to create what we most want. Whether our desire is physical (as, in their study, 38% of the desires); emotional (31%), financial (34%) or, interestingly the biggest…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Trees

Here at night / you can see trees twinkling but / not the stars. 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,…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: Jan 17 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway talks about the sudden cessation of business by ebook distribution platform All Romance. Dan also talks about the Kindle milestone, Nook, crowdfunding potential, ebooks in libraries, and Digital Book World Indie Day. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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