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Coming soonKnowing that the same elemental, dangerous energy that moves the wind also moves me, the only approach to life that makes sense to me is the creative way. And knowing that I am an advocate for this way, people often ask me: if I did ‘go creative’, what would happen? Here are some answers: • You would recognise the relationship with your own creative consciousness as the number one relationship in your life, the one that defines all the others. • You would allow yourself to observe and express the truth of your unique character and experience. • You would…

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Setting Creative Intentions For The New Year

Iit’s that time of year when people make their New Year’s resolutions. One wide ranging study found that almost 90% of people break New Year’s resolutions within days or weeks. What’s more significant is that research consistently shows that those who do make resolutions are more successful in creating what they want than those who don’t. Taken together, these statistics add up to a picture of poor creative skills, with the vast majority of people failing to create what they want through resolution. If you’re looking for a better way, you’ll find it in creative intention. So what’s the difference? Among other attributes, creative intention: ACCENTUATES THE…

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Be More Creative… This Week With Ian McEwan

Last Week: Go Creative With… Sebastian Faulks Set aside time. Also what’s useful is to have expectations laid on you that you’re going to produce the work. Many people find it extremely difficult to just drive themselves onwards. I don’t know where ideas come from – if I had a clear idea of that, I’d have more of them. I do a lot of hiking, and the rhythm of walking is very amenable to the rhythm of thinking, and that’s a good way of letting ideas begin to take on a bit of life. They just pop out of nowhere…

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Go Creative With… Sebastian Faulks

Last Week: Go Creative With… PL Travers Life is all luck, isn’t it? In the period of composition you have to be exceptionally open. Anything might feed in. The knack is knowing the difference between a disposable thought and a robust idea. You have to live in a rather vulnerable, open state, while at the same time making hard decisions. You are a like a valve that switches between active and passive all the time. This is what takes it out of you a bit. Next Week: Go Creative With… Ian McEwan

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Go Creative With… PL Travers

Last Week: Go Creative With… Patti Smith Ten Thoughts on creating from Pamela Travers, author of Mary Poppins. The Unknown — our beautiful Anglo-Saxon word, intimate, reverberant, profound, not so much to be understood as stood under while it rains upon us — that is something I could live with and, indeed, have revered, cherished, and tried to serve for many a year and day. Call it the Unknown and one can conceive of the creative process as being a next door neighbor to it. C.S Lewis, in a letter to a friend, says, “There is only one Creator and we…

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Go Creative With… Charles Dickens

Last Week: Go Creative With… Teddy Roosevelt The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.   Next Week: Go Creative With… Patti Smith

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Yeats' Ireland: Where To Visit

WB Yeats had a connection with many places across the country of Ireland, particularly the counties of Galway, Mayo and Dublin. If you’re hoping to go on a trip to visit some of the locations that are linked to his life, click the link to this Google Map for some ideas. 1) The National Library of Ireland houses an extensive collection of WB Yeats’ work. You can also view it online here. 2) Yeats immortalised the Lake Isle of Innisfree in his poetry. 3) The Yeats Society‘s headquarters are in the Yeats Memorial Building in Sligo. 4) Dublin Writers’ Museum also includes…

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What I Think Of WB Yeats: Guest Post By Marése O'Sullivan

I’ve always been intrigued by WB Yeats. As an English Literature graduate who specialised in Creative Writing, I suppose it’s only natural that his use of language inspired me. The evolution of his early poetry to late poetry, along with his distinctly visual plays, really made me consider the kind of person he must have been and, particularly, what led to his reckless evocation of love. Learning about his relationships with Maud Gonne and Iseult Gonne gave me a deeper understanding of the man and his writing. I became interested in these fiery women who dominated his life. I’ve researched…

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Countdown to Christmas: Anne Sexton's "Christmas Eve".

From now until the Sunday after Christmas, the blog’s Sunday poetry slot will be given over to a selection from Poetry for Christmas. This week, Anne Sexton’s “Christmas Eve”, takes us into the searing heart of a complex mother-daughter relationship. The Christmas story has nothing to say to daughters and that’s often a source of anger for women poets. In “Christmas Eve”, Sexton captures such daughterly anger within agonising imagery and a tightly controlled rhyme scheme and rhythm that slowly unpeels her ambivalence: your ageing daughters, each one a wife/each one talking to the family cook,/each one avoiding your portrait,/each one aping…

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Go Creative! Book Covers Are Ready

The covers for the Go Creative! series have just been finalised and sent over by wonderful Jane of JD Smith design. Take a look below and see what you think. These books have been years in the making and arise out of my time teaching Creative and Imaginative Practice at University College Dublin, from 2002 to 2007 — when I taught F-R-E-E-Writing and Inspiration Meditation and creative practices, processes and principles to women in all walks of life, from privileged postgraduates to refugees, immigrants and prisoners. From that work came a central premise that I have taught and lived from for…

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