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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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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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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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“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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How To Set A Good Creative Intention

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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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Your Monday Motivator: Kicking Off A Creative Intention Series

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Letting Go An extract from Creativist Compendium Conscious Creation is not about working relentlessly hard to meet goals. Though effort is needed, it’s not the conventional effort of striving, stress, or strain, and intentional rest is very much part of the process. This extract from Inspiration Medi- tation, introduces the concept of such intentional rest. Creative rest is not time off from the creative process: it is the creative process. Every productive writer and artist talks about how the best ideas, the ones with most depth, resonance and coherence, surface during downtime. “When I am… completely myself, entirely alone and…

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