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Creative Living: Be More Creative, Excerpts

Today’s Book Extract: From The Psychology of Creative Success

The field of creative studies is enjoying a huge upsurge, with research coming to new conclusions and confirming ancient wisdoms. One finding is surfacing over and over, across a wide range of studies, including  anecdotal evidence, historical reports, the new neuroscience technologies, and our ability to map the world’s knowledge through digital archives and search engines. Creative flow is not, as we used to think, an elite state, possessed only by a few, but  a mind state that we all experience many times a day. Though writers and artists earn the appellation as a noun (“creatives”),  creative is more accurately…

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Creative Writing: Excerpts

Today’s Book Extract: How Authors Sell Publishing Rights by Orna Ross and Helen Sedwick

This is a necessarily brief introduction to something that is really, like so much in self-publishing, a learning-by-doing activity. Negotiation and pitching take practice. But once you have an understanding of the rights you own, a sense of your books and where they fit in the market and which rights you want to sell, you are ready to search out some potential rights buyers. Then to make a pitch and, if it’s successful, negotiate a deal. Yes, learning by doing. Making A Good Pitch Your pitch will vary depending on what rights you’re looking to sell and whether you are…

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Creative Living: Excerpts

Today’s Book Extract: From The Psychology Of Creative Success

Here are some quotes from well-known creatives who offer their definitions of success, and thereby offer you a window into thinking about your own definition. (For “man” in these quotes, obviously please read also woman. Oh and men, can you please stop doing that?) Below the quotes, you’ll find questions to help you to establish your own definition. For best results, f-r-e-e-write your answers to these questions. (You can find out more about f-r-e-e-writing here). “A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to…

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Creative Writing: Excerpts

This Week’s Book Extract: A Reading from Blue Mercy

In this extract, we’re taking up the story, just before Mercy’s father dies and she is arrested for the murder. At this point, she has returned to Ireland to care for him, he’s very old, he’s very ill and he’s as tyrannical as he ever was, in the days when she fled Ireland to get away from him. At this point in the novel we’re wondering, if Mercy is hiding something, we’re not sure what it is, we know her relationship with Star has deteriorated greatly and we’re wondering what that is about too but essentially we’re watching a woman…

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In Sligo for the Yeats International Summer School

I’ve gone back to school! I’m writing this from the back  of an unusual lecture hall — the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo, after a very fine lecture, “The Epiphanic Yeats” by Dr Matthew Campbell, Professor of English at the University of York. Epiphanic talk, Matt, thank you! Yes, I’m here in Sligo, Ireland, attending various lectures at the Yeats International Summer School, learning lots, making new friends and, next Monday, launching my special edition book Secret Rose at Yeats House. The summer school runs alongside the “Tread Softly” festival, a two-week extravaganza of all things Yeatsian. Highlights for me, will be: Workwise: My…

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Althea Gyles: Designer of The Secret Rose

Althea Gyles, the artist and writer who designed the cover of WB Yeats’s The Secret Rose (which I have reproduced on my special edition book), and many other masterpieces of the 1890s, has been variously described: the “genius who invented a symbolic personality for Yeats” (Warwick Gould) the “fey and slightly manic Irish artist” (Roy Foster) the “wild, red-headed Irish poet” (Jerome Reilly) the “woman who dumped Aleister Crowley” (Simon Jester) For me she was a fascinating and tragic woman (one of many such in Yeats’s circle), whose life was defined by art, the occult and the sort of self-destructive sexual behaviour and choice of men —…

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Thank You Thank You! PLUS A Little Raffle for Hardcore WB Yeats Fans

Thank you to all who supported my Crowdfunder. With your help, I made it! 103% funded as I write, on the last day, with funds still coming in. I’m overwhelmed and so very grateful for your support — and now really looking forward to making this very special book. THANK YOU! AND: As I’m finding myself with a little extra money in hand, I’d like to give some back. All those who entered the crowdfunder will now receive a copy of special print book. And if I can make a tiny bit more, I’ll have enough to also sponsor somebody to…

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In Need of Creative Mentoring?

 Stuck in a creative rut? Confused about where to start? Spinning that hamster wheel and not going anywhere? Or caught in resistance (or even self-sabotage) mode? Those who know me for my creative mentoring work know that I have a long waiting list and places come up rarely. My slate is full with people who are dedicated and determined, and I’m all theirs until they decide they’re ready to go it alone. But…. For my current crowdfunding project – Secret Rose – I am offering followers and fans the chance to jump the waiting list and enjoy either a single “How To Create Anything” session, or a package of…

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My Creativist Hero: Lady Gregory’s Persistence and Passion by Phil Mason

Creativist heroes are people who inspire us by taking a consciously creative attitude to their lives. This will be a regular series on the blog going forward. If you have a “hero” you’d like to tell the world about, drop me an email explaining exactly how they lived their life from creativist principles, in a way that has inspired your own choices. Last week, I received an invitation from long time supporter of this blog, Phil Mason, to attend the rehearsed reading of her play Lady Gregory at Pentameters Theatre. As I’m also writing about dear old Lady G, as part of my novel about WB Yeats…

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Five Reasons to Support: Secret Rose

Here are five reasons to support Secret Rose, my crowdfunding project. 1) You’ll be reviving WB Yeats as a writer of fiction.  These stories have been neglected and underestimated by the critics. In the introduction to the book, I explain why these dramatic stories of national and personal vision, that have the flavour of folklore, deserve to be resuscitated. (I believe they are as important to world literature as Grimm’s Fairy Tales).  2) You’ll be supporting an indie author’s crazy passion project.  Making a beautiful artefact like this is unbelievably expensive these days. The paper alone is hard to source and use in modern machinery. In this, Yeats 150th…

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