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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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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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Two Mary Oliver Poems

I have two Mary Oliver poems I keep coming back to. Here’s one I sent to my daughter Treasure, who has a tendency to be hard on herself, and loves inspirational poetry. I dedicate it to her and all the women who do too much. That used to be me.  Not so much now.   Wild Geese by Mary Oliver Wild Geese by Mary Oliver You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love…

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Ingram Spark interview at the Indie Author Fringe Festival for IndieReCon

Post by Yen Ooi The last day of the London Book Fair and IndieReCon saw the exciting Indie Author Fringe Festival that was held at Foyles, London on 17th April 2015. At the event, Ingram Spark interviewed Orna about her new project, a crowdfunder for Secret Rose, a double-book replica of WB Yeats’s 1897 first edition of The Secret Rose. This project will contain that book of short stories and Orna’s novel, Her Secret Rose together, as part of #Yeats2015, celebrating the poet’s 150-year anniversary. Her Secret Rose by Orna will also be published as a standalone novel outside of the Secret Rose project,…

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I’m Crowdfunding A Very Special WB Yeats Project

I’ve just launched a Pubslush crowdfunding project, Secret Rose, as part of #Yeats2015. This year, Yeats lovers everywhere are celebrating the 150-year birth anniversary of the Nobel-laureate Irish poet, who was born on 13 June 1865. I wanted to do something special and after much thought decided what better way to pay tribute to a writer than to produce a very special book of his work, especially an aspect of his work that has been neglected? And then issue it together with a novel that tells the real-life story-behind-his-stories. Special Edition This carefully crafted, limited edition book brings two books together: Yeats’s short stores, *The Secret Rose* and my novel, *Her Secret…

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Exciting Yeats Project Planned For #Yeats2015: Her Secret Rose

I’ve been working for some years on a trilogy about the Irish poet WB Yeats — and I’ll be picking it back up shortly to finish off, (just as soon as I publish How To Create Anything and Go Creative!) I’m planning a very special edition (500 copies) of the first novel in this trilogy, Her Secret Rose, in facsimile copy of Yeats’s The Secret Rose (1897), for sale by subscription only (just as he sold his!) i.e. printed on laid paper, with pictorial boards stamped in gilt, spine lettered in gilt and the decorative dark blue cloth designed by Yeats’s…

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Creative Intelligence Versus Conventional Intelligence

Like every human who ever lived, you have two different ways of observing and experiencing your life and the events that unfurl within it. You see that picture of two white faces, which, when you look again, is actually one black candlestick? One picture, but if you shift your perspective what it represents totally changes. Our view of our world, our life and what’s going on in it is like that. We are constantly shifting between two broad perspectives: the conceptual and the creative. In the Creativist Club, we call these the con-state and the create-state. Con-State vs Create-State Con-state relies on the…

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Balancing Creative & Conceptual Intelligence

Just like you have a right foot and a left foot, you have a conceptual intelligence and a creative intelligence. And just like your feet, they were designed to work together. Unlike your feet, however, one side of your brain has been treated as more important than the other by your school and, probably, by other institutions in your life — workplace, family, clubs… No wonder as you go through life, trying to make the most of yourself, you feel constrained or frustrated. It’s as if you were trying to walk with one foot. Getting them back in balance means…

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How To F-r-e-e-Write: Part 1

F-R-E-E-Writing does not aim to be linear or logical, it does not aim for anything — other than to be done.
Each F-R-E-E-Writing session is a new journey without a map, in which you just write whatever it is you have to say at that moment in time. When we allow words to be written in this way, they have tremendous energy.

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Part Four: Benefits of F-R-E-E-Writing

Dozens of studies have found that most people – from schoolchildren to nursing-home residents – feel happier and healthier after writing about their memories — but the benefit is intrinsically tied up with how the writing is done. In his book Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions, Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas, James Pennebaker, summarises ten years of scientific research into the connection between writing and increased physical and mental wellbeing. He concludes that writing is a tremendously powerful tool, “far more powerful” than he and his team predicted when setting up their study.  The effect isn’t just…

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