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Season’s Greetings (and some gifts for you)

I have some gifts — three freebies and three discount offers — that I hope will put a smile on your face this holiday season. All of these make a good gift for yourself — or to pass on to a friend who is interested in such things. THREE FREEBIES  FREE EBOOK: A Compendium For Creativists This is an anthology of advice for creatives and creativists and anyone interested in conscious creation: Get your free book here   FREE MOTIVATOR MAIL: Weekly creative reminder Each week through the year, I send a motivator mail on Mondays with maps and logs…

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This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt: What We Leave Behind

This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt explores how we think about ourselves and the legacy we’ll leave TRY THIS: WRITE YOUR OBITUARY a) Sit in stillness and quiet, with your notebook open before you, your pen beside it. For two full minutes, sit with silence, letting your breathing become progressively slower and deeper. Prepare to write fast, raw and exact-but-easy. Let your thoughts rest, waiting to begin. b) Write a one-page obituary for yourself, beginning with the sentence: “The death has occurred of _____________” (your name). Write it in the third person, as objectively as you can, what a journalist might write if you…

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On The Go Creative! Show This Week: Collaboration For Creative Succcess

Today, in the creative living segment, I’m introducing Sondra Turnbull, (of Goddess Kindled) who will moderate the upcoming creativist club, launching in January. In creative publishing, we hear the three most significant publishing stories for authors in the past month from Porter Anderson. And creative writing in this show focusses on how to write haiku. It’s a fun habit — join me on Instagram to see mine — and guaranteed to bring more creative presence into your days. You can find out more about the show, read the transcript and subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or YouTube on the Show Page.

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This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt: Collaboration for Creative (And Creativist) Success

This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt explores how collaborating with someone else can lead to creative success Our theme this week is “Collaboration for Creative (And Creativist) Success.” 1) Think of a time when you joined with another to create something. It could be with your spouse to create your family. With your friend to make dinner. With a colleague on a shared project at work. With… Well you get the idea. With anyone, to make anything you’re now pleased about. F-R-E-E-write [i.e. write fast, raw and exact-but-easy] about how the two of you together sparked far more than the sum of your parts….

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Making a Living (and a Life) from Writing

Today, I’m going to be working with my friend and close colleague in self-publishing adventures, Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn. Jo is probably the world’s most popular indie author, for her generosity in sharing the details of her own self-publishing pathway, for her incredibly positive energy and impressive creative flow. Together we’re facilitating this unique one-day intensive for 45 writers at Regent’s Park University in London. Called “How to Make a Living (and a Life) from Writing”, it’s aimed at authors and bloggers who want to turn their writing into their job. We’ll be delving into the creative process, the different business models…

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This Week’s Book Extract: Creating Money, Creating meaning

This week’s book extract is from Creating Money, Creating Meaning. Some Questions: Do you have enough money? Yes / No Would you describe yourself as a wealthy person? Yes / No Do you know how to create more money? Yes / No Do you understand the physical, intellectual, emotional, psychological, creative and spiritual dimensions of money? Yes / No Do you understand that how you “do” money is how you “do” life? Yes / No Do you hold ideas or attitudes that might be a block in your relationship with money? Yes / No Do you understand the roots of…

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Your Monday Motivator: Don’t Think, Just Do!

The theme of this week’s Monday motivator mailout is “Don’t Think, Just Do!” Each week I send a Monday mail as a reminder to creatives and creativists. The pull of the outer and conventional world is strong, so we all need reminding to focus on what we most want to create. This weekly reminder is full of tips and techniques to motivate and inspire you – and offers simple creative maps and tools to help you prioritize what’s most important to you this week. I’ll also bring news about what I’m creating myself right now, offer a free-writing prompt around our theme…

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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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Your Monday Motivator: Overview of Self-Publishing

The theme of this week’s Monday motivator mailout, which goes out each Monday morning to creatives and creativists worldwide, is an overview of self-publishing. We were live from the Publishing Perspectives stage at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where Porter Anderson and I ran a session called “An Overview of Self-Publishing 2016”. We looked at where the current wave of self-publishing came from, where it is going to and give lots of tips for aspiring and established author-publishers. And in the final segment of the show, I explain why we devote a monthly slot on the Go Creative! Show to self-publishing…

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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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