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Creative Living: Creative Practice, Effortless Exercise

This Week’s Book Extract: from Creativist Compendium

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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Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Shadows

Children flit / In and out of sun and shade / Smiles flashing. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Frozen Leaf

On the path / a single leaf lies frozen / and broken. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time,…

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Creative Living: Creative Practice

This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt: Creating Happy Holidays Part 2

This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt explores your creative intentions for the holiday season. what do I want to achieve here? what do I want to express?  what is the challenge? does it come in the form of a problem? what exactly is the problem I am trying to solve? (go beyond your usual answer, especially if it’s in the shape of another person) where might this holiday take me? what might I make of it? What might it make of me? what is my definition of a successful outcome? what do I need to change to make that happen? You Can Buy A…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Winter Sun

Tree shadows / in winter sun. Golden world / striated. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time, is full…

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Creative Living: Creativism & Creativists

Creativist Me, Creativist World. This Week: What We Leave Behind

I’m going to die! No, I’m not being dramatic and no, there’s nothing wrong with me beyond the fact that life is, as a Polish film once said, a fatal, sexually-transmitted condition. They actually said sexually-transmitted disease and I have to say, I think that’s going a bit far. But I take the point. We’re all going to die. And we all spend a lot of energy avoiding or resisting that. Remembrance of Things Past I recently found myself at two memorials. The first was a sunny autumn morning in which our family planted a tree in our local park for Anne, my dear…

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Creative Living: Create More Money, F-R-E-E Writing

This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt: Creating Money, Creating Meaning

This week’s F-R-E-E-Writing prompt explores your relationship with money and what the Go Creative! series calls true wealth Few of us are achieving our financial potential. We are surrounded by role models of wonderful possibility, people who from nothing have created and have gone on to maintain great fortunes, and used these fortunes to facilitate great deeds. We live in a world where you can, if you truly want to, create millions from an idea put together in a garage or on a kitchen table. Yet one third of Americans, the wealthiest nation, end up with no money in retirement….

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This Week’s F-R-E-E-Writing Prompt: What Is Creative Success For You?

One of the defining qualities of creative success is that we all define it differently. Here are some definitions from well-known creatives, to offer you a window into thinking about your own definition. (Sidenote: For “man” in these quotes, please read also woman. And men, can you please stop doing that?) Below the quotes, you’ll find questions to help you to establish your own definition of success. “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 do.” ~ Bob Dylan “Success is…

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: Creative Practice, F-R-E-E Writing

Today’s Free-Writing Prompt: What’s Your Mind Mode?

After listening to Show Episode and reading the book extract, f-r-e-e-write about your own dominant mindset. Are you a materialist, a communitarian or a creativist, predominantly. I’m assuming a conqueror or moralist would not be attracted to my work — but am I wrong? Looking back on your life, when did you change from one mindset to another? Would you like to meet life from a different mind-mode? Why? Thinking about these questions, just write fast and raw, exact but easy for three pages or 20 minutes. You Can Buy A F-r-e-e-Writing Notebook With Full Instructions Here

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Today’s Free-Writing Prompt: Good Creative Habits

When I’m writing well, writing is the first thing I do in the day. When I wake in the morning, I don’t read the paper, or my phone, or even any great writers. I don’t record this show, I don’t read my email, I definitely don’t go on Twitter. Instead, after exercise and meditation, I head straight to the free-writing notebook, and free-write — write fast, raw, exact-but-easy — knowing that’s the fastest way to my own true voice. Then I’ll have slotted in time and space for my allotted writing task. The point is: the writing gets done first,…

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