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Creative Writing: My Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Dance

In the park / Most people ignoring a / dancing girl. 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…

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Be More Creative With Bruce Springsteen: On Keeping Creative Faith

“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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Creative Writing: My Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Manhattan

Manhattan / finger of stone trying to / touch the sky. 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…

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Creative Writing: My Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Evening Sun

Golden path. / Evening sun on sea calling / walk this way. 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, F-R-E-E Writing

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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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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Creative Writing: My Other Poetry

Join Me In Bringing Haiku To Instagram?

It’s my daily hobby to play with a form of poetry called haiku, as a way of fostering creative presence in the moment. And lately I’ve started posting them on Instagram with a photograph of that moment. A haiku is an act of transcription, a verbal and sensual photograph.
 The moment gives us the poetry, as it is created through us. Through our eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin (the outer senses); through our feelings, memory, intuition, imagination, and overall sense of perception (the inner senses). We just transcribe it. And then the haiku is created, a witnessing of what we…

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Seven Go Creative! Guidelines: Email

Emails — and Facebook Messenger, Slackchat, Asana, any way that other people send you tasks, thoughts and ideas — are great for communication, giving you the power to choose what you say, to whom, and when. But only if you use them well. Email (and all communication with others, including social media) is a peripheral creative activity. It can bring us all sorts of exciting and delighting news from the outside world, it may deliver us an important creative nugget, but it can never be core. Because emails are full of what other people want us to do with our time. And what’s…

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Ten reasons to F-R-E-E-Write

F-R-E-E-Writing rights. At a daily level, it improves your psychic state, elevates your mood, makes you feel centred, sets you up for your day. We almost always feels better after a F-R-E-E-Writing session than before. F-R-E-E-Writing uncovers. Because we write as fast as possible, thoughts and emotions are allowed to rise without the internal censor kicking in. This brings us to new understandings — concealed meanings and significances are brought to the surface. Author, Virginia Woolf, calls them “shocks”, those moments of profound insight that come from examining our past, because of how they force an awareness we wouldn’t otherwise…

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