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Creative Writing: New Poetry

Haiku on 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. Haiku is an act of transcription. Here are a few recent ones: Park walking. The time of bluebells, my hand in your hand. ~ Night pressing the window. Our neighbour’s tree waits for light. ~ Daughter’s dress has mirror circles. Sequins of myself. ~ Now your turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 haiku. Use the thirteen syllables to give…

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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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Final Call: F-R-E-E-Writing Book

Last chance to get your pre-order copy of F-R-E-E-Writing: Unblocking Life’s Flow. It launches Tuesday next, 30th of September. But you can order your advance copy now — without being charged until it’s dispatched. F-R-E-E-Writing  F-R-E-E stands for Fast, Raw and Exact-but-Easy and this is a creative practice I’ve been teaching — and practicing myself, of course — for fifteen years now. Each F-R-E-E-Writing session is a new journey without a map in which you simply write whatever it is you have to say at that moment in time — as fast as you can. When you write like this, you leave yourself open. You…

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Be More Creative Guest. This Week… The Power of Imagining with Debbie Millman

“We begin by worrying we aren’t good enough, smart enough or talented enough to get what we want, then we voluntarily live in this paralyzing mental framework, rather than confront our own role in this paralysis. “Just the possibility of failing turns into a dutiful self-fulfilling prophecy. We begin to believe that these personal restrictions are, in fact, the fixed limitations of the world. “We go on to live our lives, all the while wondering what we can change and how we can change it, and we calculate and re-calculate when we will be ready to do the thing s…

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Freewriting For Healing, Transformation and Liberation

Most of us write far too carefully. We’re trying to do it right. We’re trying, full stop. Hanging out on the page doesn’t have to be an effort. That it is for so many of us is largely because since our schooldays, or earlier, even the most privileged of us has been trained to self-doubt, self-deprecation and self-censorship rather than self-expression. Can’t Write Those who can’t write know how important it is. “Literacy salvaged my life. It is as simple and fundamental as that,” wrote Sharon Jean Hamilton, now Ph.D, in My Name’s Not Susie: A Life Transformed by Literacy (1997)….

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F-R-E-E Writing: Using images to release your creativity

Writing exact-but-easy is the instruction that most new F-R-E-E-Writers find hardest to follow. Fast, they get. Raw, they get but what does it mean to write exact-but-easy? Are these two not contradictory? If I’m worrying about exact, how can I flow easy? And how can I then follow the first injunction, to write fast? The key to this dimension of F-R-E-E-Writing is not to think about how you are writing at all but to focus on the content. Specifically, on the images. What you see, hear, taste, touch and smell. Looking around me I see: A crack in the glass…

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F-R-E-E-Writing

The wo/man who doesn’t write has no advantage over the wo/man who can’t. Those of us who are lucky enough to be literate can take writing for granted. It has become so everyday we forget that writing is magic, and magic of a very advanced kind. These simple dark marks on a light page manage to hold millennia of  information, and knowledge, and opinion, and emotion, and entertainment, and inspiration, all capable of being communicated to each other across time and space. As a human breakthrough, the invention of writing ranks with that of fire.  Writing is, actually, the uniquely human achievement….

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Opening Creative Doors

What happens when you start to turn a door knob that won’t budge? First, you turn it harder; then perhaps you pull up on the knob or push it down.

Then maybe you wiggle it. Eventually, you shove the door with your shoulder or kick it.

What you try will be a combination of your history with doors and your creative inclinations.

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