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The Go Creative! Show

The Go Creative! Show is a new weekly broadcast I’m going to be doing, all about applying the creative process to everything in life. And today, I’ve launched the first episode, which welcomes you to the show and tells you what to expect. Just like here on the blog, I’ll be sharing insights, ideas and inspirations, about creative writing and creative publishing, but mostly about creative living. I’ll be: reading from, and talking about, my novels and poems. bringing news from ALLi, the self-publishing advice centre and the Indie Author Fringe online conferences. sharing my own attempts at conscious creation beyond writing and publishing,…

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What’s Happening in Self-publishing News

Indie authors who want to keep ahead with all things happening in the creative world can get the latest ALLi self-publishing news from my partners and friends over at the Alliance of Independent Authors Advice Centre. The blog is open to members and non-members alike, filled with super-informative advice for authors each day, while every Friday news and developments self-publishing related are covered in regular posts. This week’s news reports on how audiobooks are now the fastest-growing genre in publishing. It also hones in on some of those thorny issues many indie authors will identify with and which are now…

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Like to Review Creativist Compendium on Amazon?

If you’d like me to send you a copy of A Creativist Compendium, for review, let me know. If you enjoyed the book, please spread the word by leaving a short few words here on Amazon. It doesn’t have to be long, just a sentence or two about what it did for you and what it might do for others. Thanks so much. The link again is here.

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Create State Countdown. #100: Buffalo Springfield, Stephen Stills and The Muppets: Stop Children, What’s That Sound

Such a quiet opening. Just two guitar chords, a steady, pulsing drumbeat and Stephen Stills’s voice, soft and low…There’s something happening here/What it is ain’t exactly clear… “For What It’s Worth” is creatively interesting because its inspiration is so far removed from the way it has been received by listeners. Most people think of it as a classic protest anthem (as in this Youtube video) but it was actually inspired by a 1960s non-event in LA, “The Sunset Strip riots” but its plea for creative attention takes it way beyond its origination. It was written in December 1966, by Canadian…

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Do You Think Product or Process?

Ours is the creative age.  A recent study by IBM shows the number one characteristic employers now look for in future employees is creativity. But its application is much wider than work. Learning how to recognise, understand and harness our creative capacities is becoming not just a nice-to-have but a psychological necessity in our fast-paced, interconnected, always-on world. In ancient and tribal cultures, creativity was understood as a gift from the gods. The Enlightenment dethroned both superstition and religion and rationality came to be privileged by modern societies as the highest level of thought. We turned to science for answers, in fields from ethics to medicine, and in many ways…

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Be More Creative: Get Exercising

Albert Einstein said of the theory of relativity, “I thought of it while riding my bicycle.” Ralph Waldo Emerson said of Thoreau: “The length of his walk uniformly made the length of his writing. If shut up in the house, he did not write at all.” Christopher Bergland, endurance athlete, author and political activist. says of exercise: “Sweat is like WD-40 for your mind—it lubricates the rusty hinges of your brain and makes your thinking more fluid. Exercise allows your conscious mind to access fresh ideas that are buried in the subconscious.” Anyone who exercises regularly has had this experience….

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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… Know Your Gift With Virginia Woolf

Know Your Creative Gift with Virginia Woolf Mrs Dalloway contemplates the dinner party she will throw later: “But to go deeper, beneath what people said (and these judgements, how superficial, how fragmentary they are!) in her own mind now, what did it mean to her, this thing she called life? “Oh, it was very queer. Here was So-and-so in South Kensington; some one up in Bayswater; and somebody else, say, in Mayfair.” And she felt quite continuously a sense of their existence and she felt what a waste; and she felt what a pity; and she felt if only they…

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