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

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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Creative Writing: How To Write Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Stones

Hollowed out / By the turn of wave and wind / A stone eye. 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…

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Creative Living: Create More Money

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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Haiku of the Week Features: Fuschia

Outstaying / summer, fuschia still flush in / November. 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 of…

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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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Creative Living: Create More Money, Go Creative! Books

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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Creative Living: Be More Creative, Monday Motivator Mail

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 Living: Creative Presence, Miscellany

Creativist Me, Creativist World: Donald Trump

This week, thoughts about Donald Trump, the new President-elect of the United States, were all over my F-R-E-E-Writing. And all over my Twitter feed, as friends and followers poured out disappointment, anger, fear and despair, and countless assumptions about what it will means for the US, and the rest of the world, that the American people have voted in a man like Trump as their president. It was like deja vu here in the UK,  after the recent referendum in which the UK voted to leave the European Union. The response is a kind of fear and hatred and intolerance, from those…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Hyde Park

In Hyde Park / a cup of sky, pooled and held / in water. 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…

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