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Creative Living: Be More Creative

Your Monday Motivator: Conscious Creation

So, it’s 10 January. How are those new year resolutions coming along? If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I’m not a big fan of resolutions. Or replying will-based discipline to creating what you want to create in your life. If you’re like most people you’ll be find those resolutions are already fraying at the edges. According to market researchers Opinion Research Corp., 92% of us go about our daily lives failing to create what we most want. Whether our desire is physical (as, in their study, 38% of the desires); emotional (31%), financial (34%) or, interestingly…

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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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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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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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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 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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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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