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Creative Writing: My Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Wedding Day Cast-Offs

Baubles and / hearts stacked to one side. Wedding / Day’s over. 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 Publishing: Self-publishing News

Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: May 23 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway announces his surprise Oxford University Humanities Innovation Challenge win. Dan also mentions two big pieces of Amazon news, more publishing news from Kobo and Qidan, a blog you should be following, and some creative inspiration from artificial intelligence. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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Creative Living: Monday Motivator

Your Monday Motivator: Creativist Club Special Launch Offer

What are you creating this week? For me, the Creativist Club is still taking lots of attention, as our first members find their way around. If you’d like to join, we’re now ready to take you. Better than that, I’m delighted to announce a special launch day offer for my reader members and subscribers only. If you join today or tomorrow, 22nd or 23rd of May, at Vision level (a Seven-week program, cost £49) you will get an upgrade to Making Level, a 21-week program, which has a value of £99. You can find out more about the club levels…

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Creative Living: Create Dates

Create Date: New World Order Blockchain Exhibition

This week’s Create Date was at Furtherfield Gallery, following my interest in Blockchain tech and what it might mean for authors. The blockchain is the technology that underpins digital currencies which, depending on who you talk to, is set to enrich or demote humanity. The artworks in this exhibition – work by Pete Gomes, Rob Myers, Primavera De Filippi of O’Khaos, Terra0, Lina Theodorou and xfx (aka Ami Clarke) and others – are the kind that make the mind boggle. They imagine a world in which many aspects of life (reproduction, social organization, nurture, nature) have been mechanized and automated by…

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Creatives and Creativists: Build Your Own Self-Hosted WordPress Website In Under An Hour

Your website is how clients, customers, managers, agents, publishers, journalists, bloggers and podcasters find out about you and decide if you’re a fit for them It’s where you connect with friends, fans and followers, show them what you do, who you are and how to connect with you. And only here can you build an email list of like-minded people who love what you do. In this post, I talk about why having your own self-hosted website is important, the two things you must have to get such a website working (a domain name and a hosting account), and give you…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Homeless

Beneath the / promenade of stately homes: / the homeless. 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…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Latest Self-Publishing News From ALLi: May 16 2017

This week, on ALLi’s Self-Publishing Advice Blog, our news editor Dan Holloway is announced as an award finalist – for an award that slightly surprises him. Dan also highlights a bit of interesting indie news about Bookbub and Mailchimp, covers more indie author achievements, a reminder about the Peters Fraser Dunlop Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, more ebook sales news, and a reminder about our next Indie Author Fringe for Book Expo. And, as ever, he rounds up with the latest self publishing news for indie authors everywhere.

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Creative Living: Monday Motivator

Your Monday Motivator: The Creativist Club

What are you creating this week? I’ve been putting the finishing touches to the Creativist Club. We are still very much in beta but Sondra and I are there, welcoming a few new members in, and helping them to frame their intentions, set timelines and workflows. And Tuhin is working hard on adjusting the tech to our needs. This week, we’ll be sorting the final snags and watching the club take shape under this first tiny intake of members. What about you? What are you making of yourself this week? Each Monday I send a reminder email to creatives and creativists…

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I’m at work on a new book, looking at the opportunities and challenges for writers today in a rapidly transforming publishing landscape, where digital opportunities are changing everything we thought we knew about books. Filled with facts about contemporary writing and publishing, this book also offers creative and practical insights and instruction in how today’s authors can make a living — and a life — from writing. As Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, I’ve seen a lot of writers doing a lot of different things. I’ll be drawing on all of that, as well as the experience of publishing…

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Log Your Create-Dates: A Creative Living Map

One of the core creative flow practices is the create-date. Strangely, given that it’s a most-fun-you-can-imagine expedition to do something that enchants or excites you, it’s a practice that most of us resist. Or maybe not so strangely. We find it so hard, sometimes, to be good to ourselves. In The Library (open to Reader and Creativist Club Members), you can download a chart that helps you to get, and keep, the habit of a taking weekly create date. It doesn’t have to be something normally labelled “creative”. It could be playing with a friend’s dog for an hour, or spending some time…

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