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Creative Writing: Poems

Creative Writing: Poems to Inspire: Sea Therapy

I come down to the sea to sit on a rock, and meditate, all thought undone, in the waves’ whoosh and turn. A young man comes, sits down on another one, takes out a guitar starts to strum. Above, on the promenade the runners have begun to run. On the road, the traffic is starting to thrum. Down here where the waves whoosh and turn, we sit on, the young singer and I, two faces upturned, warmed by the same sun the same sky and the sound of the sea underscoring his song. For me, a poem is a key,…

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Creative Living: Be More Creative

Conversations About Creative Education And Creativism

It’s been a week for fun conversations about creativity and education. I chatted to Bill Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep, in a private interview about self-publishing for his forthcoming book about the transformation of the arts and arts careers in the new economy. And I had these questions from a journalist about creativism: I thought you might like to read the answers. Is there a creativist within all of us that we can tap into or is this the difference between people? Creativism draws on what is a universal capacity and source of power. The problem is that had been suppressed in…

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

Creative Publishing: Highlights from the Alliance of Independent Authors Self-Publishing Advice Blog

Every Tuesday, I bring you the Self-Publishing Advice Blog highlights of the past seven days. This week, our intrepid news editor, Dan Holloway’s, news round-up included Amazon’s newest acquisition, the latest ebook figures, Draft2Digital’s venture into the audio world, and justice is served to JK Publishing. I held my monthly Q&A, inviting special guest Joseph Alexander along – a non-fiction indie author. We started off by chatting about Joseph’s journey from guitar teacher to a million dollar brand, before moving on to the Member Q&A session where he offered sound, actionable advice that any beginning indie author could benefit from. Listen here. Laura Morelli addressed the contentious issue of indies…

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Creative Living: Create Dates

Creative Living: My Weekly Create Date

A Create Date is a weekly outing, spent doing something that 1] you’d really like to do; 2] you haven’t done before, or for a very long time; and 3] is pure play for you (not work in disguise). It may not feel like it but it’s an important creative practice. Conscious creation is about the play of ideas and insights and this creative play replenishes our well of images, ideas and inspiration. When choosing a Create Date, just ask yourself, “what sounds like fun?” And then allow yourself to do it. (Alert: expect creative resistance. Create dates show us…

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Creative Publishing: Digital Book Marketing

Creative Publishing: Digital Book Marketing for Orna Ross. This week: The Wonder of Blurbs

A weekly column by digital book marketer, Caoimhe O’Brien. This week we have been re-writing some of Orna’s blurbs for her fiction books. Blurbs are so important to get right as they are one of the first thing that a reader sees when they look at your book on Amazon, Kobo, iBooks… The best blurbs are easy to read, genre appropriate, and grab a reader’s attention right away. You should always be conscious of what appears above the Read More button (see below), as you want to ensure that the reader is enticed to click through and read to the…

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Creative Writing: Poems

Poems To Inspire: The Daisy Dance

And what can we learn / from the daisies / on this summer day? / The lazy ways of their / opening?/ The unfurling of petal / light fingers, cupping yellow / fistfuls of wind / to dance with the sky? For me, a poem is a key, unlocking a moment in time and revealing the infinite well of possibilities that every moment holds. Poetry brings us to creative presence. Interested in reading more?

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Creative Publishing: Self-publishing News

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Every Tuesday, I bring you the Self-Publishing Advice Blog highlights of the past seven days. This week, our intrepid news editor, Dan Holloway’s, news round-up included the latest offering from Pronoun and IPR; news of Reedsy’s collaboration with Blurb, KDP’s new dashboard format, and the latest audiobook demographic info. Joanna Penn and I had our monthly Self Publishing Salon. This week we covered: Money and Creativity Where Readers Convene Amazon Buy Button KDP Categories The upcoming Dublin Writer’s Conference Joanna’s end of year books sales And more. Catch up here. Richard Lowe explains the role of professional networking for self-publishers in his post, What Smart Indie Authors Know About…

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Creative Living: St Leonards On Sea

Create Date: Walking St Leonards on Sea

As any creative or creativist knows, life moves in mysterious ways. A year ago, I’d never heard of this place called St Leonard’s on Sea. Now we’re getting ready to call it home. Last October, we came down to Hastings for a weekend, for their 1066 celebrations. Being us, we booked late and so stayed out in St Leonard’s instead of the town center. The moment we arrived, we loved it and though we’d no thought of ever moving from London, epilepsy was making us rethink whether city life was best for us. The moment we arrived, we loved it. Although…

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Poems To Inspire: I Am

I have thoughts/ but I am not my thoughts. I am/ one who sees them swirl. What can be seen/ is not the seer. I have/ thoughts but my thoughts are not me. I have a body / but I am not my body. I am / one who makes it move. What can be moved/ is not the mover. I have/ a body but my body is not me./ I have feelings/ but I am not my feelings. I am/ one who feels them feel. What can be felt/ is not the feeler. I have / feelings but my feelings are not…

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A weekly column by Digital Marketer, Caoimhe O’Brien This was my second week working on Orna’s books and, even though we’re still in the initial setting-up period, the work is getting more detailed and specific to each book which I really enjoy. Being organized initially is hugely important for marketing success, whether you have one book or twenty. It can take some time at first but will definitely save you time (and confusion) in the long run. Keeping track of dates, sales figures and money spent is so important and it makes comparing the results of different marketing campaigns much…

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