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Posts In This Category Are About Applying The Creative Process To Everyday Life

Creative Writing: Creative Presence, My Poetry

Creative Writing: Poems to Inspire: Sea Sounds

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 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 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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Creative Living: Monday Motivator

Your Monday Motivator: What Are You Creating This Week?

This week’s Monday Motivator is coming to you a day late because of the UK and US’s holiday weekend. If you were lucky enough to have some time off, I hope you thoroughly enjoyed it! So what are you creating this week? Creative writing wise, I’m working on a book and workbook for writers, How Authors Create Money and Meaning. One chapter from that book is called “Sell Yourself Without Selling Your Soul” and I’m also creating an audio presentation based on it, for Indie Author Fringe on Saturday. The Fringe is my big Creative Publishing task this week. With Jay Artale and…

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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. It’s the heart and soul of your creative endeavors. But most creatives and creativists are building their sites on free platforms. NOT the best option, people.  In this post, I talk about why having your own…

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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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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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Creative Living: Create Dates, Maps For Creative Living

Log Your Create-Dates: A Creative Living Map

One of the core creative practices is the create-date. Strangely, given that it’s a most-fun-you-can-imagine expedition to do something that excites or delights 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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