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Creative Living: Creativist Musings

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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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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On The Go Creative! Show This Week: Episode 7, Forming Good Creative Habits

This week’s episode of The Go Creative! Show is about creative writing, encouraging your creative growth whether you journal or free-write, or actually write for a living. Today our theme is how to establish and strengthen good creative habits and, as always, the show explores principles that can be applied, no matter what you’re creating. Dan Blank of www.wegrowmedia.com offers three creative writing can-dos, while I offer free-writing prompts that explore your own creative habits, and how they can be improved. And the show finishes with a reading from my novel “Blue Mercy”, where the protagonist is struggling with her own challenges, talking about how such…

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The Creative Power of Seven

Why are there so many sevens in the Go Creative way? Seven stages of the creative process?  Seven ages of life?  Seven mindsets? And all the Go Creative! guidelines mostly given out in sevens? Seven is said to be the lucky number but creators don’t believe in luck, per se.  (We don’t believe in any concept… instead we experiment  and observe). There are so many sevens in the Go Creative! books for the same reason that there are so many sevens in Harry Potter. And that there are seven notes in the musical scale, seven planets visible to the naked eye, seven colours in the spectrum…

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Do you have an equality complex?

We all know what a superiority complex is… and can easily see that it drains creative energy. Thinking you are better than others is one of the fastest ways to shut down your capacity for experimentation and collaboration, two key creative traits. Also problematic is its opposite, an inferiority complex, which is a hive-bed for fear, resistance and self-sabotage. But what about the equality complex? I didn’t even know there was such a thing until I heard it described by Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), who pointed out that it too required you to see yourself as separate from (some group of) others and…

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A Creative Manifesto: For Creatives and Creativists

One: Going Creative Accepting that my relationship with my own mind and its creative capacities defines all the other relationships in my life, I resolve to foster conscious creative awareness and connection. I seek opportunities to express my truth, offer fresh insights,  foster innovation, and contribute to imaginative outcomes. Two: Amplifying Happiness Accepting that I and the world need to rebalance a bias towards the conventional, the negative and the destructive, I focus on and accentuate the creative, the positive and the life-enhancing. While not denying any suffering that exists within me or around me, and allowing myself to observe and express the truth of…

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Reasons To Read

The world’s a demanding place. Shouldn’t you be doing something more useful than having your nose stuck in a book? Here’s a nice short video from good folks at The School of Life that gives you the answers you need, next time somebody asks you that loaded question. They give four good reasons as to why reading is just about the best possible way to spend your time. Their four reasons to read are: IT SAVES YOU TIME Literature is the ultimate time-saver — giving access to emotions and events you couldn’t otherwise experience. IT MAKES YOU A BETTER PERSON…

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Creative Intelligence Versus Conventional Intelligence

Like every human who ever lived, you have two different ways of observing and experiencing your life and the events that unfurl within it. You see that picture of two white faces, which, when you look again, is actually one black candlestick? One picture, but if you shift your perspective what it represents totally changes. Our view of our world, our life and what’s going on in it is like that. We are constantly shifting between two broad perspectives: the conceptual and the creative. In the Creativist Club, we call these the con-state and the create-state. Con-State vs Create-State Con-state relies on the…

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What Is Creativism?

Creativism is the adoption of creative principles and practices as a way of life. Creativists say: “I’m in charge, I am responsible for what unfolds in my life.” Creativists also say: “There is a creative flow unfolding in the world. I am part of that. The best way to live is to do what I can to align with that flow, that unfolding.” Creativists consciously align their thoughts, words and actions with creative flow — and having done so, they let go. They spend much time cultivating an internal open empty space, so that their truest needs can emerge and be…

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Fiction Update

Lots of lovely news for the fiction readers among you today.   Firstly, After The Rising is now on Wattpad and I’ll be posting it chapter-by-chapter every Sunday. Though, of course, if you just can’t wait, you can purchase it on Amazon here. Secondly, my most recent novel – Blue Mercy – will be available for FREE for all you lovely people on Amazon tomorrow (Thursday October 10) so head on over and grab a copy!    

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