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Go Creative Advice from Elizabeth Gilbert: Let Your Fear Write You A Letter

Each week we feature a well known creative or creativist talking about some aspect of creative business. It’s Go Creative Advice from Elizabeth Gilbert this week, continuing our “letter-to-self” theme. Gilbert has described herself as “a frightened person my entire life.” and has written of the importance of owning our fears. Her way of doing that is, yes, the letter to–and from– your fearful self. When I’m feeling particularly shaky and unsure of myself. I give my fear a chance to express itself, formally, in writing. I ask my fear, “What are you actually terrified about, in this situation?” And…

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Go Creative Advice From Comedian Ben Elton: How To Improvise

Each week we feature a well known creative or creativist talking about some aspect of creative business. It’s Go Creative Advice from Ben Elton this week:  Go with the flow and don’t be afraid to improvise. Everything about my profession and creative life has been an improvisation. The only way I can work is to follow my heart and follow what I feel like doing. I certainly didn’t think,”well, I’ll sit down and write a novel – that’s what’s needed next! ” or, “the best move for me would be…” I do what I feel like doing… my work emerges by instinct, not…

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Creative Cancer 1: Survival: Ten Years On

Ten years ago today, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, so the fact that I am here today to write this post is a celebration for me. When I got the diagnosis, my fervent wish was that I would survive long enough to see my daughter and son, then teenagers, fully grown. And that I might find a new way to get my writings out to the world. I was then publishing my second book with Penguin and had seen behind the smoke and mirrors of trade publishing. Denied any input into how my books were marketed and presented, I wanted…

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Becoming A Writer, Becoming A Creative Entrepreneur

I vividly remember the first book I ever read about the creative process. It was a bright blue, frisky, spring day and I was taking a bus to Skerries, a town on the north Dublin coast, to see if it was a place where I might like to live. And I was reading, of course. Then, as now, I was always reading or writing. That day, I was reading a book about writing, the most useful book about writing I was ever to read: Becoming A Writer by Dorothea Brande. It was one of those reading experiences where you feel…

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Creative Thought For Today: A Creative life Is More Like An Ocean Than A Pathway

Those interested in living a creative life often describe it as a journey. We use metaphors like the road less travelled, the river you can’t enter twice. We think a lot about forward momentum. That’s only the most surface understanding of life and of what it is to consciously create. In creative flow, we enter a different reality. We realize life is an ocean: a huge, fluid, ever-shifting expanse, full of strange, fascinating and colorful creatures, with dark depths no human has yet managed to probe. Sending up wave after wave to its surface, no two the same, each melding one into…

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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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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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Go Creative Guest: Mavis Staples on Treating Everyone Right

I’ll be writing all about BEA Chicago in my first Monday opinion column on the self-publishing advice blog, shortly. But I wanted to bring you guys this highlight. Mavis Staples was there, promoting her book and giving a secret concert. I couldn’t go because I was at the Goodreads dinner that evening (also a wonderful event) but Christine Monroe from Kobo assures me she was completely fabulous — as ever. Mavis is super busy at the moment, what with promoting her book,  a new documentary and finishing Pops Staples (her dad’s) posthumous album. “Mavis sang ‘Friendship’ from it at the show, and it was so…

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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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This time of year is usually associated with over-spending in the weeks leading up to Christmas … but not over the next few days! For you and your book-loving friends, get 50% off any of my books on Kobo. Simply use the promo codes outlined below – as many times as you fancy – between the dates listed. The sale runs in different dates by territory, and each territory has it’s own promo code, so be sure to use the right one: If you’re in Canada: October 28th – October 31st Promo Code: CA50SALE If you’re in United States/Australia/New Zealand:…

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