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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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: Creative Business, Creative Practice, Creative Presence

Cultivating the Create State

This is Part Eleven in the Power of Creative Intention series. Read Part Ten here.  As well as ignorance of the creative process, one of the main reasons we see our projects flounder, is that we are not trained in how to access the deep power of our creative mind. Conscious creation is not about working relentlessly to meet goals. Though effort is needed, it’s not the conventional effort of striving, stress, or strain. To choose the creative way is to acknowledge that though, yes, we frame our intentions, it’s our subconscious mind that does most of the heavy lifting. That’s…

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Creative Living: Creative Business, Power of Creative Intention

The Power of Creative Intention Part 11: How To Set A Good Creative Intention

This is the final part (Part 10) the Creative Intention Series: How To Set A Good Creative Intention. (Read the previous post–about clearly stating intention–here and the Series begins over here).  Before we sign off on this creative intention series, there are a few things you need to know about the quality of creative intention and how it differs from goal-setting and willpower-based resolution. Intention Is Not Resolution This video was made in January, around New Year’s Resolution time. Below are further explanations of the topics discussed in the video. Resolutions and goals harness the power of the conscious will. Creative Intention knows behavior…

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Inspirational Poetry: The Long Memoried Sea
Creative Writing: Creative Presence, Inspirational Poetry

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. Become a patron today and please accept my…

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: Creative Business, Creativism and Creativists

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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: Creative Business, Creativism and Creativists

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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: Creative Business, Creativism and Creativists

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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