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Creative Living: Productivity For Creative People

The Key Question For Artists And Creatives

Are you creating mostly for you or mostly for others? At ALLi, all the advice in our guidebooks, online conferences and other education assumes that the writer reading them wants to entertain, inform or inspire others. Ideally, as many others as possible. But not all do. Some writers just want the joy and pleasure of writing. It’s completely valid for a writer, an artist, or any kind of creative, to create only in order to create. Nothing is more valid, more pure than making your stuff, your way, for yourself. TRY THIS: Creating For Self Where do you fall, on a…

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Monday Motivator: What Are You Creating This Week?

Download your weekly Go Creative Maps here Scroll down to find your weekly creative work map, together with creative rest and creative play maps too. This week I’m on the finishing stretch for How To Create Anything which is going to my new editor at the end of the month. I’ll also be creating some fun time in my favorite American city, San Francisco. The conference is now over and it’s time for a day or two’s relaxation. (Here’s a post about why I just love this city) I’m hooking up with Roving Jay too. She’s in LA these months and has travelled up to SF so…

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Walk Up To Episode 13 of The Go! Creative Show: How To Turn Failure Into Creative Failure

Ever failed? Yeah, me too. Everyone who’s ever created anything meaningful will tell you that failure is totally part of the process. Our aim as creativists is not to eradicate failure but to harness it, to use it to fuel the next step of our inexorable, non-negotiable, not-gonna-let-this-derail-me progress towards creating what we truly want. This means treating failure as a mirror, a feedback system. In this week’s Go Creative! Show I’ll be talking about two recent fails of mine, one everyday, one that felt rather epic. And exploring how they differ — and should be treated differently. All failure is…

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Creative Publishing

Freshen Your Mind.

Henry James advised his readers to “Be one of those people on whom nothing is lost” and in her great, great book, Becoming A Writer, editor and early self-help guru Dorothea Brande, laid out the following method “of getting to that desirable state”. “Set yourself a short period each day when you will, by taking thought, recapture a childlike ‘innocence of eye’. Transport yourself back to the state of wide-eyed interest that was yours at the age of five… turn yourself into Read More

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