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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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Haiku of the Week Features: Grounded

Plane grounded / we stay seated. On all sides / fields of fog Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in…

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Creative Living: F-R-E-E Writing, Maps For Creative Living

What Are Your Limiting Beliefs Creating? Know Your abcdeFs

TRY THIS: Map Your abcdeFs Download The Attitudes Map here Sit in stillness and quiet, letting your breathing become progressively slower and deeper. Prepare to write fast, raw and exact-but-easy. Let your thoughts rest, waiting to begin. In the central cloud, fill in the blank: My Attitudes Towards__[MSS]____, your MSS = your Most Significant Something, what you intend to create. Within each cloud, using a few words or a short sentence, write out any attitude you hold around your MSS, good or bad. Each attitude is linked it to the central circle with a line, so that when you’ve filled…

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Your Monday Motivator: What To Do When Creative Challenge Hits

The theme of this week’s Monday motivator mailout is “What To Do When Creative Challenge Hits” Each week I send a Monday mail as a reminder to creatives and creativists. The pull of the outer and conventional world is strong, so we all need reminding to focus on what we most want to create. This weekly reminder is full of tips and techniques to motivate and inspire you – and offers simple creative maps and tools to help you prioritize what’s most important to you this week. I’ll also bring news about what I’m creating myself right now, offer a free-writing prompt…

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The Go Creative! Show Episode 17: What To Do When Creative Challenge Hits

Some ideas on how to overcome creative challenges. In this week’s show Sondra finds putting out her intention around creating more money has brought her to “a bit of a downward dip” and together we tackle that by looking at the essential wants behind her Creative Wish-List. We also touch on the attitudes, beliefs, concepts, denials, expectations and Fears (abcdeFs)that underlie our lives and give rise to inevitable emotional challenges when we’re consciously creating. Engaging with the essential wants gives Sondra a fresh perspective and a wish to uncover her own deeper, more essential wants. You can find out more about…

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Walk Up To The Go Creative! Show Episode 17: What To Do When Creative Challenge Hits

In this week’s Go Creative! Show Sondra finds putting out her intention around creating more money has brought her to “a bit of a downward dip”. She and I tackle that by looking at the essential wants behind her Creative Wish-List. We also touch on the attitudes, beliefs, concepts, denials, expectations and Fears (abcdeFs) that underlie a creative intention and give rise to inevitable emotional challenges when we’re consciously creating. Engaging with the essential wants gives Sondra a fresh perspective and a wish to uncover her own deeper, more essential wants. I’ll also be talking briefly about Indie Author Fringe, an online author conference organized…

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The Go Creative! Show Episode 14: The Principles of Conscious Creation

Learning the principles of conscious creation. In this week’s show, I’m talking about the principles of conscious creation – setting good intentions, going deep, honing focus, going public, turning up, fostering flow, keeping creative faith and more. And as I’ve been in San Francisco this week, I give a reading about this lovely city from my novel, Before The Fall. You can find out more about the show, read the transcript and subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or YouTube on the Show Page. If you want to be more creative in everything you do and help further the movement from conventional…

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Creative Living: F-R-E-E Writing, uncategorized

F-r-e-e-writing Prompt: Transforming Failure Into Success

So, over to you, creativists. What are your fails this week? Are you failing enough, first of all? Have you actually taken that step out into the world where you can fail and fail publicly and learn the lesson? What’s there that maybe you’re resisting that you know you should do that possibly has failure embedded in it that you’re hiding from? That’s the first question. So scanning through what’s gone on for you over the last week or so, are there failures in there? And if there are, what are the lessons embedded in them? You Can Buy 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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