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Creative Writing: My Haiku

Haiku of the Week Features: Hidden Bird

Among beach / stones a stone-coloured bird not / quite unseen. 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 time, is…

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Seven Stages of The Writing Process: Stage 5: Amplification (Deepening)

The fifth stage of the writing process (deepening/amplification) requires the ability to read between the lines and expand on meaning, metaphor and form. It is characterised by deep care and attention to one’s own words, both what has and has not been said. This is generally a most satisfying stage in the creative process, so long as sufficient time is set aside for it. Unfortunately, it is also the phase that beginner writers are most likely to skip or hurry.  Wanting it to be over, to get on to editing and to the holy grail of publication, can shortchange the process…

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The 4th Stage of The Creative Process: Drafting

You’ve set your intention. You’ve incubated and investigated it. You’ve oodles of information, swirling around your head and in the form of notes and plans. Now it’s time to get it all into order.  It’s time to compose. This is the central phase in the creative process – three phases lead up to it, three more will follow afterwards. It is also, together with the editing phase, the most obviously active stage. This is where you stop wondering and imagining, mulling and doodling — and start Read More

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Creative Process Stage 2. Incubation.

Creative inspiration can seem very mysterious but there are many ways in which we can encourage, foster and nurture more and better ideas and insights. Mozart has given us a wonderful description of this most enigmatic stage of the creative process: ”When I am… completely myself, entirely alone and of good cheer — say, travelling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that my ideas Read More

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Creative Intention. Know Your ABCDEs

What most inhibits conscious creation is the limits we set on what is possible. We can summarise these as our abcdeFs, the: attitudes beliefs concepts denials expectations and Fears we bringing into the project. Fears get a capital F because the various forms of fear are embedded in the rest, often unconsciously. When it comes to creating what we most truly want, our fears run the full gamut from low-level anxiety through worry, angst, unease, uneasiness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, nervousness, disquiet, misgivings, doubt, dismay, suspicion, trepidation, dread, consternation, alarm and panic, to all out terror. We are fearful of creative failure but…

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The Seven Stages of the Creative Process.

Trying to grasp the creative process is like trying to grasp water. The harder we try, the less we hold. The process is not linear but for certain purposes, we can treat it as if it is, and break it down into seven stages. Everything we create invariably goes through these stages on its way from imagined form (wants, desires) into material form (things, experiences). * * * Understanding these stages is useful no matter what we’re making, but it becomes essential when we’re engaged in a large project. If what we’re making comes easy to us — family dinner, f-r-e-e-writing, a dollar —…

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