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Go Creative Monday Motivator

Each Monday I send a reminder email to creatives and creativists around the world. The pull of the outer world is strong, with ever more distractions being put our way, so we all need to be reminded to turn inwards, and reconnect with what we most truly want to do. Which is rarely what the world tells us we should want to do today. The idea of the Monday Motivator is that it reminds you to prioritize what’s most important to you this week and offers tips and tools that help you get into creative flow. If you’d like to receive…

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: Creative Business, Power of Creative Intention

Power of Creative Intention Part 8: From Want To Project

This is Part Eight in the Creative Intention Series. Read Part Seven here. Series begins here. Now you have extracted this significant something, it’s time to turn it from being a desire into an intention. This intention is what you will work (and rest and play) with, all the way through the seven stages of the creative process, from intention to completion. When you make a firm intention, it ceases to be just one thought among many. It becomes a project into which you are willing to invest time and energy and, most likely, money (a particular form of energy). Choosing Good…

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: Be More Creative, Creative Business, Maps For Creative Business

Setting Good Intentions: Creative Listing

Creative listing is a core creative exercise which supports your creative intention. Use it whenever you set a new intention, to help establish and map its parameters and what you need to fulfill it. Here’s how: 1. Frame your intention I am going to create _________  by _________, the first blank being your significant something, the second the date by which you will create it. If your intention is a life-change — to become an actor, to leave your partner — set down the first step in the process, as you see it. The date is important, put a date-stamp on it. 2. Visualize and…

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Who Needs Your Opinion.

Screenwriter William Goldman famously said of Hollywood: ‘Nobody knows anything’. The same is true of writing, as these judgements  of writers by writers below go to show. Leo Tolstoy on William Shakespeare: “Crude, immoral, vulgar and senseless.” William Faulkner on Mark Twain: “A hack writer who would not have been considered fourth rate in Europe, who tried out a few of the old proven ‘sure-fire’ literary skeletons with sufficient local colour to intrige the superficial and the lazy.” Willam Makepeace Thackeray on Jonathan Swift: “A monster gibbering shrieks, and

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