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2018: Week 21: What Are You Creating In Your Creative Business This Week?

What Are You Creating In Your Creative Business this week? For me, this week past week has been about starting a Patreon page, launching June 1st. If you’ve ever enjoyed any of the poetry that I write here, maybe you’ll support me to write more? As Vincent Van Gogh said to his patron brother Theo, “When you give money to artists, you are yourself doing an artist’s work.” You can become a patron of the arts for just $2 a month and help bring more poetry to the world. This week I’m setting up a literary lottery for an event I’m…

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Creative Business Block Series Part 9: The Creative Cure For Creative Block

In this month’s workshop we looked at the various ways that business block can show up. And how the tricks of your trade, the skills of your craft, the artistry of your art won’t address them. No business advice comes close to curing them. Yet, those who suffer from these droughts and frustrations produce like geniuses once they know how. I’ve seen it over and over again in workshops and in the two creative communities I run. Beating Business Block Willpower, time management, production push or efficiency are not the answer to business block. These all have their place but they…

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Creative Business Block 7: Type Six: The Stop-Starts

You have fertile periods and long stretches where you produce very little. And you’re in the middle of a dry spell now. Or productive, but dreading the day when it stops. Ebb is, of course, the natural response to flow, but your downtime is not natural rhythm or good creative rest. You experience it not as replenishment but as exhaustion, or indolence, or procrastination. Everywhere there’s a sense of flatness. You may be superstitious. Creatives are famous for these rituals–Ernest Hemingway famously used to sharpen 20 pencils before sitting to write, Stravinsky played a Bach fugue, the same one each morning, before…

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Creative Business Block 6: Type Five: Underdeveloped Projects

You’re turning out one weak or incomplete project after another. This is not down to neglecting the work. In fact, you might be driving yourself at a fierce pace. Neither is this just your subjective opinion: the inevitable disjunction all creatives experience when they survey the work they’ve produced and compare it to the vision they originally had when they started. Iris Murdoch said “every book is a wreck of a perfect idea”. Every business too. But we can be happy and thriving within that perfect imperfection. No, that’s not what you’re experiencing. Something else is at play here. The trouble lies in…

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Creative Business Block 5: Type Four: Fizzled Out

You’ve worked out what you want to do, got started on a project or campaign, and taken it all the way through the seven stages of the process. It was a success, and you were proud. Or, at minimum, proud that you finished. Okay, it wasn’t as good as you hoped, but not as bad as you feared, and you learned a lot for next time. Except next time isn’t happening. You can’t seem to go again. You fear it’s over for you. In 1952, Ralph Ellison published Invisible Man, an important novel about an African-American man whose color renders him…

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Creative Business Block 3: Type Two: Can’t Get Going

You’ve identified your niche but you can’t get started. You know what you want to do with your life. Either you’ve always known or you’ve worked it out. For some reason, though, you can’t seem to get going. You are not alone. In big business too there’s a concept called The Knowing-Doing Gap. Companies study all kinds of ways to improve. They hire consultants and hold seminars, and start programs… but don’t actually make the changes they most want to make. They know what to improve, but don’t actually implement it. Instead we: read about various programs and ways of approach. feel guilty…

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How NOT to Launch A Book

It’s mid-afternoon in San Francisco and this evening at 6.30pm a collection of writers, Irish musicians and readers will get together to launch After The Rising & BeforeThe Fall. And to kick off the SF Chapter of The Alliance of Indie Authors. How NOT to Launch: Part One The first time I launched a novel, it was in Dublin back in 2005. I still remember the encouraging faces smiling up at me from a room full of goodwill, many of them family and friends who knew how long that night had been in coming. It had been a full three…

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Only in San Francisco

I’m awake in the middle of the San Francisco night, maybe because my body’s still on London time, maybe because the moon is shining in the window. No matter. As always, I’m over-the-moon delighted to be here.   My relationship with this city began before I ever came here, with TV images and information leaking across the Atlantic from America to Ireland: The peace and love, long hair and free spirits of the hippie movement were a flow of fresh air to a child growing up in the caustic silence of late 1960s rural Ireland. San Francisco’s role as the epicenter…

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