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creatives aim high?
: Creative Business, Monday Motivator

Creatives Aim High Monday Motivator Week 18, 2019

Our theme for our Monday Motivator 2019 Week 18 is “Creatives Aim High?” (that question mark is important: see below). But first, this week’s creative intentions. Monday Motivator Week 18: Facebook Group In our Go Creative! in Business group, each Monday we outline our creative intentions to each other. And then we follow up on a Saturday with what we’ve actually accomplished during the week. What’s unique about our group is that our report is given under the three hats a creative entrepreneur must wear: that of Maker (who produces), Manager (who processes) and Maximizer (who promotes). Here are my creative…

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creating what you want
: Creative Business, Go Creative Tips

Seven Reasons You’re Not Creating What You Want

Here are seven reasons why you may not be creating what you want… and how to fix them: 1. YOU’RE LACKING CREATIVE INTELLIGENCE: By this, I mean the information you need about the creative process and how to engage and develop your own creative capacity. Without creative intelligence, you’re unclear about how conscious creation works. You haven’t learned the essential principles and practices. Result: You’re at a loss or confused. Recommendation: You need to get more information about the true nature of the creative process and how to align with it 2. YOU’RE LACKING CREATIVE AUTONOMY: By this, I mean control…

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creative business the creative way
: Creative Business

Doing Creative Business The Creative Way: Tools for Creative Entrepreneurs

I offer a variety of tools and learning resources for those who want to do creative business the creative way. Creative Business The Creative Way: Go Creative! Workshops These workshops are for creativepreneurs (people who run passion, mission and purpose centered businesses or non-profits). The workshops take place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month online at 7pm London time (Facebook Live Video) but the advice is timeless and you can catch up with the replays anytime. Conventional business advice often feels too mechanical and one-dimensional for creatives. Based on the principles and practices outlined in the Go Creative! in Business books, these monthly…

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Creative Christmas 2018
Creative Living: Creative Business

Creative Christmas 2018 | Indie Author & Poet Orna Ross

Each year, I have to stop, and get mindful, to ensure I enjoy a creative Christmas. By that, I don’t mean making Yule logs or homemade Christmas crackers. Going creative is not just for work, it’s for life and having a creative Christmas in this sense means deciding what you want to make happen and doing what’s necessary for the outcome you want. Sometimes that means having a few goes at something before you get it right. Try. Fail. Repeat. Fail better. Same always, whatever you’re making. Until you decide you don’t want that outcome any more. The blog is…

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creative pace
: Creative Business, Productivity For Creative People

Creative Pace for Creative Entrepreneurs: Do You Need to Speed Up? Or Slow Down?

We hear so much about productivity these days and there is a widespread assumption that going faster (and then faster again) is the best creative pace for creative entrepreneurs. But this is by no means always the case. Sometimes what we need is to slow right down. Getting creative around pace means getting conscious around pace: deciding in advance the optimal pace for an activity. How do you decide what pace is right? Generally, routine tasks should be batched and zipped through, and deep work requires you to clear the decks and breathe a little. But there are exceptions. Preparation…

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How Do You Use Social Media
: Creative Business, Monday Motivator

Doing Creative Business The Creative Way: How Do You Use Social Media?

How do you use social media? When I started out, I used them all in similar ways. Now I do quite different things on different platforms. As I write across so many genres, that’s very useful to me but I think the principle holds through for everyone. Take my Facebook Author page as an example.  I used to have a bookshop in it, which nobody ever used. I now use it for my monthly Facebook Live events, and that’s far more enjoyable and effective for me. Below I outline the strategy worked out with Alexa and Belinda, for the Alliance of Independent…

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creative business workshop
: Creative Business, Events & Courses

Creative Business Workshop June: How A Successful Creativepreneur Thinks & Works

This month’s creative business workshop was slightly ahead of its regular slot as I was travelling on Tuesday, to speak at the Readmagine conference (more about that next time). This month, the workshop focus was on how creative entrepreneurs think about creativity and business. It followed on from last month’s session, where we looked at the seven blocks to any creative endeavor, especially business, and used f-r-e-e-writing to explore attitudes to creative business, taking those two words — “creative” and “business” apart to look at where they diverge, where they connect. Creative Business Challenges All this might seem quite removed…

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creative business workshop
: Creative Business, Events & Courses

Creative Business Success Workshop

It’s workshop week! This month it’s running on Monday (today) instead of Tuesday, as tomorrow I’m off to Madrid for a conference about self-publishing in Spanish. I’ll have more information on that next week… as it’s something we should all be thinking about, Spanish being the world’s 2nd most spoken language. And you know I believe that we all need to publish these days, no matter what business we’re in. Understanding the Spanish market can open up a great raft of readers and customers. From Business Block to Money Flow Part One: How A Successful Creativepreneur Thinks & Works is…

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how to unleash creativity
Creative Living: Health and Wellness

Creative Cancer 2: Denial: The Body Never Lies

In the summer of 2008, I was in a bookshop, looking for a book about the connections between diet and cancer. I’d recently been diagnosed and wanted to support my treatment (chemo, radiation, herceptin, tamoxifen) with holistic healing methods too. Scanning the titles before me, my attention was snagged by a stand of books over by the wall, that had nothing to do with cancer. But it was like a scene in a movie. The title of one book on the stand, which I could barely read from where I was, seemed to expand to ten times its size, to jump up…

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James Ogilvy's tips for running a creative business
: Creative Business

Doing Creative Business With Luxury Guru James Ogilvy

Too much of our work amounts to the drudgery of arranging means toward ends, mechanically placing the right foot in front of the left and the left in front of the right, moving down narrow corridors toward narrow goals. Play widens the halls. Work will always be with us, and many works are worthy. But the worthiest works of all often reflect an artful creativity that looks more like play than work. Creative Business Tips from James: 1. Use digital media to communicate your brand values and to differentiate yourself from the mainstream. 2. Build on personality. This is the…

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