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march go creative workshop
: Creative Business

Tomorrow: Go Creative! Workshop 2018:3: Creative Director Quarter-Projects

Our next Go Creative! Workshop: “Mapping Your Creative Business: The Coming  Quarter: Creative Director” is tomorrow evening, March 14th, at 6pm London time. Register Here Register now Last month we looked at the three hats a business owner must wear: creative crafter, creative director and creative entrepreneur. This month, we’ll be drilling down into the Creative Director’s role and planning your quarter-projects, wearing your creative director’s hat. We’ll also be looking at the role of assets, processes and tools in your creative business, thinking about some ways you might improve each of those, and breaking your quarterly intentions down into projects and assignments for…

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: Creative Business

Mapping Your Creative Business 9: Today

The weekly intention map left room for three assignments a day, if you work full time. Or one, if you work on your creative business part-time. You’d rather do more, perhaps, but usually more turns out to be less. Try this creative containment for a while and see. Download the day maps here.   Imagine the flow of the day in advance. Ask yourself what’s most exciting and interesting and important. Block set times for engagments: email, phone calls, social media First and foremost: when are you going to do your MIT, most important thing? Make your mapping session a…

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mapping a creative week
: Creative Business

Mapping Your Creative Business 8: The Coming Week

Each Monday on the blog and in the Creativist Club, we ask the question, What Are You Creating This Week. And each Friday, we return to the questions to find out how the week went. Maybe you’re in a day job and you don’t work on your creative business Monday to Friday but your work, and your whole life, will benefit greatly from a weekly creative plan. Setting 30 minutes aside on a Sunday, Monday or whatever day you choose, in order to plan the week ahead will save you endless wasted time during the week. Having divided your monthly…

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Mapping Your Creative Business Next Quarter
: Creative Business

Coming Soon: Go Creative! Workshop: Creative Director Quarter-Projects

The Creative Director’s Quarter Projects: That’s the focus of our next Go Creative! Workshop: “Mapping Your Creative Business: The Coming  Quarter: Creative Director” which will run on March 14th. Each month (usually on the first Tuesday but I’m away the first week of this month), I run a Go Creative! workshop that focuses on mapping and growing your creative business. Last month we looked at the three hats a business owner must wear: creative crafter, creative director and creative entrepreneur. This month, we’ll be drilling down into the Creative Director’s role and planning your quarter-projects, wearing your creative director’s hat. We’ll also be looking…

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creative business Pre-Intention
: Creative Business

Mapping Your Creative Business 2: Pre-Intention: True Wants

Before we begin working through the seven stages of creating a successful creative business, Let’s just check back in on the process of understanding creative intention and setting a clear creative intention If you’ve any confusion about what you should be doing to make a living, about your yur micro-niche and why it’s important to “go small”, about your customers, fans and followers, who you want to reach with your creative work, you may need some pre-intention work. Even if you (think you) know all this, you can find great clarity and value from this sort of deep exploration. Some people think…

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Creative Business
: Creative Business

Mapping Your Creative Business 1: Introduction

Over the coming days, I’m running a blog series to accompany the Go Creative! workshops. This series will take you through the stages of setting up, or gearing up, a successful creative business. Downloadable scorecards, maps and logs won’t just explain, but will take you through the process as you do the exercises given. The exercises, maps and logs are designed to steady you, to bring you, wave by dependable wave, through the seven stages from stating your intention (Stage One: “I intend to create a business that enables me to make a living doing what I love”) to being up…

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: Creative Business, Monday Motivator

2018: Week 6: What Are You Creating This Week?

Will this be a creative week for you? This week, my thoughts are all about my online Go Creative! workshop tomorrow night. Last month’s workshop hit a hitch, tech-wise, so Janet and I are testing madly today, to ensure that won’t happen again. The intention of this month’s event is to show you how to map the coming quarter, with a planning month and three making months, across the three functions of a creative business: craft, management and enterprise. Each of these functions requires you to wear a different “hat”:  You put on your Crafter Hat for IB Work: The work you need to do in your business:…

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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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Creative Publishing

Freshen Your Mind.

Henry James advised his readers to “Be one of those people on whom nothing is lost” and in her great, great book, Becoming A Writer, editor and early self-help guru Dorothea Brande, laid out the following method “of getting to that desirable state”. “Set yourself a short period each day when you will, by taking thought, recapture a childlike ‘innocence of eye’. Transport yourself back to the state of wide-eyed interest that was yours at the age of five… turn yourself into

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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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