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Creative Living: Be More Creative, Maps For Creative Living

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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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 Read More

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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 Read More

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