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On The Go Creative! Show This Week: Episode 7, Forming Good Creative Habits

This week’s episode of The Go Creative! Show is about creative writing, encouraging your creative growth whether you journal or free-write, or actually write for a living. Today our theme is how to establish and strengthen good creative habits and, as always, the show explores principles that can be applied, no matter what you’re creating. Dan Blank of www.wegrowmedia.com offers three creative writing can-dos, while I offer free-writing prompts that explore your own creative habits, and how they can be improved. And the show finishes with a reading from my novel “Blue Mercy”, where the protagonist is struggling with her own challenges, talking about how such…

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How To Go Creative Interview With Tom Evans on The Zone Show

Dropped into Tom Evans’s The Zone Show today to talk about the creative process, creativism, going creative, the upcoming creativist club and how to create what you want. There’s also a reading of a poem — Yoo Hoo! — which I’ll publish on the blog next time. Always great to talk to Tom, who has such a deep understanding of the creative process himself. There may be an ad at the beginning (from Tom’s host) that you can ignore … just start a couples of minutes in. And while you’re there, do check out all the wonderful interviews and information in The Zone.

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What Is Creativism?

Creativism is the adoption of creative principles and practices as a way of life, applying the creative process to everything. I started to use the “creativist” term when I began my blog back in 2008, to distinguish this everyday application of the process from “creativity”, which most people associate with music, art and creative writing. What is it that artists, writers and musicians do? They transform materials — paint, music, stone, film, words — into something new. Something that didn’t exist before, that expresses something deep and true and particular to them, that connects them to others. A creativist does the…

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Be More Creative Guest. This week… Know Your Gift With Virginia Woolf

Know Your Creative Gift with Virginia Woolf Mrs Dalloway contemplates the dinner party she will throw later: “But to go deeper, beneath what people said (and these judgements, how superficial, how fragmentary they are!) in her own mind now, what did it mean to her, this thing she called life? “Oh, it was very queer. Here was So-and-so in South Kensington; some one up in Bayswater; and somebody else, say, in Mayfair.” And she felt quite continuously a sense of their existence and she felt what a waste; and she felt what a pity; and she felt if only they…

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Healing Genius

One of the best reasons to engage in conscious creation is its ability to heal an internal wound, to fix what is broken, to make the fractured whole. Those who distinguish between ‘great’ versus ‘therapeutic’ art deny this. They want to draw a line: the poor efforts of the emotionally incontinent and artistically illiterate on one side, the masterpieces of genius on the other. Except that many of the ‘greats’ have been humble enough to acknowledge that Read More

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Go Creative… With Michael Cunningham

Last Time: Go Creative… With John Cleese “My mother was a homemaker, the sort of woman [Virginia] Woolf referred to as “the angel of the house”, who, like many such house angels, had given herself over to a life that was too small for her. “She had always seemed to me like an Amazon queen, captured and brought to a suburb, where she was forced to live in an enclosure that could not contain her, and yet ineluctably did. “My mother … could spend half a day deciding on 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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