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Creative Living: Monday Motivator

Monday Motivator: What Are You Creating This Week?

Download your weekly Go Creative Maps here Scroll down to find your weekly creative work map, together with creative rest and creative play maps too. This week I’m on the finishing stretch for How To Create Anything which is going to my new editor at the end of the month. I’ll also be creating some fun time in my favorite American city, San Francisco. The conference is now over and it’s time for a day or two’s relaxation. (Here’s a post about why I just love this city) I’m hooking up with Roving Jay too. She’s in LA these months and has travelled up to SF so…

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Walk Up To Episode 13 of The Go! Creative Show: How To Turn Failure Into Creative Failure

Ever failed? Yeah, me too. Everyone who’s ever created anything meaningful will tell you that failure is totally part of the process. Our aim as creativists is not to eradicate failure but to harness it, to use it to fuel the next step of our inexorable, non-negotiable, not-gonna-let-this-derail-me progress towards creating what we truly want. This means treating failure as a mirror, a feedback system. In this week’s Go Creative! Show I’ll be talking about two recent fails of mine, one everyday, one that felt rather epic. And exploring how they differ — and should be treated differently. All failure is…

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Mind Mapping Your Creative Intentions

Key questions as you map your creative intentions for any project are: what am I trying to achieve here? what am I trying to express?  what exactly is the problem I am trying to solve?  what would I like the finished project to achieve?  where might this project take me? what might I make of it? What might it make of me?

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The Creative Power of Seven

Why are there so many sevens in the Go Creative way? Seven stages of the creative process?  Seven ages of life?  Seven mindsets? And all the Go Creative! guidelines mostly given out in sevens? Seven is said to be the lucky number but creators don’t believe in luck, per se.  (We don’t believe in any concept… instead we experiment  and observe). There are so many sevens in the Go Creative! books for the same reason that there are so many sevens in Harry Potter. And that there are seven notes in the musical scale, seven planets visible to the naked eye, seven colours in the spectrum…

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Do you have an equality complex?

We all know what a superiority complex is… and can easily see that it drains creative energy. Thinking you are better than others is one of the fastest ways to shut down your capacity for experimentation and collaboration, two key creative traits. Also problematic is its opposite, an inferiority complex, which is a hive-bed for fear, resistance and self-sabotage. But what about the equality complex? I didn’t even know there was such a thing until I heard it described by Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), who pointed out that it too required you to see yourself as separate from (some group of) others and…

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Wild swimming in Florida

As many of you know I love wild swimming…. or as we used to call it in Ireland where I grew up, er, swimming. So when I was invited to speak at the NINC conference I didn’t have to think twice. Not only was it Florida in October, but the very wise women who run this great association hold their conference literally on the beach. I’ll be reporting on the conference over at The Author Advice Centre’s blog on Monday. In between conference sessions, I’ve been running the sands and swimming the waves each day. (No that’s not me in the pic…

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Music For Creativity & Creative Focus

I came to The Many Rivers Ensemble, Through the work of Kimba Arem, who did the music for my Inspiration Meditation CD. This isn’t music to put on in the background as an aid to focus and concentrate but something to play with your eyes closed before you get started, to get you into the create state. (Warning: effortless exercise may occur!)

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My Muse The Mop

I was at a conference recently where a very eminent (and sporting) author agreed to write and perform a poem on a topic chosen by the audience — within 30 minutes. “Oh,” she wailed to me backstage, panicked by her daring. “If only I had a floor to mop.” Neuroscience confirms what creatives of all kinds have always known: the best ideas surface more often during off-time (Creative Rest) and down-time (Creative Play) than desk-time (Creative Work). Creative rest can be daydreaming, taking a nap, mulling … or mopping. Research shows that a good flow of quality ideas is also nurtured…

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