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: 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 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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planning a creative week
: Creative Business, Monday Motivator

Monday Motivator: What Are You Creating This Year?

What are your creative intentions for 2018? This year, to accompany the publication of the Go Creative! Series, I’m going to be offer you a deep dive into my method for mapping creative productivity: in your projects in the publishing that takes new of your projects out into the world in the enterprise that supports your projects and your publishing This Go Creative! workshop will be completely free, and run on the first Tuesday of each month throughout the year. And remember: if you need support, motivation or accountability, we offer it in the Creativist Club. Sondra has moved on…

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creative routine
: Creative Business

The Importance of Creative Routine

The difference between a creative entrepreneur who produces regularly, and one who does not, is creative routine. My Creative Day Here’s how it goes for me, on a good creative day. I wake up around 6am and as soon as I can, ideally before thoughts start to rise, I go to the cushion for some inspiration meditation. Or sometimes, I’ll skip the cushion and do yoga nidhra instead, lying still in bed under the covers. One method or another, the intention is to hold thought at bay, to stay connected while awake to the create-state that’s elevated by sleep, to…

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Creative Process Is Messy
: Creative Business

The Creative Process Is Messy

I ran my first online Go Creative! workshop on Tuesday, something I’ll be doing every first Tuesday this year. It was not my finest hour. Squeezed preparation time due to too much Christmas frolics and an unexpected family obligation was topped off by technical challenges in the middle of the workshop. Let’s just say that things did not go according to plan. I’m managing not to mind, and it’s helping that it’s part of what I want to do here, as I publish my long awaited Go Creative book series and bed down the Creativist Club: show the misfires as well as the…

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: Creative Business, Creative Practice, Creative Presence

Cultivating the Create State

This is Part Eleven in the Power of Creative Intention series. Read Part Ten here.  As well as ignorance of the creative process, one of the main reasons we see our projects flounder, is that we are not trained in how to access the deep power of our creative mind. Conscious creation is not about working relentlessly to meet goals. Though effort is needed, it’s not the conventional effort of striving, stress, or strain. To choose the creative way is to acknowledge that though, yes, we frame our intentions, it’s our subconscious mind that does most of the heavy lifting. That’s…

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: Creative Business, Go Creative Tips

Creative Coaching Tip 99: Overwhelm? Divide Your Project Into Seven

Mapping Your Intention You already worked out how long your project will take. Now, if your creative intention is a big one, your aim is divide it down and down and down again. Until you have a map for the seven months ahead and you know what you need to make in each month to see it from desire to done. There’s a map for that [download below]! Doing this exercise is intensely clarifying. It always makes us feel better as we dissolve confusion and overwhelm and regain creative control. A month is a manageable amount of time to hold in…

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: Creative Business

Carry Your Creative Intentions From Day To Day

At the end of every work wave, look forward, across the play and rest you’ll enjoy between now and the next 90 minutes. Decide what that wave will be. This sets up a link between what you are doing now and what comes next and sets up your subconscious to do the heavy lifting while you’re resting and playing. Hemingway called it “leaving ink in the well” and when writing a long work aimed “always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that…

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: Creative Business

Go Creative Tip: Work in 90 Minute Waves

In his pioneering research on sleep, more than 50 years ago, the creative scientist Nathaniel Kleitman discovered what he called the “basic rest-activity cycle”. As we sleep, and also in our waking lives, we pass through 90 minute periods of higher to lower alertness. At night, we move progressively through five stages of sleep, from light to deep, and then out again. (That’s why it’s important to get a full night’s sleep) And by day, our bodies operate by the same 90 minute rhythm. Once we waken, we move from higher to lower alertness every 90 minutes. This is now…

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: Creative Business, Go Creative Tips

Go Creative Tip: Do Your Number One Thing First

I begin every work day, by giving 90 minutes to my writing. No matter what else is going on. If I have to attend something early in the morning (though I avoid this by only setting appointments for the afternoon) I get up 90 minutes earlier. This is the creative principle of First Things First When I started doing some years ago, after reading the advice online, it changed everything for me. Everybody has things they want you to do, including your con-mind. I get more done during that first 90 minutes work period of the day, and feel more satisfied…

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