Creativity · Inspiration

Watching what others are doing instead of creating our own art

I was reading Joanna Penn’s Business for Authors this morning when a sentence whacked me round the chops. Joanna was talking about how distractions such as twitter, facebook and the internet can swallow up hours of our time… Time spent “watching what others are doing instead of creating our own art.” This new take on distractions… Continue reading Watching what others are doing instead of creating our own art

Creativity · Writing

7 months into my year of change…

I am now just over the half way point in my 'year of change'. I also turned 44 last Sunday. This has put me in a reflective mood (i.e. ‘oh god, where has my life gone?!’) and I have been mulling over what I have achieved so far this year. For those of you who… Continue reading 7 months into my year of change…

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Being seen

I once dreamt that I was lying on a stage, singing. I think I was naked. I had crept up onto the stage and, thinking I was alone and it was safe, I had laid down at the front of the stage, with a microphone in one hand, and sung. I don’t know what I… Continue reading Being seen

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Why writers need to lie down as much as possible

I discovered something cool this morning. I woke up with a migraine (not cool.) It was one of those migraines where waves of queasiness wash over you every 5 minutes and if you try to read a book, your eyeballs start to bulge out of your head. So I put on an eye mask (used… Continue reading Why writers need to lie down as much as possible

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Do it (even if it gives you the heebeegeebees)

It has been a few weeks since I came back from holiday but I’m still feeling inspired by St Ives. Something about it has got under my skin and I am itching to create things! So far I’ve tried to satisfy this itch by rearranging the kitchen (admission: I find rearranging things very exciting) and by… Continue reading Do it (even if it gives you the heebeegeebees)

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How St Ives restored my mojo

Two weeks ago I went to St Ives in Cornwall for a break. (I didn’t blog about it because I needed a break from life and, more specifically, from staring at my computer screen.) Before the holiday I searched online for a place we could afford to rent - a tinsy winsy cottage with a… Continue reading How St Ives restored my mojo

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A staggeringly easy way to multiply the number of ‘aha!’ or ‘eureka!’ moments you have

A few days ago I posted a blog about how daydreaming can help with creativity. As I was writing it I remembered a more in-depth article I wrote on this topic a few years ago. Here it is for anyone wanting more info (apologies if it is a little stilted in places – at the time… Continue reading A staggeringly easy way to multiply the number of ‘aha!’ or ‘eureka!’ moments you have

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The power of daydreaming

If you’re a creative person you’re probably fond of the odd daydream. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably given yourself a hard time about this at some point or another. After all, you should be more focused. You should be more productive. You should be more…well, normal, quite frankly. The good news is,… Continue reading The power of daydreaming

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Obvious to you, amazing to others

(I am in love with this video. I may well have to marry it.) If you are a creative but think most of what you produce is utter drivel. If you sweat and feel nauseous at the thought of showing people your work. If you yearn to be like other creative people (i.e. bona fide geniuses who produce truly amazing… Continue reading Obvious to you, amazing to others

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You can’t hide the spark!

My boyfriend left me a cute note the other day:I love the “You cannot hide the spark” bit. But I beg to differ. Patently you can as I am doing a pretty good job of it right this moment. The whole point of this blog is for me to express myself but in reality I have had… Continue reading You can’t hide the spark!