Creativity · Inspiration

How to kickstart your creativity without having a meltdown

A few days ago, I shared how I go ‘weird’ if I’m not being creative. I drew a sad monster at the top of the post. Today sad monster is looking much happier as I’ve discovered an unbelievably easy way to overcome my resistance! How I discovered the technique  If you’ve read Oh Sugar! you’ll know I’m not a fan of strict diets. Quite… Continue reading How to kickstart your creativity without having a meltdown

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If you’re struggling right now, watch this

If you’re struggling right now. If you’re wondering what the point is. If you’ve got so far with your novel or painting but you’ve stopped because you’re plagued with self-doubt. And you don’t have the energy to write another word or paint another stroke. Watch this.

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Beautiful book sculptures

If you love books, fairy tales and magic (and if you don’t, what’s wrong with you?!), then you’ll love this. Su Blackwell creates exquisite book-sculptures, like the one above and below. Her cut-out paper designs depict magical fairy-tale forests and houses. I’ve followed her work for a while now and it is truly stunning. Here… Continue reading Beautiful book sculptures

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My favourite inspirational quotes

When I was a kid, I collected rocks. (I really did – unusual ones, fossilised ones and ones with sparkly bits in them.) Nowadays, I collect quotes. When the chips are down, people can’t always be relied on to say the right things. A quote will hit the spot every time. But you need to… Continue reading My favourite inspirational quotes

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“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination…”

Wild Geese You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world… Continue reading “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination…”

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What I learned today: we only get one shot at this

I spent most of today at work researching quotes about nature for a book about the great outdoors. Copyright rules state that you can only quote from a source who has been dead for 70+ years. So I found myself in the strange position of finding a great quote and then looking up the author… Continue reading What I learned today: we only get one shot at this

Inspiration · Writing

Listen to what Eddie Izzard has to say about talent

I stumbled across Nat Russo’s blog A Writer’s Journey last night, and read something so insanely inspiring, it needs to be shared! Nat went to see Eddie Izzard in concert last year and was lucky enough to attend a Q&A session with him after the show. The last question of the evening was this: “Do… Continue reading Listen to what Eddie Izzard has to say about talent

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Dancing towards a BIG LIFE

If you’re wondering if I ever made it to the salsa class on Monday night, I did! And it turned out to be one of the best decisions I never chickened out of. You know that blog post I wrote last week about living a big life? Well, I’ve found the perfect role models. Richard Marcel… Continue reading Dancing towards a BIG LIFE

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Making decisions that are as light as a feather

All my life – up until very, very recently – I have struggled to make decisions. Not being 100% sure of who I was or what I wanted, every decision was based on what I ought to do, or should do, or thought I should do. Any decision would involve hours of weighing up and… Continue reading Making decisions that are as light as a feather