27 Creative Guidelines

Creative guidelines

Tweet I’ve been inspired this week by the Creative Catalyst Circle – my new Facebook group, and by Allison Crow Flanigan’s “BE Team” group (which is all about pulling back from the insanity of busyness, stress and ‘nexting’) to create this set of creative guidelines: No pushing. No striving. No nexting. More BEing. More joyful creation. More childish glee. More “look what I did”. Less “I have only done…” More “I have made progress” Less “I’m not finished yet (and I should be)” Create with joy. Create for joy. Create because inspiration moves you. Let yourself off the hook for … Read More

Attack of the what if’s

Attack of the what if's

Tweet Did you ever have an attack of the ‘what-if’s? For example: what if no one buys my book, what if my product bombs, what if I make a fool of myself, what if my business fails, what if I’m not good enough? Everyone has these worries – even Harry Potter before his first Quidditch game! But what if people do buy…and what if the product sells well? What if your business succeeds? What if you are perfectly suited to what you’re trying to achieve? What if you don’t make a fool of yourself? For that matter, what if you … Read More

When You’re Finished, But Not Quite Finished

Finished not finished

Tweet So, I finished the project I’ve been working on for the last …oh, months! Yay! Well, you’d think it’d be ‘yay’…but actually it’s “yay! I’m finished…except for these last few bits. Bugger”. That’s the thing that pisses me off about being finished…you’re never quite finished. I mean, there’s an end point you work towards – the book is complete, the transcription/workbook is complete, the project is ‘done’. But that’s not the end. There’s editing and formatting and file loading and sharing and telling people and all manner of faff-tastic tasks that just rub the gloss of the joy of … Read More

What Is Blocking Your Creative Pipeline?

What's blocking your creative pipeline

Tweet I do these amazing Creative Catalyst sessions, and I’m endlessly fascinated by how deeply creative people are and also by how deeply creative they don’t think they are! And for most people, the ideas are already there. The problem is that we have all sorts of things that are blocking the creative pipe. Everybody has access to this creative pipe – it’s not a special gift that only some people can tap into. Some are certainly better at it, but everyone has access to it. But most of us block that pipe with excuses, old unhelpful beliefs, judgement, fear, … Read More

Tapping Into The Infinite Creative Well

The infinite creative well

Tweet As recently as 3 years ago, I thought I wasn’t that creative. I’d been blogging for years, I’d written 2 ebooks and enough articles to fill 6 books, I’d had all sorts of creative ideas…but I wasn’t ‘creative’. Ok, I could write a bit, but other creative pursuits were off limits as “I’m no good at” them. Then I learnt (thanks to the fabulous Jamie Ridler) it’s not about getting it right, it’s about expressing your creativity and having fun with it. Many of us were shut down as kids when we tried something and someone else said it … Read More