Ignore the noise. The first thing to do is work out what your 'noise' is. So what is the 'noise'? The 'noise' maybe different for each one of us. To be the most creative you can be, you might need silence. I need music. My first completed novel was written to an Ellie Goulding album… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – Ignore the Noise.
I've been thinking a lot recently about the 'one thing'. There is so much advice out there telling us to focus on one thing and become a master of it - this is the path of the successful. There is no shortage of examples to prove this 'rule'. But what if your creativity takes you… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! The One Thing.
I think being creative is often the easiest part. Generally, I have no shortage of ideas and inspiration, whether it is writing or art. The problem comes in that they are often like a shoal of fish and I am in the middle of them. Even sharks find grabbing hold of just one of those… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – Lots of Fish but only One Shark.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIVUK We are used to productivity gurus and time-management geniuses giving us the number one rule - have one main thing on your list, have five things, have as many as you can think of but only to the top two, etc. etc.… Continue reading Daily Verse – Three Things on Your To-Do List.
This is an easy piece of advice to agree with. Until we open a drawer, or look in a cupboard, or try and find a file on our computers. There are lots of reasons and theories about how and why we accumulate so much stuff and our parents, spouses or partners, and professionals, telling us… Continue reading Discard What You Don’t Need.
It is a common catchphrase - which came first, the chicken or the egg? - which appears to have a simple answer, either way, until you come to justify it. Apparently, it was Plutarch which first posed the question in the 1st Century AD, addressing the problems of origin and first cause. Aristotle, writing four… Continue reading The ‘Chicken and the Egg’ Guide for Creatives?
A new month. The summer is over. Autumn may be beginning but this month is also a time for beginnings. In the UK, September is the start of the new academic year. New uniforms, new teachers, moving up age grades. New knowledge and skills being learnt. I decided to start a few new things out… Continue reading What’s New in September?
It is traditional when entering a Japanese home to take off your shoes and place them together, neatly, inside the hallway. These shoes should also be pointing out of the building, prepared and ready for your outward journey. Creative types come in all shapes and sizes - like people really, There is a romantic notion… Continue reading Line Up Your Shoes.
In Japanese writing the character for 'busy' includes the characters for 'lose' and 'heart'. To be busy is literally to lose heart. In western society busy has come to mean working hard, becoming successful, going places. Busy also means stressed, rushed, no time to think. For creative people 'busy' can still mean working in our… Continue reading Busy = Lose + Heart.
Mindfulness is the new mantra covering a lot of areas from simple meditation to a mental health checklist. Some meditation and mindfulness techniques exhort you to think of 'nothing'. Hit the eco-setting, dim the screen, go to a blank screen rather than screensaver. If you are a creative then this is probably impossible. If you… Continue reading Creative Mindfulness.