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 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.
Yesterday was the last day of September. It has passed quickly. There is more darkness and the rains have returned. The end of a month is like walking through a doorway. Your back is to where you have come from and there is quickly a barrier between you and it. You are now in a… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – The October Country.
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?
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 NIVUK In this verse the Apostle Paul is teaching, and reminding, believers that our world and lives are more… Continue reading Daily Verse – Struggle.
Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalms 100:2 NIVUK The Hebrew word translated here as ‘worship’ - ‘iḇ·ḏū - is more correctly ‘to serve’ - to be linked together in a close bond. We are to be bonded to serve God with gladness - bə·śim·ḥāh - with pleasure, rejoicing, joyfulness. King… Continue reading Daily Verse – Gladness and Singing.
I've been trying to write an update of where I currently am creatively for over a week. Literally, the words have failed me. I've struggled to even write a handful of words. I've reflected upon the reasons for my sudden wordly-mutism. The closest reason I can come to is that it is like having another… Continue reading Words Fail Me.
A month or so back, I began the 500 Word Challenge. This was a writing challenge to myself to write for approximately 15-20 minutes, about whatever was in my head at the time. Sometimes the result was fiction. Sometimes it wasn't. Sometimes it took longer. Sometimes it wasn't just 500 words. It turns out there… Continue reading 500 Word Challenge – The Old Man.
I have taken once again to writing my reflections upon a verse of the Bible each week day. As always I write what I most need to hear and do. I am conscious of more focus on individual words in this phase of writing than before. Then the whole verse was in consideration. Now it… Continue reading Creativity Update.