How to form a ‘Non Routine’ Creative Routine

  Last week’s blog looked at the benefits of a creative routine, and how it worked for some well known creatives. The idea being that having a set routine helped the muse arrive, gives the creative time and space for their ‘thing’ and hence they would create more. And...

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How to ‘Win’ at Daily Challenges

Do you want to - write fiction for 30 days, or a blog post for 365, post to Instagram for 100, knit every day for a month, or run every day? Yes? Good. Because there is a daily challenge out there for you, and pretty much anything else you might want to do more of....

Forming a Habit with The 100 day Challenge

You Need a Habit After all, that is what everyone tells you to have - a regular creative habit. There are entire books written about the psychology of habits, how to develop them and how to stick to them. Believe me, I have read, and tried to follow several. Some say...

What Type of Creative Are You?

easel.ly What is a Creative Person? When I say to people that I've written a book about being more creative, I usually get the same reaction. They are initially curious and interested.Then they either say 'Oh i wish I had more time for my (fill in blank of creative...

My 100 Day Habit Building Challenge

How long does it take to build a habit? 21 days, 30 days? How about 100 days? Like many of you, I have struggled in the past with maintaining 'good' habits. The 'bad' ones are far too easy to develop because they are usually the lazy, (stay in bed longer), delicious...

A Workout for the Frazzled Mind

I've been reading Ruby Wax's latest book 'Frazzled'. It's a follow-up to her previous book New Sane World. That one was about her own depression battles and her studies of psychology. It was a mixture of humorous tales and science, making a difficult subject very...

Where Does Your Time Go?

TIME along with money seems to be the thing most people want more of. Yet we all have the same amount (unlike money), so it is really down to WHAT we do with it. Have you ever had a day where you seem to fit loads in as if time has stretched to fit your wants? Yet on...

What I Learned From Going to a Regular Art Class

My Art Class Experiment Draws to a Close I have written before about my art class, and the challenge I set myself to go along. As well as wanting to improve my drawing, it also showed how facing up to my fear of exposing my work is a good 'uncramping' exercise. Well,...

The Uncramping Continues…

Last week I wrote about the impact of David Bowie on my creativity, and also how his death affected me. I spent the rest of the week listening to his music and being cheered by both it and how many other people seemed to feel exactly as I did. Grief for someone you...

RIP David Bowie – A True Creative Genius

  The world lost a musical and cultural icon this week. One thing you need to know about me is that I have been a lifelong David Bowie fan. Ever since I heard my brother's Bowie albums when I was around 3. I didn't know who this funny looking, brightly coloured person...