Creative give-o-way from Lisa Sonora Beam

Lisa Sonora Beam celebrates her 100th post with a give-a-way. She is offering three free places in her Creative + Practice workshop. To find out more and have a chance of winning, head on over to her site, read up and make a comment.

100th episode give-a-way

Roz Morris and 7 essentials for writing a good novel

A wonderful post from Roz Morris with some essentials on writing a good novel. I particularly liked:

we need to harvest our emotional memories

This is something I regularly do in my journal, and for anyone out there wanting to write, it is, as Roz says, an essential for writing a good novel. Read the rest of her essentials in this great post.

7 essentials for writing a good novel

Melissa Dinwiddie’s Keys to Creative Flow

Melissa Dinwiddie is sharing a gift to the creative world. That, dear friends, is you. She has worked on and developed a series of ten rules for being creative in her own life. She’s sharing those rules with the rest of us, as her Keys to Creative Flow.

Not only are they ten great Keys, but she’s also put them into a lovely poster for you to enjoy, download and use. That’s it just below, but if you follow the link above, you’ll find out how she put the poster together. You’ll also find out how the Keys have helped Melissa become a creative producer and coach.


Three great creative posts for the end of January

There were three pages on these here Internets that caught my eye as January comes to a close. So with a brief introduction here they are. I hope you find them as helpful as I have.

Lisa Sonora Beam waxes lyrical about keeping a creative sketchbook. In this post she suggests that keeping such a journal opens up vast possibilities in our lives. She also has an exciting new course called Dreaming on Paper: The Creative Sketchbook, which you can find from the link above.

How to lose your muse in 10 days is a wonderful post by Scrivener and writing guru Gwen Hernandez. It’s simple, snappy and to the point. So if you want to find out how to get rid of your creative muse, go and take a look. And just to entice you a little more, she may be employing a little reverse psychology on this one. 

Not technically a link, but it’s here anyway. Free online vector graphics program, Mondrian, is just that. Adobe may have the professional end of the market sown up with Illustrator, but this little online app is quite neat. You can create vector images and export them to png or svg format. If you sign up for an account the ability to save is available.   

There are exciting things on the horizon for !maginality, so enjoy the links, stay creative and I’ll see you soon.

The Essentials for Writers

There is a great post over at Write to Done entitled A Bucket List for Writers. In it you’ll find the six core competencies for writing. These, give or take a little tweaking are essential for creative writing. Great post.

What pen should I use for my artwork?

Basil Fawlty: Where are the pens?
Sybil Fawlty: They’re in that box. It says “pens” quite clearly.
Basil Fawlty: Looks more like “Ben’s.”
Sybil Fawlty: Well when Ben comes, you can give it to him.
Fawlty Towers

You’ve either got a box of pens like John Cleese or you don’t.

You may have one or two lying around that are useful for the odd piece of drawing but what if you’d like to know which ones are the best? Well you need look no further than The Artist and The Monsters at Peonyblue. They have a wonderful post about pens that will leave you salivating your way over to a stationer to bulk up your collection. (Or is it only me who starts to salivate at the mention of stationery?)

So if you need to know the best pens around for your artwork, then take a look at this gorgeous list.

The Muse vs The Critic

There is an interesting post over at The Glamorous Life by Jenni Holbrook-Talty about where in our creative heads the muse and the critic sit. She suggests, following on from  research by a psychologist whose name has more consonants than a famous German philosopher, that they occupy opposite sides of the brain.

Now to complete a piece of creative work, we need both sides of our brain. However, these sides, the muse and the critic, don’t help each other out. So we need to first use the right side, the muse, and then the left side, the critic.

This sounds like plain and simple advice and it is, but how often have you sat down to do something and immediately said either ‘you can’t do that’ or ‘that’s not the way to do it’? Or come up with an idea for a story and before your first summary sentence is complete you’re editing it? I know I constantly struggle with this. Although there are one or two other deep issues that the awkward named psychologist could uncover when it comes to my inner voice!

There is a lot more in the article about how to work with the muse and the critic but you’ll need to follow the link below for that. In the meantime I’m off to have an idea and not edit it until the right side of my brain needs to take a break and have a cup of tea.

Read the full article here

Amazing timelapse painting from Pat Perry

The title says it all, watch and enjoy and be inspired.

Timelapse Painting Two from Pat Perry on Vimeo.

Overcoming musical writer’s block

A good start would be to try any of these 170+ ideas in an Oblique Strategies stylee from Synthgear.

Oblique Strategies for Electronic Music

Whatever you do, creativity is important

There is a lovely and inspiring post from Sarah Prout about the importance of creativity. This is just what you need on a Monday morning to bring things into perspective and begin to plan the week ahead.

Make sure that you don’t get bogged down with the ‘doing’ creativity. Creativity is also about ‘being’. Be inspired, be creative and be yourself. Don’t get lost in the busyness of each day.

Stop. Breath. Be inspired. Be.

The Importance of Creactivity