The mind is the most capricious of insects - flitting, fluttering.

Virginia Woolf

Three Words

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you.  Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live only as you can. – Neil Gaiman Given that I was completely short-changed in the attention span department it comes as a complete surprise […]

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Fill your pages with the breathings of your heart – William Wordsworth I’ve been keeping a journal in various forms since I was nine years old, although early efforts weren’t entirely successful.  My first was a nature journal which I quickly grew tired of when I became bored with communing with Mother Nature. It did get […]

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Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. – Barbara Kingsolver I believe that words can bring joy, sorrow, ecstasy or misery; be used as weapons or an artistic tool; create beauty and […]

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Finding …

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. – H. L. Hunt Let me relate to you the Moral of the Miserable Metallurgist – Way back when Noah was in nappies and I was in my second year of grammar school, we were, […]

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Endings Can Create …

Endings are beginnings, and beginnings are ours to turn into something good. – Elizabeth Chandler (from Everlasting) Endings are a perfect foundation on which to lay any beginnings you may have in mind, but the very word ‘Ending’ can actually conjure up rather negative connotations so I want to have a little look at how […]

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Looking Back, Dreaming Forward

I dare to dream greatly; I dare to fail greatly. I dare to tolerate the ashes of my unfulfilled dreams, for I may dream again. I dare not tolerate the ashes of my unfulfilled life, for I may never live again. – Philippos Syrigos During my third year of junior school we were encouraged to […]

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Creativity is for Everyone

Creativity is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought. – Albert Einstein Way back when, I believed that creativity was the sole preserve of those who either wrote books, painted, squeezed out a tune or two or built things, which meant I avoided anything remotely connected to the ‘C’ […]

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Notebookery …

Keep a notebook.  Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain.  Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory. – Jack London In 1956 a guy called George Miller put forward a theory that […]

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Pigeon Hole Paper

Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. – A A Milne You are probably wondering what setting up a system of paper management has to do with creativity but, believe me, the biggest benefit from getting organised is that it frees up […]

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Who Me?

There’s no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them. – Seth Godin I had never, ever been one of those people who considered running a business – it just wasn’t in my life plan and, quite frankly, never would have been if it hadn’t been for a comment by a lady […]

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Introduction

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. – Colin Powell Welcome to The Business of Being Creative – a series about how I started my business and, importantly, how I developed it.  I’ve always been a bit reluctant to give chapter and verse about […]

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