10 easy ways to fill your creative well…and feel better too

Photo on 26-02-2016 at 09.55Well…let’s go down to business. Not necessarily in the “right” order. Take your pick. Try at least one and report results.

  1. Look and feel around you. Make a haiku (poem of seventeen syllables, 5-7-5) about your here and now. Use your senses.
  2. Fill your cup (with something nutritious and nice)
  3. See/k the Truth
  4. Look for Beauty…and failing that Truth, even if ugly
  5. Listen to what is around you. What can you actually hear right now where you are? Make tinystories or tinypictures for the sounds.
  6. Smell the roses. They are there. Everywhere.
  7. Make bread. And eat it. Honestly, try this.
  8. Tidy up your bookshelf…and see what happens.
  9. Giveaway your favourite books to your local café with a note what you liked about them and an invite for a friendly cuppa, and see what happens. Fear not.
  10. Stretch your body, move to the music, even if (only….only? only?!) your inner one, sing along to it. Hum at least. Use your voice to voice the body feelings. See what happens. You may end up dancing, crying, laughing…or just slumping and resting. All is allowed.

P.S. My favourite books are already here (The HillStation Cafe…SE14 on the top of Telegraph Hill, London)…hint hint.


10 Ways to (not) procrastinate on writing your book, aka Wassup?

1,Writing and not blogging. And 2, Artist’s Waying and artist swaying and recovering yet on another level.

Ad 1, Since the end of May I have been rewriting the #becometheartistyouare challenge manual, aka THE BOOK. It is going well. Procrastination galore. I nearly managed to paint the whole flat too. Oh, and wash the windows. That kind of well.

But today I have given myself a last internal (bleeding) deadline. End of this week. Can be done. Already logged another five hundred words just so, in half an hour. It “just” needs to be written…and perhaps that is what I resist. I think I know the outcome…but also know the process shall guide me. Just need to do it.

Slow and steady. Well that sounds a bit like Strong and Stable…my arse. I choose the Speedy Gonzales approach. To get the  rest of the (second) first draft out of the way.

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Ad 2, On a more personal note, I am co-running the Artist’s Way group again. This time at The Hillstation Cafe, SE14, I believe. Every Wednesday at 9:30 for two hours. Pop in. We are just doing Week Five. You can jump on the wagon with Recovering the sense of Possibilities. We have been three so far…and magic has been happening.  If you need more info about the process, check out my older blog post here.

I really really am looking forward to meeting you in my list (with the Arting Newsletter) and/or in person at the HS. Sooner or later.


Wait…Where are the other eight ways to not procrastinate on your book?


3, jot it. Have a notebook and write longhand in small bits of time you have on your hands during the day away from your computer.

4, log it in your calendar, commit to say an hour a day for writing/typing up. Calculate how this is going to take based on your typing speed.

5, keep track of how much you write daily and give yourself golden or even better, rainbowy, stars

6, after each writing session, reward yourself with a cup of lovely green jasmine tea, or a shot of tequila, the choice is yours, and possibilities are endless (Have I mentioned I was Week 5)

7, revisit your vision for your book, and yourself after you have written it. If you have not created one. Create it now. Visually and stick it on your bathroom mirror.

8, this should have been number 0, but here you go: reflect on what is actually stopping your from writing and address that. Self-coaching. Yes, you do know the answers.

9, Smile at your computer screen. It will smile back. honest.

10. Close all the other apps, emails and distraction, wrote destruction, yes I did, shit. You know which ones. You do. Do it NOW.

Ok, so, there. There were ten. After all.

I am going to report back at the end of the week the latest, ok? Accountability check. Or reality one.