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July Inspiration for Conscious & Creative Writers

July 22, 2014

Vintage inscription made by old typewriterFreedom to Write

“There is freedom in being a writer and writing. It is fulfilling your function.

I used to think freedom meant doing whatever you want. It means knowing who you are, what you are supposed to be doing on this earth, and then simply doing it.”

Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

Conscious Writers prioritise knowing their true nature, and then take awakened action – on the page and in the world – without procrastination.

To your conscious & creative success!

PS Please take a moment to add your comments below here.

Filed under: inspiration — Tags: , , , — Julia @ 8:06 am

* New * Best of 2013 Interviews for Conscious & Creative Writers

July 14, 2014


The IACCW Speakers Series:
Best of 2013 Interviews for Conscious & Creative WritersIACCW_best-of13_packshot_WEB

Enjoy this year’s selection of exclusive interviews with successful authors and international experts who all share their knowledge and experience to enable you to succeed as a conscious and creative writer.  Includes interviews with:

  • Publisher of Aspire Magazine and founder of Inspired Living Publishing, Linda Joy who speaks on Authenticity & Collaboration: Feminine Marketing Tools for Conscious Writers to Reach their Ideal Readers
  • Multiple-award-winning author of 19 books, Stephen Harrod Buhner who speaks on Ensouling Language: The Art of Non-Fiction for Conscious Writers
  • Creativity coach, teaching artist, speaker and author, Rosanne Bane, M.A. who speaks on What Conscious Writers Need to Know About Writer’s Block
  • Traditional and online marketing expert, and founder of Carvill Creative, Michelle Carvill who speaks on Content Marketing for Conscious Writers
  • Internationally renowned photographer, author and editor, David Ulrich who speaks on Navigating the Seven Stages of Creativity
  • Professor of English, award-winning author and editor, Brenda Miller who speaks on Mindful Writing for Conscious Writers

This compilation includes some of my favourite interviews of all time!


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What’s new this month?

July 10, 2014

JuliaMcCutchen_darkpurple150Hi Conscious & Creative Writers!

This month, we’ve been sharing a ramped up and original mix of conscious and creative inspiration on our newly re-launched IACCW Facebook Page.

I’ve also included some personal posts and images including one of our massive home grown strawberry harvest which seemed quite popular.

Images like this are not just lovely to look at. This one is symbolic of the creative fullness and abundance of summer which is an energy we can apply consciously to our writing. These posts always have a point!

See this, and more of what we’ve been sharing here Please “Like” the page and join in by posting some of your conscious and creative news and views.

Conscious Writing Retreat Update

Following the huge success of our group retreat recently, it was a little disappointing to discover that the next available slot at the same venue is not until July or August next year!

While we discuss possibilities for dates, if you know of a fabulous retreat centre elsewhere in the south of England that might be suitable, do please let us know by emailing

In the meantime, I will be offering Individually Guided Retreats again this year during August, September and October.

This is an opportunity for you to have time away from your regular commitments for one, two or three days, and work with me one-to-one on an individually designed schedule of “Guided” and “Personal” time.

Full details will be announced in the August IACCW Journal or you can email for advance information now (as there will only be a few spaces and one is already booked!)

Annual “Best of” Interview Series Audio CD Set

Each year we make the annual “Best Of” Interview Series Audio CD set – which is a FREE Benefit for FULL IACCW Members – available to everyone for purchase.

This year, we have some of my favourite interviews of all time included, and we’re offering a 50% introductory discount until Wednesday 31 July. Read more here.

Finally, I am happy to share an opportunity to be included in a new book that is being published by my good friend Linda Joy’s Inspired Living Publishing team. See the new “This May Be Of Interest” section at the end of the newsletter by clicking here.

Have a wonderfully conscious & creative month!

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

Conscious Completing for Creative Writers

Commitment_TickoverRedCircle_250I’ve just finished writing a big section of my book, and it feels exciting to have reached this point! There is a sense of joy and satisfaction in this kind of completion which echoes wholeness for me in a heart-warming way.

There are many more sections still to write, but I’m happy to have crossed this particular threshold of completion. In fact, I feel even more enthusiastic about continuing my Conscious Writing process now that this section is “in the bag”.

With a big project like writing a book, it’s important to celebrate the minor completions along the way. This helps to keep our momentum going until we reach the major completions such as finishing the first draft of our manuscript or completing our whole submission package ready to send to agents or publishers.

Is it Creative Resistance or a Stepping Stone?

Some people shy away from any kind of completion and begin multiple creative writing projects which all lie half finished in drawers and cupboards. Do you recognize that at all?

Sometimes unfinished work-in-progress acts like a stepping stone to ideas which are seen through to completion, and this is a valid way to develop new possibilities. However, if not finishing projects is a recurring pattern, it usually indicates some form of creative resistance at work.


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July 9, 2014


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IACCW Member Event: How Conscious Writers Can Form a Partnership with Nature

July 3, 2014

Julia McCutchen interviews Tina Welling on THURSDAY 10 JULY TinaWelling

Joseph Campbell said, “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” Capital N.
Following his advice, Tina Welling developed a simple three-step process of interacting with the natural world that reminds us how to focus consciously in the moment, and to align the rhythms of our attention and our body with the earth.
She makes the process of developing a fruitful relationship with wildness inside and out accessible to all writers.
In this interview we will explore:
  • How nature triggers our personal stories.
  • Lessons from the natural world on how to manage our creative ideas.
  • The importance of following our longing to write.
  • The value of questions for conscious writers.
  • How a Spirit Walk improves our writing skills
  • The number one piece of advice for creative writers.
Tina Welling is the author of three novels published by NAL Accent/Penguin, including Cowboys Never Cry. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Sun, Body & Soul, and a variety of anthologies. She lives in Jackson Hole, WY. For more information, visit
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June Inspiration for Conscious & Creative Writers

June 21, 2014

Celebrating the Solstice on 21 June


“Three things cannot be long hidden:

the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

Gautama Buddha

Conscious Writers peel back the layers to reveal all that is hidden -
especially the truth.

To your conscious & creative success!

PS Please take a moment to add your comments below here.

PPS Watch some videos from the recent Conscious Writing Retreat here.

Filed under: inspiration — Julia @ 8:00 am

What’s new this month?

June 11, 2014

JuliaMcCutchen_darkpurple150Hi Conscious & Creative Writers!

What an awesome experience we all had at the Conscious Writing Retreat a couple of weeks ago!

It stands out as a major highlight of the year for me, and going by some of the fabulous feedback our wonderful writers have shared, I am not alone.

I absolutely loved leading it, and am humbled by the deep transformations and rich creative openings people experienced. It was a remarkable few days in the company of amazingly talented Conscious Writers – wow!

You Tube

We have just created a new You Tube channel which is a work-in-progress but provides an opportunity for you to check out a few of the video testimonials from some of the retreat participants – see here.

We’ll also take this as a prompt to begin exploring other possibilities relating to video tips on Conscious Writing and more in the coming months.


In addition, we’ve posted some edited highlights of the comments people have made on the IACCW blog which you can read by clicking here.

I’m sharing all of this with you because the retreat experience contains within it some powerful reminders for ALL Conscious Writers as many of the principles can be applied in some shape or form to our regular writing lives.

In fact, this provided the inspiration for today’s article, 3 Conscious Writing Tips from 3 Days on Retreat. I hope you enjoy reading it and taking action to apply the Tips to your writing life.

IACCW Facebook Page

We are here to support you to make progress with your writing and authorship in a multitude of different ways, and this month we are re-launching the IACCW Facebook Page.

If you like our conscious & creative approach, please “Like” our Facebook Page and visit regularly to benefit from the tips, inspiration and resources we are sharing.

We’d love to encourage you to interact with us, ask questions, make comments PLUS we are now inviting you to share your latest news, blog posts and successes as a Conscious Writer. Check out what’s on offer here

I’ll look forward to connecting with you there. Have a wonderfully conscious & creative month!

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 11:52 am

3 Conscious Writing Tips from 3 Days on Retreat

June 10, 2014

Following our hugely successful Conscious Writing retreat recently, I am encouraged to share the following three tips drawn from our experience yet applicable to all Conscious Writers as principles to adapt to every individual situation.

CWRetreat_May2014_7cT1. Immerse yourself in an inspiring mix of holistic activities as a lifestyle choice to support your writing.

We all enjoyed a range of holistic activities drawn from the rhythm of my everyday life during the retreat. In fact, many people commented on this being a strong contributing factor in their decision to attend.

These included the opening ceremony when we took a series of conscious actions to open a sacred and safe creative space within which to work.

We also engaged in practices of energy flow, meditation and conscious movement (walking and yoga) as well as dream incubation and more. All of this was alongside learning new creative tools and techniques, and of course, lots of writing!

As a result, we were proactively and continually creating and re-creating the right internal space out of which our ideas and our writing poured.

This is the foundation of Conscious Writing which opens the way for us to shift beyond the usual identification we have with our everyday self and write from the deep self with an authentic voice.

Your take-away:

  • Schedule time in your diary right now to review the current rhythm of your life.
  • Assess the number of components which actively support your conscious & creative growth and development as a writer.
  • Have the courage to introduce at least one small change this month to work towards a mix that increasingly empowers you to make tangible progress as a Conscious Writer. For example, come up with a few simple conscious actions to do each time you write such as lighting some incense, taking a few deep and energising breaths, and sitting quietly for a few minutes to become centred.


Feedback from our Conscious Writing Retreat

Retreat_LOGO_150We are in the process of putting together a final compilation of feedback from our recent Conscious Writing Retreat. In the meantime, we thought we’d share some highlights with you.

You can view some video testimonials on our new You Tube channel by clicking here, and read some comments below:

* So, I am back from my weekend of delicious conscious living and creative writing with the talented and warm-hearted Julia McCutchen, wow, what an experience! Can you have your life and creativity transformed by investing in a professional and passionately put together weekend of inspiration and sharing of knowledge? Hell Yeah!

* I feel as if I’ve rediscovered my true writing self – amazing, enriching, inspiring!

* Truly fantastic and so rich on so many levels – both content and experience – the retreat far exceeded my expectations. I loved all of the components, the depth, and it was a fantastically holistic programme. Absolutely wonderful, very satisfying, warm and enjoyable. It was fantastic to meet other writers, and particularly other conscious writers. 

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