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5 Ways to Cultivate a Creative Mindset as a Conscious Writer

July 5, 2016

artwork-1443191_640As writers, we all know how important it is to hone the skills of our craft. However sharply we pitch our work to magazine editors, agents or publishers, the words on the page are ultimately where the rubber meets the road.

Yet as Conscious Writers, we also discover the unquantifiable value of cultivating a creative mindset.

This includes both the thoughts and feelings we have about ourselves as writers and the value of our writing.

Both have a significant impact on the success we experience, however we choose to define that. In fact, unless we have our creative mindset fully charged, our words may never reach the page at all!

The bottom line is that our thoughts and feelings need to be in alignment to free up the deepest levels of creative expression. When we think about writing but doubt the worth of our ability or the validity of our contribution, it doesn’t take long for our creative impulse to dry up.

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How Authors Can Benefit From Visiting Book Fairs

April 16, 2012

LondonBookFairHere in the UK, the London Book Fair begins today and continues for the next three days (16th to 18th April).

It is described as a “global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. With over 400 seminars and events, 1,500 international exhibiting companies and 24,500 publishing professionals, The London Book Fair encompasses the broad spectrum of the publishing industry.”

It is one of the main book fairs which take place each year for professionals in the book trade alongside Book Expo America, the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. There are also many smaller yet worthwhile book fairs and exhibitions internationally.

Many authors wonder if it is worth attending these trade fairs and many commentators say that it isn’t. My view is that it can be a valuable experience if you approach it with the right mindset. You also need to plan your visit well in advance and wear sensible shoes in the knowledge that you’ll be on your feet for most of the day!

It is important to be realistic when thinking through a book fair visit, especially if you have a vision of meeting agents and editors to present your book to them. Most publishing professionals will have filled their schedule of 30 minute meetings well in advance of the fair taking place.

Having said that, serendipity can, and does, occur at book fairs.

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Conscious & Creative Writers Quick Tip: Editors & Editing

December 26, 2011

LettersHi Conscious & Creative Writers!

Writing for publication in magazines, newspapers or books always includes a very important stage in the creative process – editing.

Skilled editors work at many different levels from minimal correction of spelling, punctuation and grammar through to re-writing the author’s draft completely in order to improve the flow of information or the narrative arc of the story being told.

Editors should not change your core message in any way and should always respect the integrity of your writer’s voice. Their primary task is to ensure that your ideas will be understood and enjoyed by the readership you are writing for. In short, they are responsible for effective communication.

All writing needs some editing. However skilled you may be at the editing process yourself, there is a point beyond which you simply cannot edit your own work when it is to be published for an audience beyond your immediate circle of contacts.

As the author, you are often too close to your work to see the proverbial wood for the trees. You need the fresh perspective and experienced eye that good editors bring to the mix.

My recommendation for you is to understand the editor’s role, develop a good working relationship with your editor and pay attention to areas of your text they highlight for you to review or amend.

You may not always agree with every change they suggest, and editors don’t always get it right, but you should always take time to reflect on points they raise for you to consider.

Some of the most successful published authors pay homage to the editors they have often worked with for years with very good reason. Writing may start as a solitary exercise but ends up being a collaboration of creative people with complementary skills.

So remember to value editors and the editing process as you take your work out to the world in 2012.

To your conscious & creative success!

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PS Our next interview for IACCW members is on Conscious Listening for Authors with sound expert Julian Treasure. Read more here http://www.iaccw.com/5/member-events

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Harnessing the Power of Less – in Writing and in Life

January 24, 2011

Perfect_momentThe western world has long been under the influence of the drive for ‘more’. Whether it is money, success, material possessions, power, control, knowledge – or a combination of all of these – we have all been conditioned to associate ‘more’ with ‘better’.

Writers are not exempt. With some notable exceptions, we have been seduced by our motivation to share ideas, insights and stories. Combining this with our love of words and our passion for communication, we have written more words in order to reach our readers more deeply.

Publishers have also bought into ‘more’ in a big way. More words lead to bigger books which have a higher perceived value. Such books carry higher prices leading (potentially) to bigger profits, more books sold and more market share gained.

Yet in ancient Chinese wisdom, everything eventually turns into its opposite. Ultimately, more will become less whether through force of circumstance or through choice.

So as conscious creators, we benefit from learning how to harness the power of less – in writing and in life.

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