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5 Tips for Boosting Your Creative Productivity

May 10, 2016

creativity_tileDo you sometimes feel that you’ve got too many ideas and wonder how you’ll ever get them all done? If so, you’re not alone.

Most creative people work on a number of projects simultaneously. And big projects come together from a whole host of smaller tasks.

Writers often have different types of writing (book, blog, fiction, non-fiction) as well as related tasks (research, reflecting, connecting with readers) all in the mix at once.

However creatively inspired you are, at times it can be challenging to keep all of your creative plates spinning and make progress at a pace that works for you and the projects you are working on.

So it’s important to apply your creative energy consciously so that your essential projects, which may be the most creatively challenging, don’t become sidelined because smaller or less demanding tasks are faster to complete.

Fortunately, experience reveals that certain techniques genuinely make a difference to creative productivity. Here are 5 strategies you can apply straight away that will shift your creative output onto new levels:

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Conscious Writing 1 Day Workshop on Saturday 26 October

September 30, 2013

With Julia McCutchen  

Conscious Writing is a holistic approach to following the impulse of your heart and writing with the voice of your soul. It is an intuitive yet structured process for discovering and sharing your ideas, insights and stories – on the page and in the world.

Even if you haven’t started writing yet, you will learn to work consciously with the full creative cycle, release old patterns of conditioning, surrender your self-doubt, and just write!

By the end you will have completed your first piece of Conscious Writing and understand how to write the articles and book(s) you are here to write.

Join us for the last “Live in London” event of 2013 to:

  • Open the floodgates to an infinite stream of creative inspiration.
  • Learn the 7 step process to overcome resistance and transform it into fuel for your creative fire.
  • Discover how to access the true source of your authentic writer’s voice.
  • Go to deeper levels than ever before in the Conscious Writing Sanctuary.
  • Know how to give shape, form and structure to your richest ideas.

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Confident Creating

May 13, 2013

I am delighted to introduce this guest article from IACCW Expert Eric Maisel. Enjoy!

If you want to live a creative life and make your mark in some competitive art field like writing, film-making, the visual arts, or music, and if at the same time you want to live an emotionally healthy life full of love and satisfaction, you need an intimate understanding of certain key ideas and how they relate to the creative process.

One key idea is that you must act confidently whether or not you feel confident. You need to manifest confidence in every stage of the creative process if you want to get your creative work accomplished. Here’s what confidence looks like throughout the creative process.

Stage 1. Wishing

‘Wishing’ is a pre-contemplation stage where you haven’t really decided that you intend to create. You dabble at making art, you don’t find your efforts very satisfying, and you don’t feel that you go deep all that often. The confidence that you need to manifest during this stage of the process is the confidence that you are equal to the rigors of creating. If you don’t confidently accept the reality of process and the reality of difficulty you may never really get started. (more…)

How to Stop Procrastinating & Get Your Writing Done!

February 6, 2012

Traffic_Light_What+Are+You+Waiting+ForI am delighted to introduce this guest article from former Daily Telegraph columnist, author and Life Clubs founder, Nina Grunfeld. Enjoy!

Procrastination is a funny business. Here’s how to get that writing done – and done well enough.

The other day I was in a corporate running a workshop on procrastination. A lady, in her early thirties, was confessing to the group: ‘I haven’t hung my bookshelves up yet’, she said, ‘and I’ve been in my home for a few years now’. We all looked a little incredulous. After all, how long does it take to hang up a bookshelf? But when I asked her if she actually wanted to hang up her bookshelves, she simply said, ‘No’.

You may wonder why she was even thinking of hanging up bookshelves when she didn’t want to. And you may wonder why she was feeling guilty about not hanging up these bookshelves she didn’t even want to hang up, but that’s what procrastination can do to us.

Setting Goals

Many of the goals we set ourselves are things we don’t want to do. Why do people only want to lose weight in January? The truth is that they probably don’t really want to lose weight, but they think they ought to want to lose it. That feeling of ‘ought’ means that they never do more than diet for a few weeks and then spend the rest of the year procrastinating about doing the next bit of the diet – and feeling guilty about procrastinating.

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IACCW Expert Eric Maisel on Mastering Creative Anxiety

November 1, 2011

EricMaisel150I am delighted to introduce this guest article from one of our valued IACCW Experts Eric Maisel on the subject of Mastering Creative Anxiety. Enjoy!

Many anxieties arise as you attempt to create anything: a novel, a new recipe, a home business, or a solution to a personal problem. There is the anxiety associated with going into the unknown, with relinquishing control, with making choices—innumerable anxieties arise as you endeavor to create, whether that creation is something as grand as a novel or as everyday as a new filing system or new décor for your living room.

In order to deal with all the anxiety that comes with creating, you must acknowledge and accept that anxiety is part of the process, demand of yourself that you will learn—and really practice!—some anxiety management skills, and get on with your creating and your anxiety management. Here are some excellent everyday anxiety management tools. Learn them and use them! For a further discussion of these and additional techniques, take a look at my latest book Mastering Creative Anxiety (New World Library, 2011).

1. Attitude choice

You can choose to be made anxious by every new opinion you hear or you can choose to keep your own counsel. You can choose to approach life anxiously or you can choose to approach it calmly.  It is a matter of flipping an internal switch—one that you control.

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7 Ways for Conscious & Creative Writers to Overcome Resistance

October 24, 2011

TrafficLightsResistance can be said to be anything and everything that stops you from doing your writing and all that you need to do to succeed as an author.

Resistance shows up in numerous different ways and often as the voice of the inner critic.

If you regularly put off the moment to start writing, feel overwhelmed with doubts and hear challenges such as, “Who are you to write a book?” – resistance is at work.

Resistance is the opposite of inspiration and is a natural part of the creative process. If you want to write, you need to learn how to manage your creative anxiety.

Here are 7 ways for conscious & creative writers to overcome resistance:

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IACCW Summer School 2011 – registration now open!

August 1, 2011

IACCW_summer schl logo_2_WithoutText180Hi Conscious & Creative Writers!

Summer is well underway now here in the northern hemisphere, and with glorious sunshine outside, it is a perfect moment to celebrate all that summer has to offer – including the brand new IACCW Summer School 2011 taking place on Thursday 25 August!

We are delighted to be offering this one day virtual workshop designed to provide a deep immersion in the principles and practice of one of our core teachings – Conscious Writing.

Click here for more information!

Here at the IACCW, we are committed to teaching and supporting writers with what we call a conscious and creative approach to writing and authorship that shows a new way forwards. Conscious Writing is the “new way forwards”!

By the end of our time together you will have completed your first piece of conscious writing and:

  • Understand how conscious writing opens the way for you to write the book you are here to write.
  • Have a deeper appreciation of your core message and what you are really here to share with others.
  • Discover how to access the true source of your authentic writer’s voice.
  • Learn the 7 Step Process for overcoming resistance whatever form it takes.
  • Feel the sense of achievement from bringing your writing to fruition.
  • And more …

We have created this as a virtual event so that you can participate from wherever you are in the world – all you need is a regular telephone. If you can’t make the live event, you can register anyway to receive the audio recordings, the IACCW Summer School 2011 Workbook, and all the other materials so you can complete the work whenever you want to.

REGISTRATION OPTIONS
We are offering an “early bird” price (available until Monday 15 August) as well as the opportunity to combine your participation in the IACCW Summer School 2011 with individual coaching to follow-up and support you putting all that you have learnt into practice.

Click here for more information and to register your place!

If you’re ready to step up to be who you are and share what you’re really here to share, join us and learn how to take your writing to a whole new level to make your greatest contribution to the world.

JMstandingingardenTo your conscious & creative success!

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PS Conscious Writers have an increasingly important role to fulfill because they have the courage to tell it like it is at the deepest level of truth. The world needs more Conscious Writers just like you!

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Julia McCutchen
Founder & Creative Director
International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers
Writer’s Coach, Mentor & Professional Publishing Consultant
www.iaccw.com www.juliamccutchen.com +44 (0)1380 871331
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Conscious & Creative Writers Tip – Who are you to write a book?

June 27, 2011

QuestionMarkWe all know that voice. Most writers have heard that same question ringing in their ears while reflecting on their writing ideas.

Variations on the same theme are responsible for stopping even the most confident creators at one time or another.

It’s the voice that challenges our right to write and knocks the fledgling feelings of inspiration out of the creative nest long before they are ready to fly!

For some it’s the voice of the inner critic. For others, it is the voice of resistance. Whatever the label, like it or not, it shows up in various guises on a regular basis for most aspiring and published authors.

One powerful way to disengage from resistance is to realize that the attack on your creative confidence comes from the conditioned patterns of thought and behaviour that belong to your everyday self.

This aspect of your self is the usual interface you have with the world and includes all that you have been taught by your family, education and society about “how things are”.

It is also the part of you, for example, that may have been hurt by a critical comment about your writing ability when you were 8 years old and still remembers the feelings of shame.

Going beyond resistance involves going beyond your everyday self to discover your authentic, unconditioned self that is entirely free from beliefs that have been “learned” along the way. As a result, your authentic self is also free of self-criticism and resistance.

Accessing the authentic self comes with awareness, practice and a willingness to explore the deeper levels of who you truly are.

So next time you hear the “who are you to write a book?” question, remember that it is just your everyday self talking and not the real you. Distance yourself from the question by letting it float in and out of your mind like a passing cloud on a summer’s day.

That way you diminish its power to stop you writing and frees you up to join the thousands of writers who have heard that voice, and right now, are doing their writing anyway!

To your conscious & creative success!

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PPS Our next teleseminar interview for IACCW members is on Thursday 7 July and we’ll be discussing How to Build an Authentic Author Platform with Facebook.

If you’re not yet a member and would like to listen to this interview – live or as an audio recording – and receive the other Benefits of IACCW Membership, click here.

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Anticipate Inspiration by IACCW Expert Nick Williams

November 24, 2010

the-business-you-were-born-to-create_CroppedThis is a guest post from IACCW Expert Nick Williams on the subject of inspiration extracted from his new book The Business You Were Born to Create.

Written with inspired entrepreneurs in mind, we are sharing it here because the content is equally true for conscious and creative writers, and especially those who embrace the realms of author entrepreneurship. Join Nick to celebrate the launch of his book on Thursday 16 December in central London. More details here …

‘Inspiration does exist, but it has to find you working.’ Pablo Picasso, Artist (1881–1973)

I think one of the most important distinctions that an Inspired Entrepreneur pro understands, that other people don’t, is this: often we may not feel inspired to do our work, but by doing it we become inspired. We often have to cross a threshold to find inspiration and enter the flow of our work – but that is exactly what our resistance doesn’t want us to do. We can initiate inspiration by confronting our fears and simply getting on with our work.

The writer William Somerset Maugham was once asked whether he wrote when inspiration struck him or at any particular times. He answer was simple and profound: ‘I sit down to write at nine o’clock each day and I find that inspiration strikes me about five past nine every day.’ I believe he meant that every day he knew he would come up against resistance, such as reasons why he shouldn’t write or not feel like writing. But he was a pro and defied his resistance by sitting down to write anyway. In that process of crossing his threshold, he opened the door to his Muse and ideas started to flow for him.

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