Do You Need Permission To Be Creative?

Do You Need Permission To Be Creative?

If you are always making excuses as to why you can’t, or shouldn’t, get on with your creative practice then the Permission chapter of Big Magic is for you. It’s packed with stories and information that will dismantle each of your excuses and leave you free to get on...

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Where Do Ideas Come From?

Where Do Ideas Come From?

In this week’s episode of Unlocking Big Magic, Lesley and I talk about the Enchantment chapter of the book, Big Magic. This chapter is about ideas: where they might come from, what happens if you act on them and what happens if you don’t. Elizabeth Gilbert talks about...

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Unlocking Big Magic – Conversations About Creativity

Unlocking Big Magic – Conversations About Creativity

Welcome to a series of conversations on the fabulous creativity book by Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic. Published in 2015 this book soon became a creativity “bible” for me. Even if you are not a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s other books (such as Eat Pray Love) I still...

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It’s OK If You Haven’t Achieved Much This Year

It’s OK If You Haven’t Achieved Much This Year

It’s my last blog of the year. And what a year it has been! You might have had to home-school your kids. You might have had to fight with your partner to each find a suitable place to work at home. You might have lost work and money and be dealing with the...

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Why Are Your Creative Plans Derailed By Fear?

Why Are Your Creative Plans Derailed By Fear?

You have an idea for a new project. You’re really excited about it. You can feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Your gut is telling you that this is the thing. You can’t wait to get going with it. And then something happens. You get scared or daunted or...

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Screwed Up? Don’t Worry, First Attempts Often Fail

Screwed Up? Don’t Worry, First Attempts Often Fail

It was the morning after the night before. I came downstairs into the kitchen and I could still smell it – my disastrous attempt at making green tomato chutney. Hours of chopping and stirring become sloppy essence of burnt offerings. The saucepan sat on the stove in...

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