Would You Still Do It If Failure Were Guaranteed?

Would You Still Do It If Failure Were Guaranteed?

When I was a life-coach a common question I used to ask was — “What would you do if it was guaranteed that you couldn’t fail?” This is a freeing question which allows people to brainstorm possibilities without having to commit themselves to potentially difficult...

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Liberate Your Creativity

Liberate Your Creativity

We’ve reached the penultimate episode of our Unlocking Big Magic conversations. This episode is based on the Trust chapter but I would like to rename it as the “lighten the load chapter” – or “the liberation episode” Why do I say that? Because it covers topics such...

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Unlocking Big Magic – Persistence and Perfection

Unlocking Big Magic – Persistence and Perfection

We are now at my favourite chapter of Big Magic – Persistence. I found it hugely profound because it touches on all the issues and challenges I have, combining a day job with a writing life. It talks about time, energy and the attitude we need to have when going about...

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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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