To be nobody…

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
ee cummings

Fear of Ridicule

Drama and comedyI am sure you can imagine that the fear of being ridiculed is something we can pick up at school.

For example, there was once a seven year old boy who was given the part of Jesus in the school nativity play, just because he was top of the class academically.

When it was clear his acting abilities weren’t up to it, he was demoted to the role of an innkeeper. He was not even able to get his one line right of, “There’s no room at the inn”.

As a result, he ended up on the back row of the chorus, as an angel without any wings.

Fear of Public Speaking

This type of experience might sound comical but it can lead later in life to a fear of public speaking. Nobody wants to be made a fool or, or receive a bad review, so we avoid sticking our head above the parapet. The best and simplest way by far to avoid being ridiculed is not to perform in the first place.

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Creative Friends Unite for Mindful Writing Day

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Write one small stone for Mindful Writing Day

Tomorrow is the first ever Mindful Writing Day, organised by our uber-creative friends, Kaspa & Fiona, over at Writing Our Way Home.

To join in, take a moment tomorrow to:

  • Slow down
  • Pay deep attention to one thing
  • Write down your feelings, observations, sense of connection to that object (making a small stone).

What Fiona and Kaspa call Small Stones are easy to write, and help you connect to your own life. Once you’ve written one, you may not stop…

You can also submit your small stone and see it published on the WYWH blog — and be entered into a competition to win one of five paperback copies of the book.

More details about mindful writing and small stones can be had in Fiona’s book, Write Your Way Home. And more on Mindful Writing Day:  here.

PS Here’s a Facebook invite if you’d like to invite your friends.

And a tweet to send, if you’re twitter inclined: Connect with your life  through mindful writing – first Mindful Writing Day on the 1st of Nov: #smallstone

The Pursuit of Creative Purpose

DANIEL PINK: “The paradox of prosperity is that while living standards have risen steadily decade after decade, personal, family, and life satisfaction haven’t budged.

“That’s why more people – liberated by prosperity but not fulfilled by it – are resolving the paradox by searching for meaning. As Columbia University’s Andrew Delbanco puts it, “The most striking feature of contemporary culture is the unslaked craving for transcendence.”

“Visit any moderately prosperous community in the advanced world and along with the plenteous shopping opportunities, you can glimpse this quest for transcendence in action. From the mainstream embrace of once-exotic practices such as yoga and meditation to the rise of spirituality in the workplace and evangelical themes in books and movies, the pursuit of purpose and meaning has become and integral part of our lives.

People everywhere are moving from focusing on the day-to-day text of their lives to the broader context.”

From A Whole New Mind

Seven Causes of Writer’s Block – And A Cure


Block is painful, as anyone who has suffered it knows. Our resident wizard of lightbulb moments, Tom Evans, kicks off a series about seven possible causes of writers’ resistance or block — and offers a cure.


The concept of writer’s block has almost entered urban myth as something that all writer’s are obliged to suffer from at some point other in their career.

It’s like sport’s people suffering a hamstring injury or being afflicted by tennis elbow.

For a writer, it can either manifest as their Muse leaving them completely, so they don’t even feel like writing, or perhaps their current output just not quite flowing like the last.

Over the years, I have lost count of the number of cases of writer’s block I have dealt with. I have also been afflicted with it myself so have been there and got the t-shirt.

In every single case that I have encountered, the writer’s block is a symptom of a deeper malaise. What is playing out is a life block posing as a disruption to the creative flow. When we deal with the underlying issue, both our lives and our writing take on a whole new magical quality and we become unstoppable.

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Evolution: A Poem

You were born with a mouth,

a tongue,

and two sets of teeth were given,

the first by year two,

then at seven. All thought through, 

to feed as you need

and tell of it too. Now

please do.


by Orna Ross

New Resident Creative Wizard

Tom Evans, our new resident “Wizard of Lightbulb Moments”

I’m delighted to announce that the “wizard of lightbulb moments”, Tom Evans, is going to be writing here on Wednesdays about all things authorly and creative.

Better known to many as The Bookwright, Tom is a poet, author, coach, unblocker and creative catalyst, specialising in helping people tap into their creative intelligence.

“I work author-centrically,” says Tom. “And I love seeing the transformation in people from non-author to author, seeing how this transforms their personal life and business opportunities.

You could even say I work on the ‘book’ that is the author’s life.”

Tune in to Tom’s creative inspiration here every second Wednesday.

Unzip your Creativity

Unzip your Creativity

What is Creative Intelligence?

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it is stupid.” Albert Einstein.

1. What is Creative Intelligence?

By definition, the creative is unconventional, anarchic, flexible, open and difficult to pin down. What the concept of creative intelligence does is enable us to understand and apply this dimension of human life that can sometimes feel so erratic or nebulous.

We are all creating all the time — both consciously and unconsciously – but our understanding of how, and our confidence in the process, has been suppressed in us (see 6 & 7 below).

2. Can you give me a definition?

Human intelligence is the capacity for knowing and learning. Creative intelligence is a vital dimension of that capacity. It is fostered through understanding how the creative process works in human beings and how to apply it.

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