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Steve Jobs : Living Tribute

6 October 2011 Bulletin Board

What a landmark day for the world – 5 October 2011 – seeing the passing of Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, aged 56. The profound impact of his phenomenal life reaches beyond borders and through psyches to touch so many of us in some way […]

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14 August 2010 Inspiration

Outlook is unique. Ah, the lure of a warm wooden deck, with a view of infinity! Squinting into the morning sunlight, I let it’s rays lick my throat. Vampires flirt with my mind. In particular, Edward Cullen. It’s all Sam’s fault. She’s the one who got me infected. Right here in this vivid piece of […]

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Books are like children . . .

9 May 2010 Writing

‘They come through us, but not from us’ – to paraphrase Kahlil Gibran from his jewel of a book, The Prophet. This concept is echoed in Julia Cameron‘s brilliant handbook for creativity, The Artist’s Way. Her first ‘Rule of the Road’ is to “Show up at the page. Use the page to rest, to dream, […]

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resources for writers

6 April 2010 Writing

I’ve recently come across a great online magazine for fiction writers, called Fiction Factor. Among a host of helpful articles and links, it features an advertisement for an ebook entitled Write, Create & Promote a Best Seller, which is packed with plenty of practical information. So if you’re a novelist too, you may like to […]

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Write with integrity

21 October 2009 Writing

I’d like to share a snippet from Ainslie MacLeod’s book, ‘The Instruction: Living the Life Your Soul Intended‘ with other writers out there. For your reference, this book is available online here: Ainslie encourages examining our desires, and establishing a balance that supports the soul’s purpose. He refers to the desires for fame (with […]

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Rise above Rejection

25 September 2009 Writing

Did you know that “Chicken Soup for the Soul” was rejected no less than ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-THREE times, before eventually finding its home with a small (and apparently almost bankrupt) publisher?? This must be amongst the best of all literary rejection tales, ever. I heard it a few days ago on a Writer’s Telesummit […]

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Catch the wave

7 September 2009 Writing

I’ve mentioned this before (in previous Writing Tips), but can’t emphasize enough how much value I have gained from the Telesummits presented by Art of the Song Creativity Radio and Eric Maisel, PhD. This morning, while rowing at the gym, I listened via ipod to a download of the talk by Susan Raeburn, PhD. She […]

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Why write?

1 September 2009 Writing

I came across an insightful Chinese proverb yesterday, which both explains and inspires the writing process: “I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I write and I understand.” This came courtesy of a good friend, who thoughtfully forwarded Daphne Gray-Grant’s recent newsletter. For some great writing advice, visit her site And […]

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Tend to your health

31 July 2009 Writing

We all know that a healthy body means a healthy mind, and that writing requires thinking. Without question, I write most easily when I feel good. Nutrition guru, Patrick Holford, takes this concept further with his brilliant book, Optimum Nutrition for the Mind. He explains that “how we think and feel is directly affected by […]

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Free Write

17 July 2009 Writing

We practised free writing a number of times on our Writer’s Write course, simply going for it from a kick-off sentence or subject – a great way to get into the flow. Thereafter, we’d share what we’d written, for the purposes of feedback. I don’t know about you, but I’m a compulsive self-editor, so this […]

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“Begin with the end in mind”

8 July 2009 Writing

This one of Steven R Covey’s ‘Seven Habits for Highly successful People’ can be powerfully applied to many applications, particularly to writing a book. At least that’s true for me. So much so, that I’ve begun each of my two novels with the end, before jumping back to the beginning and the middle somewhere, and […]

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