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Three Wishes When You Are Stuck In The Middle.

Via Seth Godin. We all get stuck. And it’s not always in mud with some friends to get us out, as in the playground game. Normally, when we are in a creative ‘stuck’ there aren’t other people to ‘free’ us. If you have a group of other creatives around you who can do this, then […]

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To Be A Great Writer, Be A Cook.

Ingredients, Flavour, and Cooking – Words, Structure, and Writing.

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Day 467 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.2.

So yesterday I suggested that relatives could take inspiration/lessons from sports and hopefully I will convince you today. Bill Belichick is the most successful NFL coach ever because: He stays focused on the overall goal and works hard to achieve it He never goes through the motions and always trains with purpose He makes sure […]

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Day 466 – Creative Like Bill Belichick, Pt.1.

I’m not trying to alienate anyone here by mentioning the New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick. I understand that the franchise and the coach are like Marmite – you love them or you hate them. For full disclosure I am a San Francisco 49ers fan, but as a sports coach you have got to […]

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23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 16.

The final week of the Tour has begun. The end is near. Expectations of a French victor – Alaphilippe or Pinot – has the home crowd on a high, but there is still plenty of opportunity for the non-French riders in the top six on GC. Team Ineos had two possible winners, with one being […]

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23 Days in July 2019 – Le Tour – Stage 11.

Like the anticipation of any big event, the few days before are nervous and conservative. In a bike race like the Tour de France all of the GC favourites become chess players, mindful and trying to think ahead as many moves as they are able. The difference being their eventual execution of those moves will […]

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Day 423 – Back Catalogue.

As soon as we find a new artist who captures our attention we look for their back catalogue. For some writers/artists/musicians there is a lot to see/hear/read. For others, not so much. For some, the back catalogue is diverse and wide ranging. For others, not so much. There isn’t a ‘right’ back catalogue. There just […]

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Day 419 – Why Are You Doing This?

Why? I am a writer, therefore I write. You maybe a painter, therefore you paint. Simple. A writer might see stories where ever they look. A painter might see the colours and textures around them. A musician hears the melodies in conversations and noises of life. The ‘this’ is whatever it is you are doing […]

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Day 413 – The Friday Question.

It’s Friday and there’s a question. Simple enough concept. However, I set the question and I’ve spent the last half hour trying to answer it! The Friday Question is: What is the one immediate thing you need to do for your creative endeavour to improve? I’ve decided that I will give my answer on Saturday […]

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I Can Do That!

Aviva Premiership 2018 Final – Exeter Chiefs vs. Saracens. Exeter have been finalists for the last three years in a row, winning in 2017, and finishing eight points clear of Saracens this year in the league. Exeter is where I was born and my heart was completely with them to retain the title this year. […]