Great creativity article by Avish Parashar!


Love opening my email to quick bursts of creativity and life! Like in this article:

Increasing Innovation with Improv Comedy – Reverse the Creative Process

Being effective at improvisation isn’t just about accessing creativity. It’s also very much about applying a different creative process than most people are used to.

Here is an improv comedy game that demonstrates this idea (I’ll explain how below):

(Click here to watch the video)

The standard creative process seems to be to start with a problem and then “think” of creative ideas that seem to “fit.”

There are two problems with this approach:

By thinking, you cut off yourself off from your creative flow (where your real power is)
By limiting yourself to ideas that “fit,” you cut yourself off from new and innovative ideas.
To get past this, we need to reverse the standard creative process.

Read the rest: http://dinghappens.com/2014/08/increasing-innovation-with-improv-comedy-reverse-the-creative-process/

Exclusive Dave Ramsey Book Platform Interview


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This is exciting! Michael Hyatt prepares to release some exclusive platform developing tips from Dave Ramsey tomorrow night:

What many people don’t know is that Dave self-published his first book, Financial Peace in 1992. He began selling it by mail and out of the trunk of his car.

It was so successful, Viking Press (a division of Penguin) picked it up and re-published in in 1997. Dave did a 21-city tour and the book landed on the New York Times best sellers list.

Fast forward to 2002. I am the publisher at Nelson Books, a division of Thomas Nelson. Dave has already had two bestsellers, and I wanted to sign him to our company.

But I needed an idea

Read more and tune in tomorrow night for the video!

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End Procrastination with One Click


“The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.” ― Alan Dean Foster

“It’s coming along!” I always answer when asked about my current book.

Coming along? I then think. What, are the chapters on a journey across the Sahara Dessert? There they are, a caravan of words, footprints behind them, getting lost by a mirage, hoping to find water, hoping to make it out of the desert alive!

My book is only on its way when I am actively writing it. The rest of the time, I suppose it’s taking a nap, or worse, dying in wait.

Whatever you’re writing, chances are you are waiting for it just as much as your readers are.

The key is to think not of your work as coming one day but as existing already, existing inside you, just waiting for you to deliver it.

It’s time to deliver your writing to the world. You can, and you will. So what’s stopping you?

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Boost you, boost your writing, through Writers Groups


Whether your goal as a writer is to make a living or to simply have a creative outlet, writing is mostly a solo sport. If you’re not proactive in building healthy relationships related to your task, you can become isolated and drained by your projects.

You’ll benefit in many ways if you join a writers group:

  1. Relationships through a writing group will not only build your confidence as a writer but ultimately as an individual. You can discover and appreciate yourself (and your work) through the eyes of others.
  2. You’ll also have the benefit of outside advice, which helps you grow, and of exposure to thought processes you wouldn’t find otherwise. 
  3. The perks of networking are immeasurable in your success as a professional and a writer. By joining a writers group, you’ll be one step ahead in the networking curve!

More benefits are out there, I’m sure! Don’t wait. Find a Writers Group near you!

If you belong to a writing group, what are some of the benefits you’ve experienced?

At my first exhibit!


Today we’re having our first exhibit! I’m up bright and early. I usually work early anyway, but today I’m especially excited!

I’m always looking for new clients, but the wonderful thing about an event like this is the presence of other businesses and networks. Relationships made a trade shows, seminars, clubs, etc are often much more valuable than any other efforts for marketing.

I’ll be looking forward to what the week holds, and hopefully have some great news in development. I came to this exhibit through divine connections and leading, and I expect a catalyst for our growth to come from it!

Find out more about the event we’re at: www.watchmanintercessorassembly.com

Love when I find great tip!


Rebecca Francis:

These tips from professional writers are bah-rill-yant! Especially “Edit, Please!” My best work is its best when I edit (only after writing it, that is).

Originally posted on Live to Write - Write to Live:

When I worked in the ICU as a resident, one of my daily tasks was to write a detailed note on each patient after I had seen, assessed, and come up with a plan of care for him or her. The attending doctor of the ICU had a saying that stuck with me through the years and I’ve applied it to many types of writing, not just the chart notes that he referred to: “Your note should be long enough to be good, short enough to be better.”

As a writer, I do not want people to skim my words. I know that people do it—I do it, too. But my goal is to make my writing succinct enough that my readers read every word I write, and don’t feel that I could have left something out.

Lately, I’ve been paying more attention to editing myself as I’ve been creating…

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