Podcast Helps You Own Your Creativity

Since the OYC Podcast was launched on March 14, 2016, we’ve had 2,008 downloads – thanks to our listeners! Some of the inspiring guests we’ve had so far have shared with us of the importance of owning your creativity – and how really simple it can be. Rob Levit, musician, keynote speaker and community builder,…

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Wanda: My Inner Role Model

These are Wanda’s shoes. She’s my imaginary role model. Whenever I get frustrated with the progress of a project or feel stuck, I ask myself what would Wanda do? Wanda is a free spirit who doesn’t get bogged down with the details. If someone tries to rain on her parade, she dons her rain boots…

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My Teeth & The Berlin Wall

My dentist is away for the month of August and the earliest appointment for a teeth-cleaning I can get is at the end of September. So, I phoned another dentist to see if I can get an earlier appointment. I did – the end of August and $30 more than my regular dentist. Now, the…

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Cracking The Character Code

We know that what a person does tells us about who they are. It’s knowing this that helps writers create their stories. However, what we may not consider is the extent to which the brain guides that behaviour. The psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen recently completed the largest brain-imaging analysis ever conducted. He scanned 26,000 people…

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You Are Not A Tree

Recently I attended a conference organized by the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association to give a talk about the life writing class I have created. Before I had been invited to give this talk, I had never heard of this association nor did I know that there were therapists out there who use play to help…

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Where Your Story Really Lives

The Story Is In the Spaces Writing is also about editing. Editing is the process of following one scene or image with another, and it’s a process that is not just for editors. It’s definitely for writers, too! As a writer, you need to be aware of what meaning you create by the spaces you…

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Write What Your Soul Sees

  “. . . the true artist should paint not what his eyes saw, but what his soul saw . . . if the artist did this, and did it absolutely and continuously — reworking the same image over and over until it reached its most primal level — then something very new and real…

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Photos To Set Your Imagination Free

It’s a cliche, but it works! “A picture is worth a thousand words,” they say, and it’s true, and that’s why I use pictures to inspire my students. Today I’m sharing with you some fabulous sources for free, royalty-free images. These are great if you have a blog or want to put them into a…

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The Seduction of Perfection

Recently an aspiring writer contacted me saying she had ideas — tons of them — but didn’t know where to start. She’d been carrying around her notes for weeks but still couldn’t find where to start. My advice? Start anywhere. Sit down, put pen to paper and start writing. It’s that simple and that difficult.…

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How To Trigger Your Writing

One of the most common challenges people share with me is the difficulty of getting into the habit of writing regularly. So, I wanted to share a new idea I came across. This is especially for you if you have tried over and over to make writing a daily habit without success. It’s the Fogg…

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