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Sweet Soundss of London

By Linda McLean | January 22, 2019

Last night I went to the Harold Pinter Theatre to see three Pinter one-act plays performed back to back. Every time I’d seen the poster, ‘Pinter at the Pinter’ on the wall beside the Angel station escalator I’d think, “I have to go.” I can’t go to plays for pleasure anymore. I spent too many years…

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The Story or Creating an Online Creativity Course – Part 1: “This is Your Song”

By Linda McLean | December 4, 2018

I’m creating an online songwriting course and I’ll tell you why. It’s because I know for a fact that everyone has a creative genius in them, lurking there behind a veil of equal parts fear, confusion and overwhelm. It’s the genius that lives in the secret desire we suppress into submission and call ‘stupid’, fanciful’…

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What Do You Stand For?

By Linda McLean | November 14, 2018

“If we don’t stand for something, we’ll fall for anything.” It’s hard to know what we stand for. Especially, I think, because of all the self-censoring going on these days. We’re afraid to say what we truly believe. Or we’re so confused by the zillions of different ideas floating around in the strato-blogo-twitto-media sphere that…

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We’re all Creative – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

By Linda McLean | November 6, 2018

We’re all creative. I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again. If you are alive and you are a human, you are a creative being. I first heard the idea in 1996 when I read  Csikszentmihalyi’s Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention  – our ability to be creative is what distinguishes…

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4 Steps of Songwriting – You Have a Song in You

By Linda McLean | October 23, 2018

I believe you have a song. I believe everyone has a song, a unique song that no one else can write. Even if you’ve convinced yourself that you’d never in a million years write a song, I know you can. I’ve worked with so many people who were stuck in ‘negative self-talk-myself-out-of-it-talk’,  only to find…

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4 Steps to Prime Your Creativity Pump

By Linda McLean | October 2, 2018

You do have creative bones, you just don’t know it. The problem isn’t what most non-artists believe about themselves, ie ‘I don’t have a creative bone in my body.’ The problem is we don’t learn how to tap into our creativity. When we’re schooled to do as we’re told it can be hard and scary…

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Be the Change You Want to See

By Linda McLean | September 25, 2018

Speaking of change I’m thinking of changing my name. Well, not actually changing it, just creating a new one. A name to suit the new personae I’ve been working on, a woman of no fixed address who is well on her way to becoming a bestselling author. Meet Ailla Zaeg. She’s an international woman of…

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One Month Creativity Diet – Compare and Contrast

By Linda McLean | July 31, 2018

Part five to prepare for your one month creativity diet – Compare and Contrast. Here is a great way to begin always, be conscious – for example, ask yourself, what has changed since I decided to spend one month on a Creativity Diet? Take a piece of paper. Take a pen. Divide the page into…

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One Month Creativity Diet – Write a Daily Journal

By Linda McLean | July 24, 2018

Part 4 of your Month of Creativity Diet – Write a Journal Write about your creative project every day. As much or as little as you want. At bare minimum write the date and one word to describe how you’re feeling about putting yourself on this creativity diet ie Good!  Bad! Indifferent.! Better yet, give…

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One Month Creativity Diet – Commit to showing up.

By Linda McLean | July 17, 2018

Commit to showing up for one month. Step 3 to prepare for your month on a Creativity Diet is to make the commitment to stay on your diet. If it helps, make yourself accountable to someone else. This may be the hardest step in your month of creativity diet.  It looks easy in the beginning…

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