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Through the Window of January

It’s hard to resist the pull of new beginnings in January.

Through the Arches: Snowy Day at Dundrennan Abbey, by Joanna Paterson

Here’s a few things I’ve enjoyed reading about getting started with creative practice, and some resources that might help with things that on your list of things to start, explore or do in 2011.

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love. ~ Rumi

Ami Mattison explores alternatives to creative goal-setting, enjoying the art of going along, and having faith in creative being: the art of creative achievement

Sometimes the new year can bring something you’ve wanted for ages - and are then terrified of when it comes. Like getting a book published for example. Emma Newman explores how it feels to have the prospect of two books hitting the shelves in the coming year (congratulations Emma!). A New Year.

If you want to take your internet presence up a notch this year, Lateral Action has a very useful round up of the worst mistakes artists (including writers) can make, and what to do about them. The 10 biggest mistakes artists and creatives make at internet marketing, and how to fix them.

If video is something you’re thinking about, do check out this post from Jon Swanson, on using video, with accompanying video. I like his idea that video can add context to content.

If you know your about page needs an overhaul, Lea Woodward is offering a new service to do the work for you (writing your own about page is one of the hardest writing tasks known to man). Lea has loads of experience working and writing on the web, and a gift for ‘hearing’ what it is that people really do, and offer. More here at Dot Net Connector.

If you’d like to explore a different approach to the mood and rhythm of the seasons, learning about the tradition of the moon, goddess archetypes and a whole lot more besides, Amy Palko has just launched a new service called Bloom by Moon. It’s a mix of online community, journal prompts, stories, and learning. She’s got a special offer on the first month, but you need to sign up by January 15th to take advantage of it. More information here: The Flight of the Butterflies, Launching Bloom by Moon

If you want a bit of space to explore and develop your work with others, but away from the madding crowd, you might be interested in the Studio Space. Charter places still available, and now running at $10 for the first three months.

If you’re looking for some prompts to get started with a bit of creative work, I’ve developed some new resources available at Nature’s Fire. So far there are materials on permission to get creative, permission to enjoy taking photos, and some journal prompts to help you get creative at the heart of midwinter. You can find the prompts and guides here. Lots more to follow in 2011 :-)

What’s on your list of things you want to make happen in 2011? What resources have you found that will help you make it so? What kind of resources are you still looking for?

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4 Responses to “Through the Window of January”

  1. On January 7, 2011 at 3:06 pm --Deb responded with... #

    Gorgeous photo, Joanna!
    -Deb´s last blog ..Writer’s BreakMy ComLuv Profile

  2. On January 8, 2011 at 2:09 am Fred H Schlegel responded with... #

    I have to agree, the photo really caught my eye.
    Fred H Schlegel´s last blog ..Think Can-Do In The New YearMy ComLuv Profile

  3. On January 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm Mark McGuinness
    Twitter: markmcguinness
    responded with... #

    Thanks Joanna and Happy New Year.

    And yes, as a writer who has made my share of internet marketing mistakes, the advice definitely applies to writers!

  4. On January 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Thanks Deb and Fred :-) Happy new year to you both!

    Hi Mark, thanks for popping over - and for sharing such a wealth of experience / advice in that article. Happy new year to you too.

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