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Do you avoid being Creative?

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So many people move to the country, so they can have time to create. But then they fill up their calendars with commitments, and those painting and writing projects get left undone. Determined they create lists and the lists get messed up by kids who want them to baby sit.  Or they didn’t have kids. Maybe they should adopt. Maybe they should go to Africa. Well who has time to write now?

Or on the day they actually carve out some time no ideas come.

Do you get distracted easily? On the day you finally decide to be creative do you notice there are dust bunnies under the couch? That the man sitting on the couch needs a hair cut and my gosh if you’re going to write well he needs to get up and paint the office and buy you a new chair. Who can create when your back is not supported? Not you.

I see this all the time.  People shopping and delaying the process. They put off what they love to do and they hope some day their creative lives will start.

Teaching writing retreats I see how so many people just want a day to themselves to be creative. They want to take time to just be and let ideas bubble to the surface. Yes a full day retreat is lovely but not always practical.

So how can you be creative in the midst of your real life? Well you need to court the muse. Spend a little time with her and encourage her to come out and play.

Here is what I suggest. Take ten minutes each day to write, draw, paint, sketch, knit, build. Ten minutes to prime the pump. The muse likes to be seduced and courted. Have breakfast with her. Sit your “butt” down, move the pen across the paper, paint a picture, hammer something and see what happens. It doesn’t have to be brilliant. In fact I guarantee it won’t be.  But today- just today, dare to suck.

I learned this technique from Natalie Goldberg (and don’t run out and get her book) and the simplicity of putting pen to paper eludes most folks.

So, Sit, write and get on with your day. Like all habits it will grow and flower in time.

Do you have a special technique to get the creative juices flowing? Leave a a comment in the section, below. Or hey if you need a kick start to your creative life: CHECK OUT THE OAKVILLE LUXURY WRITING RETREAT

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About the Author: Deborah Kimmett is not just a funny face. She knows a thing or two about life. Whether on the stage, or in the conference room, this witty and wise woman knows laughing matters. With her hilarious stories and interactive exercises she ignites, inspires and offers strategies for success. Side Effects: You might get your sense of humor back. Visit her at or on youtube at

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