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Why All Creative People Absolutely Should Travel to Paris

“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”

Thomas Jefferson

I thought I knew who I was creatively before visiting Paris, but when I arrived there the first time, a little over ten years ago, I soon realized I didn’t have a clue.

The City of Light “La Ville-Lumière” is unparalleled for the creatively inclined, and once you’ve visited, you will leave forever changed. It refined my sense of purpose, ignited my true passion for creating, and changed how I interpret art.

Artist, Seine river, Paris. By Bryan Hutchinson

Artist – Seine river, Paris. Photo by Bryan Hutchinson

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What’s the Absolute Best Price to Charge for a Kindle Book?

That’s the question that is confounding a great many authors who are self-publishing via the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program.

I’m one of those authors. I have several books on Amazon already, priced between $2.99 and $9.99. But what is the right price? Where’s the sweet spot? What price works the best?

I will share with you which price I have had the most success with, and I am going to ask for your help in pricing my new Book “Happy Every Day”.

Priceless?

Priceless?

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Interview with Joe Bunting about Creative Writing, Building a Platform and Story Cartel

Today I am pleased to introduce Joe Bunting, the founder of the blog The Write Practice with 75,000 readers, author of an Amazon #1 Bestseller, and founder and teacher of the game changing Story Cartel online writing course for creative writers who want to build a successful and useful platform.

Joe Bunting Interview

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5 Tips on How to Write The Best Book Description Ever

Why is it so hard to write your book’s description?

If a friend were to ask us to write her book description we’d do it in a heartbeat and it would be a darned good description. Right?

There’s a good reason why most of us have such difficulty writing our own.

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Are You Unwittingly Sabotaging Yourself by Talking About Your Writing?

From Bryan: This is a guest post by Ali Luke. Ali blogs about writing at Aliventures, and runs Writers’ Huddle, a teaching / community site for writers at all levels. She lives in the UK with her husband and baby daughter. You can find her on Twitter at @aliventures. Ali is the author of Publishing E-Books For Dummies in Wiley’s “For Dummies” series.

You’ve got a great idea for a novel, and you can hardly stop yourself telling your friends about it. The only problem is, the more you talk about your idea, the harder it seems to be to get started.

Or … you’re planning to start a blog, and you’ve been chatting to your partner about it for weeks. Whenever you sit down to draft a post, though, you find yourself staring at a blank screen. What’s going on?

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30 Inspiring Quotes on Writing and Creativity

Sometimes all we need is a little bit of inspiration to ignite our creative passion, and one of the places where we can draw inspiration is from quotes.

In celebration of the release of my new book “Happy Every Day” I asked fellow bloggers to provide quotes about how writing and/or creating brings them happiness. As you’ll see, the responses were absolutely brilliant!

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You Are A Writer Contest Winners

First, I want to thank everyone who participated. Thank you!

There were 126 awesome entries. 

I read many of them several times before choosing the Top 3.

you are a writer

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Creative Flow: How to Silence Negative Voices and Write

From Bryan: This is a guest post by Josh Irby. Josh is a writer who lives in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina with his wife and four children. For more than a decade he has worked with university students, helping them tell better stories with their lives. If you come to Sarajevo, you will likely find him in the corner of a local café sipping a macchiato and talking with friends. Visit Josh’s blog www.joshirby.com

My children are inquisitive. When I am driving they ask at least one question per minute. Sometimes, their questions come so quickly and loudly I cannot hear my own thoughts.

I feel like my brain is being hijacked.

Often, when I sit down to write, I feel the same way. I try to engage my mind with the world of words but my mind is under new management. I am no longer in control.

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Creative Flow: There is Magic in Asking Yourself The Right Questions

The wrong questions will destroy your power to create, but the right questions will fill you with inspiration, encouragement and motivation to create work that will blow you (and others) away!

Am I good enough? Do I suck? Should I give up? Will I ever create work that matters? Why can’t I ____? (Fill in the blank.)

Those are the wrong questions. Do you want to free yourself from doubt and create work that matters? Then you need to ask yourself the right questions.

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4 Lessons Distance Running Can Teach You About Writing

Does writing ever feel like running a race that you’ll never finish?

Even if you’re not an athlete, writers can learn a lot from the discipline and training methods of distance runners. They train for endurance, not speed, and over the long course of your writing career, you’ll need plenty of perseverance to overcome the challenges you’ll face around each turn.

This doesn’t mean you’ll never win a race. A publication or two will give you energy, and completing a story will inspire you to start the next one, but there will be setbacks. Rejection, lack of motivation, and fear are always lurking on the sidelines.

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