Kick Start Creativity

Do you lead a creative life?

It’s 12:30 noon on Sunday the 6th of October in Istanbul, Turkey where I’m currently living. It’s almost 3 pm in New Delhi, 4:30 in Puerto Vallarta, and 11:30 am in Paris where my son lives! I refer to the world clock often on my phone. It’s a way for me to keep track of friends, family, and readers that I connect with online.

The world clock also connects me to my travels, my imagination, the events I encountered and the work that I do when I write. I mention all this because many simple things can Kick Start your Creativity.

Here’s something that will inspire you today. Can you imagine life 5000 years ago? Do you believe we are born again, that our souls pass on to another form, another body and continue through generations and centuries?

Have you ever been somewhere and had the feeling of déjà vu? I felt it when I visited Jerusalem in March 2019.

I don’t have the answers but as far back as I can remember I’ve always been fascinated by these things:

5,000-year-old Canaanite megalopolis found in Israel could rewrite history

Archaeology

What are your 10 commandments for creative people?

  1. 2. 3. ABC Always Be Creating.
  2. Creativity is the way I give back to the world.
  3. Share. Too many ‘creators’ never think they are good enough. You are good enough! Share with the world!
  4. Be imperfect !!
  5. Look at things upside down and inside out. See your world from a different perspective. Back to #3
  6. Embrace your imperfections. Make mistakes—_){ it’s how we get better
  7. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Shine your light—it was given to you for a reason.
  8. BE grateful for your gifts. They are special. You are unique.
  9. Be curious about life, the world, people, things
  10. I live in my own little world—they know me there.
Photography Paris Street Art 2019

Inspiration, where does it come from?

I’m often asked this question.

I have a love/hate relationship with my Muse.

My inspiration comes from all kind of places. It depends on what I’m writing at the time. Right now I’m deep into the theme/plot process that I need to follow before I can begin to write a novel. But two books are vying for my attention and that’s like having twin babies that both demand to be fed right now!

Music inspires me. Current affairs get my creative juices flowing. And dreams. Oh how I love my dreams.

Lately I’ve been watching Netflix thriller series and wondering if they have invaded my senses and taken over my mind. Theme after theme competes with ideas that I keep writing down for Luke and Samaar to explore.

Then last night I watched/listened to Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour. That feeds my Muse for my Contemporary Romance series, “Lie to Me.” That upcoming novel already has a theme song The Essence of Us. I play that song non-stop while I’m working through what’s going on with Layla’ life. The emotion in Taylor Swift’s songs, and the outpouring of love from her fans is so inspiring.

A friend asked me recently if I still write poetry. The answer will always be, yes. I remember my first published poem. I think I was 25. I wrote it for my sister’s 21st birthday. I did a photoshoot with her and had the black and white image placed on a wooden plaque and superimposed the words to the poem on top. The first few lines were: One day, when I know who I am and where I am going and what I want will you still love me for the woman I am... I often whisper those words to myself…

Today was a strange day. Late to bed last night, early to rise, and back to sleep in the afternoon. I’ve got a lot on my mind. I think I already told you I’m leaving Mexico for a while or permanently, and traveling to the Middle and Far East. Whenever I make a major change in my life, my dreams change. It’s rather exciting. It’s like getting a coupon book for free movies, only they turn out to be foreign films with Spanish subtitles. I know I’m weird. Just go with it. I decided to share this afternoon’s dream with you.

By the way, my first novel award-winning Target in the Sun is FREE, an exciting Contemporary Suspense story on Amazon Download today. If you’ve already read it, thanks. Why not gift one to a friend?

I LOVE that story. I hope you will too.

Thanks for following my work.

Paris! Waiting for you, a photo blog​ ❤️

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Yummy!

 

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World Cup Week!

 

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Wine Cave, you would love it here!

 

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People watching on the Subway

 

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Storms coming

 

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Write with me!

 

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Hanging with Félix   ❤️ We share our cookies!

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Waiting for you!

 

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“Barbara was born here. The most beautiful love story.”  ❤️ One day they will say that about us.

 

 

© Lynda Filler Photography Paris 2018

Stephen King-Love What You Do

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Yes, I love to share my TOP 10 Lists from Evan Carmichaels YouTube Videos.

Today, it’s Stephen King. If you are a writer, aspiring author or a creative of any type, I think you will love his book On Writing. It’s the one that has influenced me most in my life. I bought it as a gift for my son when he was 15 and showed an interest in writing. He read it and then said, “Mom, you need to read this.” I did, and it’s been my bible ever since. Today I share Stephen King with you. If you click on the link, you can watch the video.

And now, here’s Stephen King’s Top 10 RULES FOR SUCCESS

  1. LOVE WHAT YOU DO
  2. BE YOURSELF
  3. EXPLORE NEW IDEAS
  4. THE GOOD IDEA STAYS WITH YOU
  5. LOVE THE PROCESS
  6. LEARN FROM REJECTIONS
  7. LOOK FOR IDEAS YOU ENJOY
  8. FIND YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS
  9. PASS SOMETHING ON
  10. TELL GREAT STORIES. 

The ones that resonate with me are #2 Be Yourself. I’ve finally gotten over myself and write what I want. Which leads me to #5 Love the Process–even when you’re stuck like I’ve been all day today. UNTIL…that magic moment when the plot reveals itself.

And I also find motivation by reminding myself that my job is #10 Tell Great Stories.

If you have a favorite, share it. And check out Evan Carmichael’s channel. You won’t be disappointed.

Have an exciting, exhilarating, and creative week.

 

Lynda Filler’s most recent novel:  Lie To Me an exposé on sex for money

 

If not now, when?

 

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Rick Peterson suggests that practicing mindfulness in the way we approach tasks can not only help organize thoughts but reduce stress as well. Here are some mindful tips to try out when looking to get your passion project off the ground:

  • Write it down. Carve out a set amount of time each day to sit down without distractions and sketch, write or otherwise visualize your ideas on paper. You might find writing out your thoughts each night before you sleep helps you unwind at the end of the day. Or maybe you’re a visual thinker and prefer to sketch out your ideas at the beginning of the day over coffee. With either choice, the point is to make sure you’re allowing yourself the time to quiet your mind and focus.
  • Meet mindfully. It can be easy to get side-tracked when you’re meeting with a group of people about a potential idea or project. Whether your meetings are in a formal office or across the table in a coffee shop, practice mindful meetings by closing your laptop, putting your phone away and focusing on the task at hand. Not only will it reduce stress and make your meeting more productive, it will also allow you to apply yourself at a deeper level and show your peers that you care about their time and input.
  • Be intentional with your time. It may seem counterintuitive but taking breaks can help you have a more productive day. When you feel your energy start to wane, give yourself a time-out. Take a 15-minute walk, run the stairs or spend some time drawing in your notebook. Pay attention to your schedule and start to plan your meetings and tasks around breaks so that you’re working during periods of the day when you’re the most energized. Or even try taking an ideation vacation.

 

I love this quick check-up. It’s so easy to say “I just don’t have the time!” We can always find the time.

Thanks, Rick Peterson  Sr. director of global alliance marketing & biz dev @Wacom | Bamboo and chief inspiration officer. Always #MakingIdeas.

Find the full article on THRIVE GLOBAL COMMUNITY, Arianna Huffington’s Website.

https://www.thriveglobal.com/stories/10252-how-to-get-your-passion-project-off-the-ground?mc_cid=e854fc6639&mc_eid=5ea0c90811

 

And check out mindfulness, inspiration, motivation, and miracles in Lynda Fillers’ top-selling, award-winning book:

If you build it they will not come!

 

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I enjoyed an interview with Ryan Holiday today.  He talked about the creative process. We all love to create, but the marketing, not so much. Just because “you built it” doesn’t mean “they will come.”

His take is: Making the Work is 50% Marketing the work is 50%–Two separate marathons. 

When we choose the life of writing, we want to write. We have to write like we have to breathe. Marketing is a time-suck and we resent it. But when we become authors, we also become authorpreneurs. 

He quotes Elon Musk: Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death. 

Every day I sit down to write/market/blog/learn/improve my skills, I need to organize that day. I need to watch the time sucks–we all know what they are–FB, Twitter, Huffington Post, email. I write the schedule and set a timer to make sure I’m following it!

I’ve added a few more Elon Quotes.

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Do you agree?

Let me know what you think in the comments and feel free to share.

#amediting a JET-Reborn. New Release January 2018

 

 

 

The Little Voice Inside Our Head

I looked up the #1 book on Amazon on CREATIVITY. Do you want to know what it is?

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown.  And # 2 is The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Creative Battles by Stephen Pressfield. When did the art of creating become such a painful process? Or is it cliché?

I love Dr. Brown’s lectures, writings and stories. The first time I watched her on TED, I was overwhelmed by emotion; and related to the simple principles she teaches. Vulnerability. Imperfection. Inadequacy.

Stephen Pressfield describes his book as overcoming “roadblocks” and setting up “battle plans.”

Are we really at “war” when we decide to create?

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I will admit when writing LOVE The Beat Goes On, my new release on Amazon, I dug deep. But I kept it together. I wonder how memoirists can spend years writing about past pain, trials and tribulations. I can’t imagine what it takes to go back and dig all that crap up. In LOVE, I chose to keep it short, and still… I cried. And cried some more. When you’re told to get your affairs in order–and I don’t mean the romantic kind–it’s scary! And dredging up those memories was super painful. But, the messages I’m receiving from first readers more than makes up for it. I would say the challeges of the creative process are worth it for me.

I choose to keep pages of quotes to inspire me. I throw them on my FB page. I do it for me. I use them as screensavers. There’s always a message that jumps out at me when I need it. And they help me by reminding me of my “Why.” Many talented people have gone before me, and I cherish their brilliant sound bites.

I think lots of creatives have become successful without fighting “battles.” We’re not all alcoholics, drug addicts or damaged people. But we all share one thing: we must be brave enough to put ourselves out there, to be open to criticism. I suppose that might classify a lot of us as… strange okay, maybe a wee bit crazy!

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Yes, these are quotes I can live by.

And finally, I found myself writing the initials I A E on my wrist this winter. Every time I felt inadequate, unworthy or just plain freaked out, I would look at my wrist and smile. And know in my heart that through my words some day in some way I could let someone know that LOVE is out there and you are not alone.

This one’s for YOU:

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