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Sustaining Creative Focus

Focus is tough to maintain at the best of times. During this tumultuous period, it’s even more challenging to free our minds from distraction, so our imaginations can run free. This barrier to creativity isn’t new. After renowned English novelist and poet, Charlotte Brontë accepted a teaching position at Roe Head School for girls, (1835-1838), she too grappled with a steep reduction in creative focus. She wrote to a poet laureate in hopes of inspirational advice, and received a reply advising that she “take care of over-excitement, and endeavour to keep a quiet mind.”

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The Wild Nellies Online Meet-up for Womxn Creatives

Dear womxn creatives, whatever you’re doing—actively creating, reflecting, or resting in stillness—we’re your people. If you’re passionate about your art–or want to be–please join us for an inspiring discussion about creativity.

Conversations with other artists replenish my soul and my imagination which is why I love this event. Hang out with us online at The Wild Nellies Meet-up for Womxn Creatives and enjoy inspiring insights from our creativity panel featuring:

Sacha Visagie, Canadian Country Artist and philanthropist
Helen Leach-Edwards, visual artist
Premika Leo, dancer, circus aerialist, actor, activist
FJ Doucet, poet and fiction writer
Gwen Tuinman, novelist and creator of The Wild Nellies Continue reading “The Wild Nellies Online Meet-up for Womxn Creatives”

One Writer’s Room

Virginia Woolf said that a woman needs a room of her own if she’s to write fiction. I’m privileged to have such a room. It’s a snug space that accommodates a desk and chair, a book shelf, and a sofa table. There’s enough space along the centre of the room to roll out a yoga mat and meditate in front an antique stand made by my great grandfather. Through the window this morning, I see espaliered plum trees growing alongside a sprawling elderberry bush. Continue reading “One Writer’s Room”

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