Part of the Creative Ways with Money philosophy is knowing your own strengths, skills and resources and then finding creative new ways to share them with others. In the book, we do this through finding our life’s purpose (our Ikigai), knowing what’s real and what’s not, and applying our strengths to business or online income streams.

It seems everything is changing at the moment and many of us can’t figure out what to do with our time. Remember that we don’t just create in a vacuum. We must look at what is real right now and set an intention for ourselves.

Here is one personal development author’s take on it:

“Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart truly desires must come to you.” — Shakti Gawain

So simple. To help you envision your new publishing future, Sarah Prout believes there are many ways to get your intention to ruminate in your subconscious, e.g.:

Vision Boards … Affirmations … Gratitude sessions … Subliminals … Affirmations … Journalling … Goal Writing …

 

It’s been said that the subconscious is the powerhouse of the mind. If you give your mind the space it needs (without its monkey chatter and fear), then the right idea or solution will come to you. Anxiety can get in the way of solutions and creativity, so it’s important to be calm; well, as calm as possible in this time of flux.


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The Creative Process

Just as writing words are my antidote to the current madness of the world, you might have your own. It could be poetry, creating art, graphic design, craft/sewing, or writing blogs.

While we keep getting told what to do both by authorities and random social media ‘experts’, there is more space now to do what you want! It doesn’t have to lead to income right now, as mostly it won’t, but you could, say, put aside half your day for work towards income-focused activity and half split between creativity and support of others.

As I edit an interior design and history book, I realise that there is a market space for hybrid works (even though I doubted the concept’s sales potential initially). If you love to delve into one area but have a reputation for another, consider how those two worlds could come together harmoniously in one work (manuscript or film).

The main components when creating a work for commercial success is asking:

  • Will it resonate with its intended audience?
  • Will its nice design and format (size/type) unite with the story?
  • Could it be desired as an escape to the current reality, or be thought provoking and of the moment?
  • How will this work get out to people, the right people, at the right time?

You’ll gather this information alone, or perhaps with your editor or publishing coach helping. In fact, a good book coach/developmental editor will help you get a feel for the market and particular segments that will love your book.

That’s what acquisitions editors do, when they take on an author.

 

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