A late blooming writer finds out about the science of creativity from John Cleese.

I admit it. I’m a John Cleese fan. I’ve been hooked on his silly antics from somewhere in the early 70’s. I remember late nights of watching Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Then hooked on Fawlty Towers, and somewhere in there was The Life of Brian, and his best ever, in my mind – A Fish Called Wanda.

So what has John Cleese, this highly educated man who delights in playing the buffoon, got to tell us about the science of creativity. Well, a lot actually. If you will go to your browser, click on John Cleese Creativity you will get about 5 or more links to YouTube.

John Cleese has come up with this delightful speech to explain just how creativity works. For many of us, myself included, who lock ourselves in a room, haunt our local coffee shop or library and wait for something to strike us – well John Cleese has outlined just how it works.

Now, there is a warning as you watch the videos, this is John Cleese, he is known to make light of about everything on this earth, but he does say some amazing things.

His first is, Creativity is not a talent, it’s a way of operating. I gave a great sigh of relief at this one. Thank god I thought, there is a chance for me.

He said, and I paraphrase heavily, that creative people put themselves in a mood, by giving themselves space, and they devote a certain amount of time to the process.

Now, here was his major statement, at least it was to me, he said the creative person delved into a childlike mood to be able to play with ideas. Sound good. I thought it sounded fantastic!

I realized when I watched his videos that this is exactly where I go to when I write my books. I find that when I spend time, real-time that is uninterrupted, I’m able to delve into a realm of my mind that solves problems with characters and story lines. It’s just what happens. And John Cleese explains that in his videos as well.

The main part that I obtained from the videos, is how science saw the ability of the mind to play. Do you remember all the wonderful things you came up with as child? Then realized, by the age of 10 or 12 that the games of imagination were gone. No one wanted to play them anymore.

Now, John Cleese has opened the flood gates. Its science calling, not someone’s opinion on the field of play. You can lock yourself in that room, let your mind wander, and play with ideas until something formulates. Tell your significant other you’re being creative. Okay, even if your making funny noises in there – no one will mind.

I wish you all good writing, numerous downloads, and great reviews.

A late blooming writer finds a road map for new writers with The CreativePenn.com.

I admit it, the world of Independent Publishing is daunting. I recently published a Novella through an Independent publisher, and have watched it drift aimlessly after its launch. Yes, all that excitement over the publication, and the let down of “what now?”

That seems to be a recurring theme amongst Indie Authors. The dream of being the next Fifty Shades of Grey Author (even if you don’t write Erotica) seems to slip away, as you see one lonely review of you work on Amazon or Kobo. So, where do you go for help? Is there a road map out of this wilderness of Indie Publishing, with poor sales?

I have to say, I’ve found a great resource in Joanna Penn, and her website The Creative Penn.Com . Joanna offers a tremendous help to new writers in her Author 2.0 Your BluePrint for Writing Publishing and Marketing Your Book.

I wish I would have found the site earlier. Well, actually my Blog coach, Carrie Mumford sent Joanna Penn’s website to me with a remark about what a great resource it was, and it took me 2 months to open it and review the information. No, I’m not the sharpest crayon in the box!

What I found on the Author 2.0 Blueprint is probably the best information on Indie Publishing I’ve seen. And, the best part, the site is free!

There are 57 pages of information on writing, blogging, social networking and how to market your book, and get reviews after you’ve published. There is also Joanna’s personal Pod Casts of interviews with Indie Publishers, and blogs by successful Indie Authors. Now 57 pages may not seem like much, but there are so many links to other sites, with resources referenced it took me 2 weekends to get through it all.

What I liked the most about Joanna Penn’s work, is her honesty. She published her first work some years ago, and it went nowhere. Sound familiar? Then with much research, she found what did work, applied it, and got great sales on Amazon. Now that is what I call a real success story for an Indie Author.

The site Author 2.0 also references other links, where writers can download her other books on aids for writing, and I think that’s great. I’ve found her free information so valuable, I’ve no problem with paying out 39.95 to 69.95 to get even more information on this new world of Indie Publishing.

So, do I sound like a fan? Well, yes I am. I have signed up for Joanna’s Blogs, her tweets, and I’ve found her posts to be highly informative, and exactly what I need to learn in this new world of Indie publishing. I’m sure there are many more sites out there, but as of now, I’m rather impressed by Joanna’s.

I wish all of you great writing, good reviews, and many downloads.