What is Gentle Creative?
This is where you can get gentle, realistic advice that will nudge you along with your writing journey.
Do you recognise any of these voices?
I’ll only be a real writer when I’m published.
I’m such a slow writer, I’ll never get anywhere.
Is it worth the effort?
I have a job, family, so much to do, but I really want to write.
… then you’re in the right place. Welcome!
There are so many things that can thwart your writing journey – and most of them happen in your own head. I like to encourage people to get past those inner demons and just keep plodding along. Think of me as your gentle cheerleader!
I think that every creative person should believe that they can express their truth. Your writing matters.
What doesn’t matter is whether you are published, whether you’re making any money at it or whether you have one book, twenty books or none.
Your voice matters. You have something to say. And I want to nudge you into action so you say it.
What will you get when you subscribe?
Every Friday, at 1pm UK time, you’ll get an article delivered straight to your inbox with practical tips that will help you keep going with your writing project and tell those inner gremlins where to go. An archive of previous articles is also available online.
If you’re a paid subscriber (thank you for supporting me financially) then you also get the Monday accountability thread containing three links to useful or interesting stuff. I also share the three things I want to achieve that week. And I invite you to think of three small action steps that will move your project forwards.
Paid subscribers also get the end of month GC Insider which is where I spill the details of my own creative activity – the good, the bad and the ugly. I promise to tell the truth. And I do a monthly Ask me anything Zoom call too where I’m happy to field questions about writing, the creative process, or life and the universe in general!
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Who is Cali Bird?
I live in the UK, about 40 miles north of London. I’m 55 years old and I’ve been a Buddhist for over 30 years.
When I was a student, I did a music degree. Faced with the prospect of being an unemployed flute player, I took the advice of the university careers service and trained to be an accountant!
I’ve spent all of my working life in the corporate world as an accountant, an investment banker and in more recent years as a software consultant. So I know what it’s like to have a real job.
Initially I tried to ignore my creative yearnings but mentally, I crashed and burned one too many times. For the past twenty years I have worked part-time in the day job and pursued creative stuff on the side. I’m currently taking a sabbatical from the job and I really don’t know what’s next on the work front.
I’ve recently published my first novel, called Tales of the Countess. It’s a romantic comedy featuring handbags that talk. Think Sex and the City meets Toy Story!
The book took twenty years to write (though it did spend nine years in the proverbial drawer). It turns out that a f**ked up imagination and reasonable command of the English language wasn’t enough. After six drafts of the manuscript, I discovered that I had a lot to learn about novel writing so I set about mastering story structure and how to show, not tell.
It was worth the effort. The book got excellent reviews. Here’s two of my favourite ones:
“Original (with knobs on), kooky (understatement), heartfelt and laden with humour…”
“It is the epitome of quirky and unorthodox, and takes romcom to a whole other level. I loved it.”
I’ve also been a life coach, given inspirational talks at Mind Body Soul events and wrote a personal development book. My work has been featured on BBC London, in Woman and Home magazine and I’ve done numerous radio interviews on the topic of combining personal creative projects with the day job.
As well as writing Gentle Creative I’m also working on books two and three in the Tales of the Countess series.
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