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“Accessing your authentic message and writing your transformational book is one of the most powerful things you will ever do for yourself, your readers, your business and ultimately – the world.” A profile notes Christine Kloser "teaches spiritual guidance and intuition along with nuts-and-bolts writing, publishing and marketing expertise." In a post on one of her sites, she comments about a story contest for transformational authors to win a book publishing package with her publishing company.
As an author, even if you are connected with a publisher, you have more to do than just create a book and expect it will be seen by the audience it could interest or benefit. Author, teacher and entrepreneur Joanna Penn finds: “To be a successful indie author means wearing many different hats.”
Author, professor and CEO Ocean Robbins and his father John are examples of transformational writers. Ocean recalls: "I was ten-years-old when my dad first began to write Diet for a New America. It was the first book to expose the truth about factory farms, and the link between food and our planet, to a wide audience. In the five years after the book’s publication in 1987, beef consumption in the United States dropped by 25%, and my dad received more than 50,000 letters from readers, thanking him for changing their lives. "As we’ve seen in our family, sometimes writing can change the world."
Most of my limited experience of fashion photography has been the occasional magazine feature or ad, and the images typically seem to me mainly designed to document the clothing. The work of London-based fashion photographer Natalie Dybisz, who works under the name Miss Aniela, is much more complex and intriguing. Writer Sarah Bradley describes some of how Miss Aniela works: "Blurring the lines between art, photography, and fashion, Miss Aniela’s collection of Surreal Fashion takes us to a mysterious place where the most elaborate and fantastical dreams come to life."
“It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.” Steve Jobs According to some writers and research, some of the "big names" of creativity and innovation share personal qualities with various sorts of "misfits." In her Forbes magazine article, writer Erica Swallow refers to the book “The Innovator’s DNA” which lists several “disruptive innovators” including a number of creative and business leaders such as Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Meg Whitman (eBay) and Sharon Aby (Beyond Ideas).
What seems to be a setback, error or limitation, may often be valuable for encouraging more creative thinking and innovation. Valerie Young writes about two "mistakes" that resulted in very successful products: "Did you know, for example, that Post-It-Notes were the result of what 3M Company researchers at first thought to be a bad batch of glue?
Maybe you kept a diary - or still do. Or use a notebook as a helpful tool for personal growth, to track thinking and inspiration. Artists, as well as entrepreneurs and other creative people, often use storyboards, journals, mindmapping and other idea tools for developing creative projects.
How important is it to identify yourself as an artist - to others, and especially to yourself? What if you don’t get awards for your creative work? What if it isn’t even seen by others? Are you still an artist if you are doing something else for survival? Psychologist Robert Maurer has worked with many creative people and researches the dynamics of success. He comments: “The people who love their craft and see themselves as artists, and carry that identity through and study each day... are the people who thrive. To me, that's the only definition of success that matters.”