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Hold the Front Page!

Photo of typewriter on Catching Fireworks blog


Many years ago, a journalist friend of mine gave me a great tip for working your way through a problem or issue which you might be facing in your life.  

Imagine turning it into a news item for a newspaper.

There are several guidelines, he told me, in writing for the press, all of which are really useful if you have something which is going round and round in your head.  Using these guidelines helps you to get the information out of your head and written down in a way that other people can understand.

Take Five with Steven Sparling

Steven Sparling of The Thriving Creative Take Five blog on Catching Fireworks website

Steven Sparling is an actor, singer, teacher, coach, writer and creative entrepreneur.  As a professional actor, he has worked in Canada and the UK and in London’s West End.  He has taught internationally and is currently on the teaching faculty of the London College of Music.  His writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, websites and blogs around the world including The Stage Newspaper, Drama Student Magazine, Musical Stages, ViewLondon, and Square Meal Guide.  He holds a Masters in Creative Entrepreneurship from the University of East Anglia and is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Save Ideas Tap




Last week, I was at a networking meeting and during a conversation with a woman about her young daughter’s interest in making a career in the creative industries, I mentioned Ideas Tap as a great way to get inspiration.  How unfortunate that less than a week later, the news comes that Ideas Tap is to close in June.

I have not directly used the services of the organisation, but as a person passionate about helping creative people, I have read their newsletters, followed their Twitter feed and admired their work.

Negative Emotions Can Be Good For You



Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; 
they're big, flashing signs that something needs to change.
Gretchen Rubin


I had a very interesting conversation recently with a fellow coach about positive and negative emotions which any human being encounters on a regular basis.  We were both slightly at odds with articles which tell you to strive for happiness and never give house room to negative emotions.

Now, I have written on this blog many a time about keeping a positive mindset, so you might think that I am being contradictory here, so let me be clear.

Turning 'Failure' into Success



Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.
Henry Ford


Have you ever had plans which have gone horribly wrong?  You have great expectations, you know exactly how it will turn out - and then it falls completely on its face and seems a waste of time.

But is it?

Sometimes, it can actually be the best thing that could happen.  Now, I am not saying that seeing your plans go wrong is comfortable and I can certainly understand moments when you want to throw your toys out of the pram.