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    To fulfill creative promise takes discipline, vulnerability, and courage. I created this channel to inspire you—and me—every day to discover more about our potential, to improve skill and agility with the elements of story craft, and to practice beauty. What do I mean by that…

    Though we work alone in our studios and at our desks, we are not alone. We learn from fellow artists and writers, past and present.
    The 20th century American painter Georgia O’Keeffe said of her teacher Arthur Wesley Dove: “His idea was to… ‘fill a space in a beautiful way.’”

    The 13th-century Persian poet Rumi said, “Let the beauty we love be what we do.”

    This conscious striving for beauty has long encouraged people toward their best work. Let’s examine the definitions.

    Beauty: A delightful quality associated with harmony of form or color, excellence of craftsmanship, truthfulness, originality. A quality or feature that is most effective, gratifying, or telling. An outstanding or conspicuous example. Beauty is not only an aesthetic quality, but also an ethical one of truth and a principled one of integrity. “Liberty Enlightening the World” was given to the United States in 1886 by the people of France. Its beauty became an icon of freedom for people around the world.

    Beautiful: Having qualities that delight the senses or that excite intellectual or emotional admiration. To create something beautiful is not only to please, but also to challenge the mind and raise our expectations and standards. The beautiful calligraphy in the Constitution of the United States embodies beautiful ideas to which this nation still strives.

    My guiding principle is: Artful vision, heartfelt action. I learn from other artists and writers, as well as from my own disciplined practices. Through short “Moments of Mastery” videos and full courses, I share what I know and am still discovering about writing, visual storytelling, and fruitful creative process.

    I’d love to hear from you in the comments below how you practice beauty in your creative life.

    Now, find an example of beauty—an object, an image, or passage of writing. What does it represent to you? Describe the qualities. In what ways is it pleasing? …truthful? In what ways does it have integrity? ...challenge your mind? …raise your expectations? …your standards? Write about your discoveries.

    Prepare yourself for moments of mastery!

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  • Writing Fiction Play all

    Inspire your creative writing for success! Explore the power and art of storytelling. Gain agility with the elements of fiction. Fulfill your promise as a writer and contribute to the human story through your books and stories. For writers who read, readers who write, and book lovers who want to read like a writer.
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    Memoir writers use the tools, techniques, and story elements of fiction. In a memoir, the events actually happened and the people and places exist. Fiction can be as "true" as memoir regarding human experience and emotions, but events, characters, and places are fictionalized or invented. Memoir is told from the first-person point of view—the "I" and the "eye."
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  • Visual Storytelling

    Visual Storytelling takes many forms. I use it as a creative consultant, graphic facilitator, designer, and illustrator, as well as educator. Traditional storytelling, verbal or written, relies on the storyteller (speaker, author) to conjure images in the listeners' or readers' minds using words. Visual storytelling, including movies, illustrated books, slide presentations, graphic facilitation, and sketch notes, presents images, as well as words, to spark meaning in the minds of the audience.
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      How will your stories make a world of difference? It's in whole-body imagining. The magic is in us! Here’s a short tale about the power of storytelling and the art of story.

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  • Hand-Drawn Visual Story

    Explore the power and art of storytelling through hand-drawn story videos. Make a difference and be part of the change you want to see. Express your ideas and information in easy to understand, memorable videos that incorporate whole-brain visual thinking.
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      Christine Walker and Dennis Hysom created this hand-drawn story video to inspire people every day to create a more harmonious world through the art, music, and the power of storytelling

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  • Creative Process

    Creative process is similar to a classic hero’s journey story structure. It has a beginning, middle, and end. It begins with promise and anticipation, leads us through challenges and the unknown, and delivers us at our destination or not, having achieved our goal or not, but transformed by the journey and having acquired greater wisdom.

    In this playlist I explore creative process as it relates to writing, storytelling, and visual art. I share knowledge I’ve gained from a long creative life as a painter, writer, and creative consultant and from mentors and students.
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