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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

In Memory of Ann Marsden


I regret to say I didn’t know Ann Marsden. I wasn’t conscious of her work, although I’m sure I’ve seen many of her photos.

A coaching client brought her to my attention and sent me a link to a Creative Minds video of Ann talking about her creative process. It’s surreal to watch a video of someone so alive, so talented and insightful while knowing she just recently died. (Ann’s obit)

As I watched the video, I thought I would have loved to talk with Ann about creativity, vision and sharing your passion.

I thought I’d like to share her video on my blog, but then I thought I shouldn’t. Maybe it’s not right somehow. I’ve posted links to TED talks and other videos relevant to writing and resistance, but this seemed different for some reason…

Towards the end of the video, Ann says “If you haven’t done it yet, you should probably do it. You should try anyway.”

So in honor and in memory of Ann’s encouragement to do what we haven’t done yet, I invite you to watch this Creative Minds video presentation of Ann Marsden.

And I join Ann in encouraging you to do something you haven’t done before, something that the creative voice inside you says “Yes, follow this!” Who knows, what you create might be something that lives on after you’re gone and inspires others to share their creativity the way Ann did.

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