Andy Shackcloth

Andy Shackcloth
Andy Shackcloth
Journaling for Creativity (working title)
I have been teased for my analytical and engineering centred brain. You live with the odd “get a life” comment whilst analysing what to others appears mundane but which for me has layers of fascination. So it was, with the simple art of putting personal pen to personal paper. My initial exploration of journaling (who uses them, how they are used, what works, what doesn’t, the benefits, the beliefs), led to a more detailed investigation. This subsequently led to deeper research into other disciplines and soon I found myself examining the very nuts and bolts of this practice called journaling.

I discovered that journaling is a multifaceted instrument and almost immediately I needed to filter out personal journaling, medical journaling, family journaling (time capsule journaling), scrapbooking etc. There are so many other facets to “writing in a journal”, but what fascinated me and what I wanted to focus on was journaling that benefits the creativity of the user.

However, “Journaling that benefits the creativity of the user” is a bit of a mouthful, so I simply call it;

“Journaling for Creativity”
J4Creativity
Italy
I kick around in Arezzo, Italy and write whenever life stops getting in the way.

I have four children, all of which are cleverer than me and all, but one, taller than me. I also happen to be blessed with the most precious wife in the universe.

I haven’t published anything, yet. Originally this was because I used to write purely for myself. Recently, my fiction writing was derailed when a deep curiosity was ignited whilst looking into the practice of journaling and its uses in creative writing. For a time research had replaced writing, non-fiction had replaced fantasy. Moving to Italy and learning a new language played their part in slowing me down, but those are excuses and not real reasons.

And so apart from writing, I also love to laugh and eat ice cream.

I like motorbikes, watching films, reading, good food, going out, theatre, working with my hands, ice cream, learning science stuff and hugs.

Not big on booze, football, snobbery, narrow mindedness, bigots and selfish sods.

Oh! And not that big on diets either.

Did I mention ice cream?
Enhancing creativity through focused journaling techniques. –
The relationship between our awareness and mindfulness, and our creative-self. –
Active sensing; enhancing the seven basic senses.