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The Daily Writer with Kent Sanders

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The Daily Writer Podcast helps you cultivate the mindset and habits for creative success. Each weekday, author and ghostwriter Kent Sanders brings you a short lesson on writing inspired by some of history's greatest artists, authors, and thinkers. The weekend edition features listener Q&A, conversat… read more

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Collaborating on "The Faith of Elvis" with Billy Stanley

October 6th, 2022

52:48

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Writing is Just a Job

October 5th, 2022

2:51

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Taking Initiative to Get What You Want

October 4th, 2022

4:05

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The Power of Generosity

October 3rd, 2022

3:32

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TikTok Secrets for Authors with Shelby Leigh

October 2nd, 2022

37:32

My guest today is Shelby Leigh, a mental health poet and self-love advocate who has been sharing her work online for 7+ years, amassing a following …

Write a New Ending to Your Story

October 1st, 2022

7:50

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Your Writing Begins as a Gift

September 30th, 2022

1:41

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How to Create a Powerful Book Proposal with Liz Morrow

September 29th, 2022

49:06

Whether you are self-publishing, using a traditional publisher, or perhaps considering a hybrid publisher for your book, you are going to need a book proposal. But why is it so important, and how do you go about …

Will Your Words Bring Life or Death?

September 28th, 2022

1:35

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Are You a Tastemaker?

September 27th, 2022

3:03

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Be So Good They Can't Ignore You

September 26th, 2022

1:59

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The Missing Ingredient to Writing Success with Ariel Curry

September 25th, 2022

43:04

Kent talks to Ariel Curry, who is an editor and writing coach with ten years of experience in publishing. She enjoys brainstorming and outlining new book ideas, bringing clarity and purpose to prose, and helping authors …

Nobody Ever "Arrives"

September 24th, 2022

3:10

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We Write Because We Love Our Readers

September 23rd, 2022

1:42

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Using Social Media to Increase Your Impact and Influence with John Schuchman

September 22nd, 2022

52:23

Whenever you hear the term “social media,” what’s your response? Many writers reel back a little at the idea of getting more involved on social media …

Like Sands Through the Hourglass

September 20th, 2022

2:34

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Focus on This Instead

September 19th, 2022

2:06

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How to Write a Must-Read Book with AJ Harper

September 18th, 2022

49:14

Kent talks to author, ghostwriter, and editor AJ Harper about her new book, Write a Must-Read: Craft a Book That Changes Lives--Including Your Own. AJ shares why a book is not just a better business card, why you need …

(Almost) Everything is a Draft

September 17th, 2022

3:09

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Love the Work, Not Just the End Result

September 16th, 2022

2:17

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Growing Your Audience Through Podcasting with Jen Smith

September 15th, 2022

41:21

Kent talks to author and podcaster Jen Smith about how she has used her podcast and books to make both of them more successful, how she engages her …

The Most Important Work You Do is on Yourself

September 14th, 2022

2:36

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One Bad Decision Away From a Train Wreck

September 13th, 2022

4:55

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What's Your Ten-Year Dream?

September 12th, 2022

2:08

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Practicing Creativity Every Day with Todd Henry

September 11th, 2022

30:37

Kent talks to author Todd Henry about the importance of daily practices, how Todd used his daily writing time to write a draft of the book in just …

In the End, It All Goes Back in the Box

September 10th, 2022

3:29

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Never Forget Your Roots

September 9th, 2022

3:11

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Redefining Success as a Writer with Tim Schurrer

September 8th, 2022

37:08

Kent talks to author Tim Schurrer about what it means to be successful in writing and creative work, and how we should become obsessed with doing the …

Run Your Own Race

September 7th, 2022

3:19

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You Don’t Need Permission

September 6th, 2022

2:26

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Keep a Beginner's Mindset

September 5th, 2022

3:15

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Writing Habits Practice #8: Finish What You Start

September 4th, 2022

2:42

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Expert Book Marketing Strategies with Shelley Hitz

September 3rd, 2022

35:35

Kent talks to author and book marketing expert Shelly Hitz about her story of becoming an author of dozens of books, and book marketing practices you can put into practice right away.

Since 2008, Shelley Hitz and her …

Writing Habits Practice #7: Take a Walk

September 2nd, 2022

3:37

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Writing Habits Practice #6: Keep Going Even When It's Bad

September 1st, 2022

2:22

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Hitting 100 Amazon Reviews and Social Media Book Marketing with Sadie Kolves

August 31st, 2022

35:16

Kent talks to author and entrepreneur Sadie Kolves about getting to 100 Amazon reviews with her first book, using social media to promote your book, …

Writing Habits Practice #5: Figure Out Your Most Productive Time of Day

August 30th, 2022

3:31

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Writing Habits Practice #4: Don't Wait for the Perfect Conditions

August 29th, 2022

2:12

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Writing Habits Practice #3: Build Anchor Rituals to Develop Your Routine

August 28th, 2022

3:36

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The Power of Collaboration and Creativity with Terry Weaver

August 27th, 2022

59:22

Kent talks to speaker, author, and ideapreneur Terry Weaver about the awesome power of collaboration and how to bring people together to create …

Writing Habits Practice #2: Set Up a Dedicated Writing Space

August 26th, 2022

3:15

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Do You Have a Goal for Your Writing?

August 25th, 2022

2:37

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How to Write a Novel with Joanna Penn

August 24th, 2022

48:27

Kent talks to Joanna Penn about her brand-new book, How to Write a Novel. You’ll learn how writing a novel changes you, whether you should try …

4 Observations About Writing Habits

August 23rd, 2022

3:38

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The Pathway to Your Writing Dreams

August 22nd, 2022

2:47

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The Exception to the “Core Message” Rule

August 21st, 2022

6:47

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The Power of Writing It Down with Ally Fallon

August 20th, 2022

42:11

Kent talks to author and coach Ally Fallon about the ins and outs of writing a memoir. What happens when you’re not sure where to start or end your story? How do you go about the process? Ally helps us walk through the …

How to Identify Your Core Message

August 19th, 2022

8:13

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The Benefits of Focusing on a Core Message

August 18th, 2022

6:07

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Grow Your Network with the Power of Generosity with Vincent Pugliese

August 17th, 2022

49:45

Kent talks to Vincent Pugliese about how to think more deeply about growing your network and building your relationships with the power of generosity.

Vincent is the founder of the Total Life Freedom Community, host of …

Why You Should Focus on One Core Message

August 16th, 2022

3:41

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The Daily Writer is Back! (And a Few Exciting Updates)

August 15th, 2022

17:58

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The Daily Writer Podcast Will Return on August 15th

July 11th, 2022

1:53

Just a quick note to let you know we’re taking a short break from our daily episodes. Over the next month, I’ll be finishing the second draft of the Daily Writer book that releases on November 1st, and I’ll also be …

3 Successful Writers with Multiple Streams of Income

July 10th, 2022

10:06

Today, I want to share three writers who are great examples of what we’ve been talking about in this series. Each of them has a clear message for a …

How Does the Writer's Path Benefit Your Business?

July 9th, 2022

3:16

We’ve spent the last couple of weeks talking about several milestones in The Writer’s Path. I want to emphasize again that these are not necessarily sequential in the sense that you can’t move on to the next one until …

Milestone #7: Practice Key Habits for Wellness, Productivity & Success

July 8th, 2022

3:23

Now we’ve come to the final milestone in The Writer’s Path, which is simply this: Practice key habits for wellness, productivity, and success.

Why it’s important: Without key habits, you will burn out or have some sort …

Milestone #6: Create Streams of Income Based on Your Writing & Services

July 7th, 2022

4:12

So far, we have talked about getting clear on your message and audience, choosing your platforms, writing consistently, publishing books, and expanding your network. Once you have those in place, then you are ready to …

Milestone #5: Expand Your Network of Friends, Fans & Connections

July 6th, 2022

4:45

We’ve talked about several steps in the Writer’s Path, and today we’ll focus on Milestone #5: Expanding your networking of friends, fans, and …

Milestone #4: Publish & Market Books That Solve Problems for Your Readers

July 5th, 2022

4:37

So far in this series, we have looked at the importance of getting clear on your audience and message, building the platforms where you will share your content, and writing consistently.

That brings us to Milestone #4: …

A Declaration Worth Making

July 4th, 2022

1:51

On July 4th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress pronounced that it was officially independent of British rule. Known as the Declaration of …

Milestone #3: Write Consistent Content That Helps Readers

July 3rd, 2022

5:23

So far, we have talked about getting specific on your core message and audience, and building the platforms where you will share your content. Now let’s look at Milestone #3: Write consistent content that helps your …

Milestone #2: Build the Platforms Where You Will Share Your Content

July 2nd, 2022

4:06

Yesterday, we talked about the importance of getting specific about your core message and audience. Let’s move on to Milestone #2: Build the platforms where you will share your content.

Why it’s important: When you see …

Milestone #1: Clarify a Powerful Message for a Specific Audience

July 1st, 2022

5:02

So far, I’ve given you a quick introduction to The Writer’s Path, why it’s important, and I’ve shared a bit of my story of traveling the path myself. Over the next couple of weeks, you’ll learn more detail about each of …

My Story of Traveling the Writer's Path

June 30th, 2022

6:05

Now that you have a basic idea of what The Writer’s Path is all about, I’d like to share my story of traveling this pathway myself.

I began blogging around 2007 or 2008. I had several blogs and was just writing for fun. …

The Key Idea Behind the Writer's Path

June 29th, 2022

7:33

I was a college professor for many years, so anytime I’m creating content, I begin with what I call a “key idea.” Anytime that I created class …

Why Does the Writer’s Path Matter?

June 28th, 2022

3:07

Today I want to explore the question, “Why does the Writer’s Path matter?” What’s the point of it, anyway? Why am I doing this series?

Here’s what I have observed: Lots of writers are frustrated because they are working …

New Series—The Writer's Path: 7 Steps to Building a Writing Business

June 27th, 2022

3:51

You might know (or maybe you don’t) that about a year ago, I left my full-time job as a college professor to do ghostwriting full-time. That’s my …

What We Relate to as Humans

June 26th, 2022

2:12

It’s natural for us to talk about our successes and triumphs.

It’s not quite so natural to talk about our mistakes and failures. We’re afraid people …

Clint Evans, The Behavior Chef, on Building Healthy Habits

June 25th, 2022

42:13

Summertime is now fully upon us, and with that, the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Summer is also the perfect time to …

The Central Question for Every Writer

June 24th, 2022

1:53

When you look back over your life, you can see a pattern. We spend lots of time and energy going from person to person trying to find an answer to the central question that drives our lives: What is my purpose?

On …

Be a Creator, Not a Critic

June 23rd, 2022

3:02

When it comes to the creative arts, there have always been two roles in society: those who are creators and those who are critics. The creators are …

You Have to Make the Leap

June 22nd, 2022

2:42

Nothing else defines you quite like your family. It’s where you got your name, your personality, your sense of a place in this world, and so much more. Some writers came from a supportive environment, while others were …

Be a Finisher

June 21st, 2022

1:52

It’s scary to start a writing project. But you know what’s even scarier? Finishing it.

Sometimes we think that being a writer means to be constantly gaining new ideas and exploring creative possibilities—which is true. …

Your Only Competition

June 20th, 2022

2:43

If you ever run a race, you’ll notice there are two kinds of runners: those who are competing against everyone else, and those who are competing against themselves.

The ones who are competing against everyone else take …

If You Want to Change the World

June 19th, 2022

2:00

Most of us grow up believing that we can change the world.  

Then, as we get older, some life experience and a bit of cynicism set in. Pretty soon we …

Historian Craig Fehrman on the U.S. Presidents as Authors

June 18th, 2022

51:00

The office of the President of the United States gets a lot of attention for various reasons, but have you ever looked at our Presidents through the lens of the books they wrote?

If you've never considered this, you're …

But Does it Make You Happy?

June 17th, 2022

2:18

There are a lot of questions you have probably asked about the results of your writing. Here are a few of them:

Will it make my life better?

Will it …

3 Ways to Write About Your Pain

June 16th, 2022

2:14

If you had to pin down one universal emotion that all humans experience, it’s pain.

We are often afraid to share our pain because we’re afraid we will look weak. So, we lock up our feelings in a box, set it on a shelf …

It's the Most Important Skill

June 15th, 2022

2:51

There are lots of skills that are important for writers, but there is one skill that trumps them all. It also happens to be the oldest communication …

Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

June 14th, 2022

1:48

The comedian Steve Martin famously said, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” The simplicity of this statement is stunning. Those seven words contain the secret of getting noticed, building an audience, and all the other …

Here’s How to Instantly Multiply Your Ideas

June 13th, 2022

3:01

John Steinbeck said, “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” 

Writers are known for their creativity, but the truth is that the well sometimes runs dry. …

What Do You Want to Say?

June 12th, 2022

2:02

If you identify as a writer—and I assume you do since you’re listening to this podcast—you probably have some type of outlet for writing.

Having a place to write, and having an audience who expects your work on a …

John David Mann on the Art & Craft of Storytelling

June 11th, 2022

47:39

There are many different types of writing—journalism, novels, short stories, nonfiction, blog posts, graphic novels, and a hundred others. But one thing that ties all writing together is storytelling.

Stories are the …

Are You Open to Receiving?

June 10th, 2022

2:00

On this podcast, we talk a lot about giving. I want you to be a generous writer. But what does that mean, exactly?

I look at it this way. Being a generous writer means that you give more in value than you receive from …

Friendliness is a Habit

June 9th, 2022

2:08

This episode is for all the writers who struggle to be outgoing.

I get it—most of us writers are introverts. We get our energy by spending time alone rather than spending it with people. But the reality is that people …

4 Key People Skills for Writers

June 8th, 2022

3:25

We writers have the well-earned reputation for not being the best at people skills, which is unfortunate because it’s certainly not always true. Writing is a people-centered business even though we spend a good amount …

Choose Your Model

June 7th, 2022

2:10

It’s a blessing and a curse to live in the internet age. It’s a blessing, of course, because we have access to unlimited knowledge and connections. There are a million options for where you want to take your writing …

Who Are Your Six?

June 6th, 2022

2:22

Have you ever heard someone refer to your “six”? It refers to the six people who will carry your casket at your funeral.

I want you to think about …

Be a Curator, Not Just a Consumer

June 5th, 2022

2:22

Like me, you probably get sucked into lists of books, movies, or music that others have put together. These might consist of the top 10 movies of all time, the best 50 guitarists, the top 15 novels, the top 10 books on …

Ghostwriter Alice Sullivan on Writing a Compelling Memoir

June 4th, 2022

42:59

As writers, we love to tell stories. Whether you're writing fiction or nonfiction, stories are a critical part of how we share information and help others engage in the human experience.

Maybe you've thought about doing …

Pour Out the Healing Waters

June 3rd, 2022

1:37

Water can be a metaphor for life or death.

Ask anyone who has gotten sick from contaminated water or tried to avoid falling out of a canoe while going down the Amazon River teeming with deadly piranhas. They will tell …

Take a Break

June 2nd, 2022

1:31

When you’re passionate about what you do, it’s hard to stop. Ask any writer who loves writing and they can attest that it can be hard to let your foot off the gas pedal and take a break.

It’s especially hard when you …

The World Without You

June 1st, 2022

2:22

Each year on Christmas Eve, millions of people gather around their TV sets—or today, their computer screens—to watch the classic movie It’s a …

The Happiest Place on Earth

May 31st, 2022

1:55

Disney parks all over the world are known as the happiest places on earth. And judging by the number of people who flock there each year, it is …

Add to the Conversation

May 30th, 2022

1:51

Do you know that feeling when you’re at a social gathering and people have divided into small groups? Every group is talking about a different topic and no matter what group you gravitate to, it seems like you don’t …

Behind the Scenes of My New Book "18 Words to Live By"

May 28th, 2022

1:04:23

I’m thrilled to feature this conversation with my good friend M. J. James. M. J. is a member of our Daily Writer Community, and she has built an amazing podcast and website called Burned Out Business Mom. You probably …

The Time That is Given to You

May 27th, 2022

2:01

In your life as a writer, there are many things you get to choose: how and when you write, what kind of material you create, the type of platform you want to build, and so much more.

But there is one thing none of us …

Write an Unexpected Ending

May 26th, 2022

2:08

On May 21, 1990, audiences tuned in to the series finale of the CBS show Newhart. They probably expected a standard final episode that wrapped up the 8-season run telling the story of Dick Louden, a Vermont innkeeper …

Your One Thing

May 25th, 2022

2:30

Each day is a thread you are weaving into an epic tapestry.

One day, the threads will run out and your life will be over. When your friends and loved ones reflect on your final tapestry, what will they see? Will they …

Begin with the End in Mind

May 24th, 2022

3:32

In his classic book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey famously wrote, “Begin with the end in mind.” Come with me on a journey to the end—the end of your life.

What will future generations know about …

Think 100 Years Into the Future

May 23rd, 2022

2:09

On a day-to-day basis, we are consumed with the here and now—what we have to write and publish today or this week.

Expand your horizons and think not just about this week, this month, or this year. Go beyond even the …

Create a Body of Work

May 22nd, 2022

2:50

The writer Matthew Kelly said, “It is important to understand that you are not writing a story or a book, or a sentence or a paragraph. You are writing a body of work. Whatever you are writing today is just one small …

Jared Odle on Making & Growing Friendships as a Writer

May 21st, 2022

1:03:56

A big challenge that we face in our creative work is simply the fact that we work alone much of the time. Even if you work with a team on projects that include editors, graphic designers, beta readers, maybe co-authors …

A Lesson from Gothic Cathedrals

May 20th, 2022

3:07

When I became a college professor in 2004, one of the courses I was assigned was Introduction to the Arts. It was a basic survey course covering …

Success Comes at a Price

May 19th, 2022

2:42

We all wish for success… but sometimes we forget that it comes at a price.

Take Harper Lee, for example. She published the classic American novel To …

Put Yourself in a Box

May 18th, 2022

1:33

Most people don’t like the idea of being put in a box. We want to keep our options open and avoid labels.

But if you want to be successful in your …

Focus on a Specific Audience

May 17th, 2022

2:58

It’s tempting as a writer to think that “everyone” is your audience. But the reality is that your message is not for everyone. It’s a paradox that the more you focus on a very specific type of person, the more people …

It’s Never Just Another Day

May 16th, 2022

1:37

Every writer understands this basic truth: it’s easy to let one day run into the next one. Then weeks, months and eventually years pass by and you wonder where the time went. The writing life can have a certain monotony …

Lost in Your Own Fantasy

May 15th, 2022

2:47

One of the most fascinating characters of Hollywood’s classic film era is Norma Desmond, the lead character of the 1950’s Sunset Boulevard. She is a …

Sarah Werner on Audio Fiction Podcasting, Storytelling, and Success

May 14th, 2022

47:56

For literally thousands of years, readers have enjoyed stories in the form of printed books. Like me, you probably have lots of novels, poetry books, …

For the Love of Readers

May 13th, 2022

1:55

It has been said that the middle of every project feels like a disaster. You’re far enough away from the starting point that you’ve lost some of the enthusiasm you had at the beginning. But you’re too far away from the …

What Comes Easy to You?

May 12th, 2022

2:10

Are you wondering what to write about? Look no further than your own skills and talents. Another way of saying this is, “What comes easy to you?” …

Angels Are in the Details

May 11th, 2022

2:03

You’ve heard the saying, “The devil is in the details.” This refers to the fact that when things go wrong, many times it is the little things that can derail a project or even a business or relationship.

Angels are in …

Playing It Safe is Not Safe

May 10th, 2022

2:31

We writers are a safe bunch.

Business tycoons love the art of the deal. Sports figures love the rush of physical conflict. Skydivers love the sight of the ground rushing toward them, sentencing them toward certain doom …

You Are Not the Hero

May 9th, 2022

1:45

In your author journey, it is easy to view yourself as the hero. You’ve worked hard on your writing, books, and marketing. You’ve conquered emotional obstacles. You’ve proven to yourself that you can do it.

All of those …

Morgan Gist MacDonald on How to Start Writing Your Book Today

May 8th, 2022

47:58

Do you have an idea for a book, but don’t know where to start? If so, you’ll love today’s conversation because I’m featuring a guest who has all the answers you need to start writing that book you’ve been dreaming about.

M.J. James on How to Identify & Overcome Burnout

May 7th, 2022

59:02

I’m excited today to bring you another conversation in our Mental Health Series for Writers. My good friend M.J. James is a member of our Daily Writer Community, and she’s also a mom and ghostwriter.

But she has …

How Do You Want Your Book to Serve Readers?

May 6th, 2022

1:48

Writers tend to think about what a book can do for them, and it can certainly do a lot of things for you. You can grow a business, earn income, build your reputation and credibility, and much more.

However, writing is …

Too Busy to Listen to the Critics

May 5th, 2022

2:06

There’s an old saying that goes something like this: “People who are too busy rowing the boat don’t have time to rock it.” The meaning is pretty …

Marketing is All About People

May 4th, 2022

1:57

Remember the 1980’s movie “Field of Dreams” with Kevin Costner? He plays a farmer who is roaming out in his field one day, and he hears a voice. “Build it and he will come.” He has no idea what the voice means until he …

The Introverted Writer’s Dilemma

May 2nd, 2022

2:42

There are many advantages to being an introverted writer. You enjoy being alone, which is a big benefit when trying to get your writing done. You’d mostly rather spend your time with books than people, which can help …

Melissa Bloom on Moving Past Fear, Doubt, and Overwhelm

May 1st, 2022

53:42

Welcome to the weekend edition of the Daily Writer.

For a while now, I’ve been wanting to do a series of conversations focused around mental health for writers. Everybody knows mental health is important, and we see …

Becky Kopitzke on Making Money and Serving God with Your Writing

April 30th, 2022

41:43

If you’ve been listening to this podcast for a while, you’re probably familiar with my story. I used to be a pastor, then I was a teacher at a …

Fundamentally Trustworthy

April 29th, 2022

2:55

Much has been written about the voice that lives in every writer’s head. We normally think and talk about this voice as a bad thing. So, it’s not a surprise that we think of that voice as untrustworthy. But if you …

How to Instantly Multiply Your Ideas

April 28th, 2022

3:01

John Steinbeck said, “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

Writers are known for their creativity, but the truth is that the well sometimes runs dry. …

Be a Person of Value

April 27th, 2022

2:46

Every writer talks about wanting success, but what does success actually mean? How do you measure it? Is it even a worthy goal in the first place?

Are You Listening to Your Life?

April 26th, 2022

2:37

Author and teacher Parker Palmer wrote a profound little book called Let Your Life Speak. In the book, he writes, “Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.”  

Make Your Own Luck

April 25th, 2022

2:08

The greatest superhero movie ever made is 2008’s The Dark Knight. The movie is admired for many reasons, the biggest of which is Heath Ledger’s amazing performance as Batman’s arch-nemesis, the Joker.

But one of the …

Writing The Go-Giver Marriage (with John David & Ana Mann)

April 24th, 2022

42:59

Picture this: You are the co-author of an enormously successful business book series. You want to write another book in the series, but it’s on a …

Whose Advice Are You Taking?

April 24th, 2022

2:13

One of the most fascinating aspects of being a writer is that lots of people are eager to give you advice. In fact, there is a giant industry of books, conferences, retreats, coaching, and podcasts (this being one of …

From the Shelf to the Stage: Hosting a Powerful Live Event (with Phyllis Jenkins)

April 23rd, 2022

37:50

I’m excited today to feature a conversation with my good friend Phyllis Jenkins, who is here to help authors get a handle on how to put together a …

The Art of Letting Go

April 22nd, 2022

8:16

Let’s talk about one of the hardest truths to swallow. Here it is: the circle of relationships that brought you to where you are is not the circle of relationships that will take you to where you want to be.

Most of us …

Are You Ready to Invest in Yourself?

April 21st, 2022

6:44

If you really want to grow your network and reach a higher level of success in your life as a writer, you must invest in yourself.

There is a lot you can learn from books, conferences, videos, and podcasts. But those …

Successful by Association

April 20th, 2022

3:58

Let’s talk about one of the more uncomfortable truths of the author life. It has nothing to do with books, but it has everything to do with how others perceive you. And therefore, that means it has everything to do with …

How Can You Help?

April 19th, 2022

3:17

Jealousy causes us to be inwardly focused. The more we fixate on what others have, the more angry, resentful, and bitter we become.

You can’t be at …

What Do You Offer That is Unique?

April 18th, 2022

5:39

As writers, sometimes we see another person’s success and believe we should have it as well. But when you stop and think about it, the logic doesn’t …

What Can You Learn from a Successful Writer?

April 17th, 2022

3:45

In the previous two entries in this series, we have taken a look at the destructive nature of jealousy, and why you should focus on what you can do …

Lessons from Publishing My First Book (with Ken Hannaman)

April 16th, 2022

32:17

I’m thrilled to feature this conversation with my good friend Ken Hannaman. Ken is a Possibility Mindset Coach who has a never-ending thirst for knowledge and personal self-discovery. Ken is an executive in the …

Ask What, Not Why

April 15th, 2022

3:08

Have you ever felt like you live in a room with invisible walls that have you trapped? You’re trapped by questions like this:

Why does that so-and-so writer get all the attention?

Why do they have more book sales?

Why …

Their Success Doesn't Mean Your Failure

April 14th, 2022

3:35

If you’re alive and breathing, you have struggled with jealousy. It’s part of the human condition.

But for most writers, jealousy is more than an …

Create Your Own Podcast

April 13th, 2022

4:08

In yesterday’s episode, we talked about the power of being a guest on other people’s podcasts. Today, we will turn the tables and talk about the …

Be a Podcast Guest

April 12th, 2022

4:05

Being an author in our media age isn’t just about creating books or written content. It’s also about creating a media platform that can consist of video, podcasts, and social media.

Of course, I encourage you to take …

New Book Release: 18 Words to Live By

April 11th, 2022

2:48

I’m thrilled to share with you that my brand-new book, 18 Words to Live By: A Father’s Wisdom on What Matters Most, is available today!

18 Words is a …

The Room Where It Happens

April 11th, 2022

2:03

In the musical “Hamilton,” Aaron Burr sings a number called “The Room Where It Happens.” He is upset that his rival, Hamilton, has been invited into the inner circle of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson to help make …

Danielle Cook: The Power of Owning Your Story

April 9th, 2022

39:50

As writers, we spend a lot of time focusing on helping other people tell their stories. Maybe you do client work, coaching, run a writing community as I do, or interview others for a podcast, as I do as well. Even if …

The Power of a Handwritten Note

April 8th, 2022

3:36

There are few things in life as powerful as a handwritten note sent through the mail. Why? Because we all want to feel noticed. We want to feel …

5 Ways to Support Other Writers

April 7th, 2022

3:37

One of the most critical truths of living in the modern world is that we are all connected. As the poet John Donne wrote, “No man is an island.” (And neither is any woman, of course.) And because you are the type of …

An Easy Way to Reduce Friction

April 6th, 2022

2:09

All of us deal with a certain amount of friction as writers. Even under the best of circumstances, there are obstacles and problems that threaten our productivity and success.

When you are under a deadline or …

How Writing Actually Gets Done

April 5th, 2022

2:44

One of the reasons that writing feels so hard to many people is because their expectation doesn’t match the reality of how a clean draft actually gets written.

Many people have an ideal of sitting down at a computer and …

It Can’t Be Done… or Can It?

April 4th, 2022

2:09

If someone gave you the assignment to write a sentence without the letter E, how would you respond? Would you think it’s too difficult, or that it …

The Middle 50%

April 3rd, 2022

3:25

Have you ever thought about why do so many writing projects get started, but never get finished?

Lots of people want to write a book, start a podcast, create a blog, or build a writing business. But why do so many …

Jennifer Zahourek: How to Create Custom Print Books

April 2nd, 2022

49:38

We all know that Amazon and other print-on-demand companies give authors an amazing opportunity to get our books out into the world without having to stock and ship our own books. But you may not have known about the …

Your Book Cover Keeps the Vision Clear

April 1st, 2022

2:23

One of my very best friends is a guy named Eric Elder. He is a musician, author, and creative genius who runs TheRanch.org. A few years ago, we were on a call and he showed me how he stays motivated to finish the books …

One Block at a Time

March 31st, 2022

3:04

Some 4,500 years ago, tens of thousands of Egyptian workers descended upon the Giza Plateau to begin a massive construction project like the world had never seen.

Over a period of twenty years, workers placed 2.3 …

Slow & Steady Wins the Race

March 30th, 2022

2:17

One of Aesop’s best-known fables is “The Tortoise and the Hare.” You’ve probably heard the story before. The hare challenges the tortoise to a race, confident he will win by a long shot. The race begins and the hare …

The Pebble in Your Shoe

March 29th, 2022

2:12

There’s something that has been bothering you. It’s like a pebble in your shoe that irritates you just enough that you think about it all the time. It intimidates you, taunts you, and won’t let you stop thinking about …

Are You Grateful for Your Critics?

March 28th, 2022

1:49

This is the seventh and final entry in our mini-series on dealing with rejection.

Rejection is not fun, but it still has an important place in our business and creative lives. When you’re rejected or criticized, it …

It Only Takes One Match to Burn a Bridge Down

March 27th, 2022

3:25

This is the sixth entry in our mini-series on dealing with rejection.

When your writing has been rejected—or at least when you perceive that it has—you respond emotionally. And that’s totally natural. We all respond …

Journal of a Memoir #1

March 27th, 2022

34:42

In this episode, I begin a series on the making of my Father’s memoir of his experiences in Vietnam. I’ll be writing it with him over the next year or so. I talk about why I’m doing it, some of my fears as I start the …

Brigitte Cutshall: The Formula for Publishing a Quality Book

March 26th, 2022

40:58

Whenever I talk to new writers, the most overwhelming emotion I sense from them is confusion. There are so many options and resources for writing and publishing a book that it's hard to know what to do next.

Stop and Check in With Yourself

March 25th, 2022

2:55

This is the fifth entry in our mini-series on dealing with rejection.

If you saw the 2009 movie Star Trek, which was, of course, a reboot of the classic TV show, you might remember the scene where Spock gets into a …

You’re Being Prepared for Something Great

March 24th, 2022

2:42

This is the fourth entry in our series on dealing with rejection.

One of the biggest paradoxes of feeling hurt is that everyone experiences it, but when you’re going through it, you feel totally alone.

This happens to …

You Don’t Need a Gatekeeper

March 23rd, 2022

1:54

This is the third entry in our mini-series on dealing with rejection.

The publishing world has changed radically in the last fifteen years or so. In …

Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day

March 22nd, 2022

3:20

This is the second entry in our mini-series on dealing with rejection.

It’s happened to all of us. You had your heart set on an opportunity and it falls through. Maybe it’s a writing job, a podcast guest appearance, a …

The Seed of Truth

March 21st, 2022

2:25

Today’s episode is the first in a seven-part series on dealing with rejection.

As writers, we deal with rejection in many forms. You can be rejected by a reader, a publisher, a literary agent, a podcaster, a beta …

Keep a Lid on It

March 20th, 2022

2:28

Have you ever noticed that writers like to talk about the things they’re working on? It’s a strange habit, isn’t it?

Maybe it’s because we like to get feedback on our current work in progress, which is totally fine. …

Jennifer Harshman: How to Write Your Book in 12 Weeks

March 19th, 2022

32:05

We've all heard the stories about people who take years to write a book. In some cases, that's necessary, especially if the author is writing a very large book or one that requires a lot of research, such as a biography …

What You Really Wanted to Say

March 18th, 2022

2:01

If writing is a house, each of us lives on two levels.

The ground floor is where we invite people in. We share things we think people want to hear.

Underneath the ground floor, there is also a basement. The basement is …

It All Goes Back in the Box

March 17th, 2022

2:46

The way some of us writers shrink back from a challenge, you’d think we live forever.

We hesitate to write that book because we fear what others will think. We don’t set up that website because it feels too hard. We …

What's Luck Got to Do With It?

March 16th, 2022

1:49

When you begin studying the lives of the great writers, one of the most surprising things you’ll learn is how well aware most of them were regarding …

Believe It All Over

March 15th, 2022

3:13

One of the curses of being a writer is that we are too rational.

We pride ourselves on reporting the facts of a situation accurately. We love the idea of having an objective point of view, then giving our commentary or …

Celebrating 100,000 Downloads!

March 14th, 2022

7:38

I want to take a moment to let you know about an important milestone we just passed here on the podcast in the last couple of weeks. We hit 100,000 downloads and we are right at 700 total episodes of the podcast!

So, …

No Such Thing as Objective News

March 14th, 2022

3:05

Every day, you are surrounded by news—news on the internet, news on television, news in the newspaper, news that other people deliver. Have you ever thought about how the “news” is actually created? What makes a “news” …

Best Of: Choose Yourself

March 13th, 2022

2:09

This one is for all the kids who were always picked last in middle school gym class. You remember what it was like:

You’d stand there awkwardly with …

Best Of: The Land of a Thousand No's

March 12th, 2022

1:36

We writers live in a world of “yesses.” We love to say yes to that podcast interview, that new idea, that speaking opportunity, or that client work.

There’s a good reason we do this. We don’t want to waste opportunities …

Best Of: Your Scars Are Part of Your Story

March 11th, 2022

2:23

There is a good chance that you know someone who has a tattoo, or you have one yourself. What is the purpose of a tattoo? It’s a way to mark your identity.

But there is another kind of marking that can define you… scars.

Best Of: The Rest is Just Details

March 10th, 2022

1:43

Why do we make writing so difficult?

When you get down to it, writing is a very simple thing. We take a pen and write on paper or in a notebook. We …

Best Of: Are You Master of Your Domain?

March 9th, 2022

2:27

One of the most famous episodes of Seinfeld is “The Contest.” In this episode, Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer compete to see who can demonstrate …

Best Of: You're So Close to Success

March 8th, 2022

2:22

One of the most inspiring stories from the music world during the last few decades comes from the rock band the Foo Fighters.

Dave Grohl was the …

Best Of: It’s Time to Take the Stage

March 7th, 2022

1:52

A powerful movie, if you haven’t seen it, is Dead Poets Society from 1989. The late Robin Williams plays, an English teacher who challenges his …

The Saddest Reason to Avoid Writing

March 6th, 2022

3:27

There are a lot of reasons people give for avoiding the hard work of writing. One of the most common ones is a lack of time. Others include not knowing what to write about, or confusion about processes like blogging or …

Be a Creator, Not Just a Consumer

March 5th, 2022

3:47

One of the most important decisions you make as a writer is how to balance your input and output. Or to say it another way, how much time you devote to watching and consuming versus how much time you spend writing and …

Play a Brave Character

March 4th, 2022

2:24

As a writer, you have to do things sometimes that make you uncomfortable. It might be networking, public speaking, learning self-publishing, joining a writing group, or a hundred other things that seem new and exciting, …

Say It Out Loud

March 3rd, 2022

3:41

If you are familiar with the organization Alcoholics Anonymous, you have probably seen or heard about the way people sometimes introduce themselves …

Step Out of the Shadows

March 2nd, 2022

2:59

One of the most famous movies of all time, and what many consider to be the greatest movie of all time, is 1941’s Citizen Kane, starring Orson Welles. While it is certainly a great movie, and one of my personal …

Opportunity or Threat? You Get to Choose.

March 1st, 2022

2:51

We writers, by definition, tend to be an introverted group of people who don’t like change. Most of us like systems, predictability, and routine. We prefer sitting in a room alone for hours in front of a computer screen …

Your Weakness is Your Secret Weapon

February 27th, 2022

3:25

This one is for all the 1980s rock fans out there.

In 1985, the music group Heart was choosing songs to record for its 8th studio album, which was to be named simply, “Heart.” The group normally recorded songs they had …

Teresa McCloy & Ashley Rescot: Using the Enneagram to Write Fiction

February 26th, 2022

45:33

I've always been fascinated by personality assessments and typology. If you've been paying attention the last decade or two, the Enneagram has been …

The One You're Writing For

February 25th, 2022

2:48

So many aspiring authors never write their books because they are always worried about what people will think. Will their book be “good enough” (whatever that means)? What will their family or friends think? Will their …

Read Your Writing Out Loud

February 24th, 2022

2:44

When we talk about your “writing voice,” we usually mean the unique way you communicate. It involves tone, language, turns of phrase, attitude, and …

Gratitude Changes Everything

February 23rd, 2022

4:22

On this podcast, we focus heavily on writing habits because they help immensely in getting our writing done. Good writing habits don’t just involve …

Elvis, Nixon, and Learning to Take Initiative

February 22nd, 2022

5:12

If you were to guess what the most requested image in the National Archives is, what would your guess be? Would it be something related to the moon …

Do You Tell People You're a Writer?

February 21st, 2022

2:43

We have been talking a lot about habits here on the podcast lately. Let’s talk for a moment about a habit that will boost your confidence and will be good for your business, also.

It’s simply telling people that you’re …

Assume It's Going to Be Easy

February 20th, 2022

4:29

Okay, it’s time for some real honest talk between writers. Just you and me, two friends gathered around the podcast, baring our souls together.

I’ll …

Ken Carfagno: Letting Your Creativity Flow

February 19th, 2022

42:02

One of the most difficult things for us to do as writers is get into a state of creative flow. Yet, it's also one of the most important things we can …

Show Up and Produce the Words

February 18th, 2022

4:39

There is a lot of pressure in the writing and publishing worlds to create the “right” words—words that are moving, effective, emotional, and whatever other superlatives we want to put on them.

Is it important to impact …

In Writing, Less is More

February 17th, 2022

2:36

One of the most vital questions we can ask in our writing is, “What can I cut out?” This is a great habit to adopt because cutting makes your writing sharper, crisper, and cleaner.

When you write, go back through it and …

Do You Have a Daily Word Count?

February 16th, 2022

1:43

As a ghostwriter, I live and die by word counts. Page numbers mean very little because pages come in all sizes, and fonts and spacing can be increased or decreased. Word count is the best way to measure your progress …

Put Some Clay on the Table

February 15th, 2022

2:18

Have you ever seen someone make pottery? It’s actually quite fascinating. It’s fun to watch them at work, and it’s often breathtaking to see the …

Jerry Seinfeld's 200-Round Practice Routine

February 14th, 2022

2:50

Years before he was known as the star of the beloved sitcom Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld was a successful stand-up comedian. For comedians of his era in …

What Every Writer Wants

February 13th, 2022

3:44

Writers want lots of things. We want to have successful books. We want to be acknowledged for our creative work. We want to make a difference in …

T.K. Johnson: Slay the Dragon That Scares You

February 12th, 2022

43:12

Have you ever avoided doing something that scares you? As writers, we face this every day. After all, writing is scary! Our most important task is to "slay the dragons" that keep us from our writing dreams.

My guest …

10 Habits That Make Writing Easier

February 11th, 2022

1:49

Yesterday, we looked at ten habits that make writing harder. The list was pretty depressing because most people have most of those habits in their life.

It’s not all bad news, though. You can implement better habits …

10 Habits That Make Writing Harder

February 10th, 2022

2:30

Writing is hard enough already. We are constantly fighting against deadlines, self-confidence issues, the need to market versus being productive, distractions, and so much more.

But sometimes we make it even harder by …

Go to the Plate and Swing the Bat

February 9th, 2022

4:19

Yesterday, we talked about the value of hitting singles. The main idea was this: if you focus on getting small wins every day, you will eventually win the game.

Let’s look at this from another perspective. Recently, I …

Try to Hit a Single Every Day

February 8th, 2022

4:43

Today, I want to use an analogy from the world of baseball to help us understand the value of putting in the work every day.

One of the greatest reputations you can acquire as a baseball player is that of a home run …

Create a “Stop Doing” List

February 7th, 2022

1:50

Most people, including myself, create a task list each day. We also call this a “to do” list. These are things we must do. And in a world that increasingly demands our attention every second—in a world filled with …

Save Time & Energy with Batching

February 6th, 2022

2:42

Although this podcast is called The Daily Writer, the reality is that many people don’t write every day. They may set aside time every couple of days or once a week to work on their writing.

I want you to know that this …

Dan Clark: The Science of Focus

February 5th, 2022

30:00

Do you have trouble focusing and getting your writing done? It's a common problem almost all writers face. On today's episode, we'll explore how to focus and be more productive with your writing using cutting-edge …

Finish & Publish

February 4th, 2022

2:23

In the previous episode, I mentioned the importance of finishing a first draft of your book. But the urgency doesn’t stop there.

I’m not saying you …

This Will Give You Incredible Momentum

February 3rd, 2022

3:11

Why don’t people finish goals that are important them?

There are probably many answers to that question, but an obvious reason is that they simply get tired and don’t see a lot of discernible progress toward the goal. …

Go Backward to Go Forward

February 2nd, 2022

3:08

One of the reasons why we sometimes get stuck in our writing is that we see how much there is left to do.

Let’s say you’re writing a 750-word blog …

10 Tips to Beat Writer's Block

February 1st, 2022

4:48

Whatever you’re working on right now, you’re bound to get stuck at some point. When you stumble upon our old friend, lovingly called “writer’s …

Stop Trying to Be Productive

January 31st, 2022

2:04

Most people listening to this podcast are located in the United States, so let me focus on that crowd for a second.

Part of our culture here in the …

Go to the Slush Pile

January 30th, 2022

3:51

Once you make the decision to start writing, and you do it on a regular basis (hopefully every day), over time you will build up quite a collection …

Joe Bukartek: Set Yourself Up for Success with Intentional Planning

January 30th, 2022

1:01:27

I hope your 2022 is off to a great start. Here it is, the end of January, and we've had a solid month to get some meaningful work done toward our …

John Bucher: Learning to Tell a Better Story

January 29th, 2022

1:04:28

We've talked about it many times here on the podcast, but it always bears repeating: one of the most powerful skills you can learn is storytelling. …

Release Dates Exist for a Reason

January 28th, 2022

3:43

If you have ever watched behind-the-scenes documentaries for movies, you have probably heard directors talk about the impulse to keep tweaking a …

You Can’t Edit a Blank Page

January 27th, 2022

2:34

A common problem we writers have is how to get started. We have a rough vision of what we want to create, but we’re afraid to take that first step.

What if we go in the wrong direction? What if we discover we aren’t …

Do Writing Tools Matter? Yes & No.

January 26th, 2022

2:14

If you get heavily involved in the writing community, you have to be careful. Why? Because there is a whole sub-industry devoted to writing tools …

A Good Writing Day

January 25th, 2022

2:28

One of the difficulties of creative work, which includes writing, is that we sometimes have vague ideas about our goals. We haven’t determined ahead …

Podcasting is Your Secret Weapon

January 24th, 2022

7:03

A lot of you who are listening are working on books. I’d like to share a method I’ve been using to write my upcoming Daily Writer book, which will release this coming October. This process is very doable for anyone.

What Would You Do with a Time Stone?

January 23rd, 2022

2:23

If you’ve ever seen the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies Dr. Strange or Avengers: Infinity War, you’re familiar with an object called the “time …

Nick Pavlidis: The Power of Ghostwriting

January 23rd, 2022

1:09:30

If you have followed my journey the last couple of years, you know that I have transitioned into being a full-time ghostwriter, while also leading …

Kim Stewart: Grow Your Author Platform with Podcast Guesting

January 22nd, 2022

39:53

There are many ways to market yourself as an author, but, on today's episode, we will explore one of the most effective strategies—being a guest on other people's podcasts.

My guest is Kim Stewart. She is a marketing …

Why Are You So Busy?

January 21st, 2022

2:22

The most common complaint about writing is that it takes time. There is nothing that keeps people from writing more than the idea that they simply don’t have the time to write. That’s why so many writing …

Follow the 30-Second Rule

January 20th, 2022

3:27

Have you ever tried taking a cold shower? Apparently, it’s all the rage these days. If you want to spend a couple of hours going down a rabbit hole, …

The Infamous Vomit Draft

January 19th, 2022

4:03

There are lots of enemies we have to battle as writers. One of the most ferocious ones is self-editing. Self-editing is the tendency to edit as you go, to clean up and try to perfect your writing while you’re creating …

Use Music to Help You Focus

January 18th, 2022

3:05

For most writers, writing feels like work because it requires a lot of brainpower. So why not use tools that help make the work easier?

One of the …

What Can You Put Off Till Tomorrow?

January 17th, 2022

1:23

We live in an age of urgency where everything must be done right now. But is that really true? Does everything in life have the urgency we ascribe to it?

Mark Twain said, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the …

Every Day Counts

January 16th, 2022

2:10

We’ve talked about the urgency of today many times before on this podcast. Why? Because it’s so easy to lose sight of the present moment when so many things beg for our time and attention.

When you’re in the thick of …

Mary Felkins: Writing a Fiction Series

January 15th, 2022

38:27

Have you ever thought about writing fiction? Furthermore, have you ever considered how writing a fiction series might be a great way to expand your story world and gives readers something special?

My guest today is Mary …

Save Loads of Time with Dictation

January 14th, 2022

3:00

One of the best and worst things ever invented was the smartphone.

It can be the worst thing because of all the distractions lurking on your phone. The notifications, games, email, and social media beckon to you every …

The Price of Saying "Yes"

January 13th, 2022

3:20

A few weeks ago, I said “no” to an amazing opportunity to help writers. This was an opportunity to partner with an entrepreneur I greatly respect, a person who has been very influential in my life. He was one of the …

Morning, Afternoon, or Evening?

January 12th, 2022

2:18

There is a common narrative among successful people that you must be a morning person in order to do anything worthwhile. A pretty good percentage of …

You're Never Too Old for Games

January 11th, 2022

2:39

Writing is a serious business, but that doesn’t mean you always have to be serious. A great way to write more, and have more fun doing it, is to make a game of it.

This is all part of a bigger picture of not taking …

Do What’s in Front of You

January 10th, 2022

1:49

As writers, we have lots of project-based items to think about. These are big items that can take weeks or months to complete. This can include things like building a website, writing a book, creating a course, building …

Use the Pomodoro Technique for Faster Writing

January 9th, 2022

3:05

In the 1980s, a university student named Francesco Cirillo was having trouble staying focused, so he decided he would try focusing for just ten …

Andy Storch: How to Use Your Book to Build a Business

January 8th, 2022

46:30

We talk about books quite a bit here on this podcast, because after all, this is a writing podcast! But what happens after you write the book? That's only half the battle, and in a sense, your journey has only just …

Taming the Little Distractions

January 7th, 2022

1:49

In our quest to make more time to write, we tend to focus on the big distractions. It’s easy to feel like the world is against you as you deal with events, meetings, chores, and never-ending tasks.

Those items can make …

Writing is a Blue-Collar Job

January 6th, 2022

4:36

A big reason writers seem to struggle is that they perceive writing as a different type of job than it really is. Many writers look at writing as a …

Is Your Writing Time Gone with the Wind?

January 5th, 2022

1:44

In the push and pull of everyday life, each day pretty much seems the same. We go to work, spend time with our families, take care of bills and …

The Only Thing You Control

January 4th, 2022

2:30

Writers are creative by nature, and we like our independence. One of the reasons we do this in the first place is to have control over our creative …

When Are You Going to Write?

January 3rd, 2022

6:38

We human beings have an amazing capacity for deception. We will go to almost any length to avoid facing the truth or giving a concrete answer to a question that makes us uncomfortable.

And let’s face it: we writers are …

Best Of: Storytelling Coach Jim Woods on How to Craft Better Stories

January 1st, 2022

36:21

I'm honored to have my good friend, Jim Woods, on the show today to help us develop our storytelling chops. Jim is a novelist, story coach, and editor. He has worked with many authors over the years, including some …

Best Of: Creating Your Future Vision

December 30th, 2021

1:32

We all know time travel isn’t really possible. Or is it?

As appealing as it might seem to hop in a DeLorean and travel thirty years into the future, that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon. However, you can …

Best Of: Balancing Work, Leisure & Creativity

December 28th, 2021

3:20

On this episode, I answer a question sent in by Mark Revisky: 

What is the balance between work, leisure, and creative endeavors? Many times my creative work is separate from those two areas.”

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Are you looking for …

Best Of: Joe Ricci on How to Write a Hallmark Movie

December 25th, 2021

26:13

I'm thrilled to bring you this bonus interview with Joe Ricci. We dive into all my geeky questions about story structure and the specifics of writing for the Hallmark channel.

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Are you looking for a community of …

Best Of: Somebody Had to Write It Down

December 23rd, 2021

3:26

Christmas means many things to many people.

Some people look forward to parties and social events. Some people enjoy the lights and holiday displays …

Best Of: Do You Celebrate Your Wins?

December 21st, 2021

5:27

It’s tempting to overlook your wins, especially when it seems like everyone else around you is having more success.

On today’s episode, you’ll learn why it’s important to celebrate your wins and stop comparing yourself …

Best Of: Writing Creative Nonfiction with Christopher Johnston, Journalist & Playwright

December 18th, 2021

43:36

When you hear the term "creative writing," what comes to mind?

If you're like most people, you probably think of fiction-based writing like novels, screenplays, and short stories. But did you know that the concept of …

Best Of: The #1 Writing Lesson from Disney’s Star Wars Trilogy

December 16th, 2021

21:30

In 2019, I sat in a darkened theater with my son Ben. We were there to watch a movie I had been anticipating for two years: The Rise of Skywalker.

I enjoyed the movie, but let’s be honest: it was a mess. It was clear …

Best Of: Don't Throw Any of Yourself Away

December 14th, 2021

2:59

If you spend any time among a group of novelists, you will pretty quickly hear two terms: pantsers and plotters.

Pantsers are the ones who prefer to write by the “seat of their pants.” They love to develop a great …

Best Of: Jeffrey Shaw: Living the Self-Employed Life

December 11th, 2021

59:34

One of the themes of this podcast is “courage.” I want you to consistently do things that scare you.

 

Why? Because when you do things that feel intimidating, you accomplish greater things and you increase your …

Best Of: I Don't Know and I Don't Care

December 9th, 2021

1:59

There are certain qualities we prize in the writing world.

One of them is knowledge. It seems like we should know what we are getting ourselves into, …

Best Of: Stuck in the Twilight Zone

December 7th, 2021

3:04

One of the most popular episodes of the original Twilight Zone series is “Time Enough at Last.” Burgess Meredith plays Henry Bemis, a bank teller …

Best Of: Karen Anderson: What Successful Authors Do Differently

December 4th, 2021

42:29

My guest today is Karen Anderson, and she is imminently qualified to talk about what it means to be successful as an author. She is a Strategic Book …

Best Of: How to Make Your Creative Work a Priority

December 2nd, 2021

4:32

It can be hard to stay creative when you’re busy. Today, I’m revisiting an episode from 2019 where I answer a question sent in by Brian Mays about prioritizing your creative work:

“Priority is a challenge for me. I am …

Best Of: You Might Just Need a Nap

November 30th, 2021

2:02

Are you having trouble writing? Do you feel like you can’t regain your focus? Do you feel short-tempered and irritable?

 

When we feel this way, the first conclusion we jump to is that we have writer’s block or that …

Best Of: Dr. Don Sanders: Analog Tools for Writers

November 27th, 2021

1:00:30

On this episode, we're going old-school and talking about analog tools for writing. It may seem out of touch to be talking about pens, pencils, and …

Thanksgiving Special: Appreciate This Moment

November 25th, 2021

1:26

As writers, we are constantly dreaming about what’s next. The next book. The next conference. The next interview. The next connection. The next source of income. The next five years.

All you have is today, this moment, …

The Daily Writer Will Return on January 3rd

November 22nd, 2021

6:14

On this brief episode, Kent shares an important update about the next few weeks’ worth of episodes. We will return with new episodes on Monday, January 3rd!

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Are you looking for a community of enthusiastic, …

The Clock is Always Running

November 21st, 2021

2:25

Have you ever held up an hourglass and looked it closely? From a distance, the sand looks as though it was one single element that can snake through the bottleneck between the top and bottom of the hourglass. But upon …

The Beauty of Having No Opinion

November 20th, 2021

2:19

Have you ever noticed that some people have an opinion about literally everything? It’s not hard to find these people. They are all over social media, and probably within your workplace, social circle, or even your …

Where Do I Go Now?

November 19th, 2021

1:53

Have you ever felt stuck by writer’s block? If so, you’re in good company.

That’s exactly the state the members of the legendary rock group Guns N’ Roses found themselves in one day in 1987. They were recording songs …

How to Recognize a Good Idea

November 18th, 2021

2:38

One of the perennial questions writers ask is, “Where do you get good ideas?” It’s a fair question because all of us have struggled with finding good ones for our writing.

The overriding feeling we have is that we need …

Discovery Comes During Writing, Not Before

November 17th, 2021

1:27

In the fiction-writing community, there are two terms thrown around quite a bit: plotters and pantsers. Plotters are writers who know the whole plot …

Curiosity Resurrected the Cat

November 16th, 2021

1:57

You’ve heard the saying “curiosity killed the cat.” The phrase has been around in some form or another for hundreds of years and is meant to be a …

It's Your Choice

November 15th, 2021

2:00

Everything in life is a choice.

It’s up to you. It’s all your choice. We live in a beautiful time where anything is possible. Writers a hundred years …

Become a Person of Interest

November 14th, 2021

2:37

In the law-enforcement community, a person of interest is a phrase used to describe someone who may be involved in an ongoing investigation or …

Lynn Smargis: How to Repurpose Your Content Into a Book

November 13th, 2021

26:51

I’m excited to feature a conversation from this past in the Daily Writer Community. My friend Lynn Smargis is a freelance writer in the area of health and fitness, gluten-free lifestyle, education, science, travel, and …

Go Ahead, Cross the Streams

November 12th, 2021

2:10

When it comes to curiosity, most people don’t cross the streams. They keep their reservoirs of knowledge separate from one another. History, …

When was the Last Time You Were Astonished?

November 11th, 2021

2:26

We live in a world where miraculous things happen every day. Of course, most of these things don’t seem miraculous to us. They seem ordinary. But it …

What Should You Write About? Try This.

November 10th, 2021

1:43

Everyone feels writer’s block sometimes. The next time you aren’t sure what to write about, try combining two things you love.

Author Dan Miller …

Inspiration is a Shy Fellow

November 9th, 2021

2:03

We’ve all heard it before (and probably said it): “I’m just not feeling inspired today.” There might be a hundred reasons why we don’t feel inspired, but there is one way to correct it that works almost every time.

It’s Hard to Be God

November 8th, 2021

2:07

Whatever you think about the origins of the universe, one thing seems certain: the universe started as a kind of blank slate that is now filled with stars, planets, comets, gas, dark matter, and all manner of other …

It's Business, Not Personal

November 7th, 2021

8:51

One of the most important concepts that every writer today must embrace is the idea of a “personal brand business.”

But what does it mean to have a personal brand? It comes down to the fact that your brand equals you. …

Jody Skinner: Creating Beautiful Formatting for Your Book

November 6th, 2021

43:48

Book formatting is one of the last things authors think about when creating their book. However, it's absolutely vital since that's where readers …

The Imagineering Mindset

November 5th, 2021

1:49

In their fantastic little book The Imagineering Way, the Disney Imagineers said, “Every new project at Imagineering starts with the assumption that it will be fun and exciting. We never say we don’t really want to do it …

Writing is Not the Center

November 4th, 2021

2:58

What is the core value of your life? What is the “center”?

What sits in the center of the room for you? If it is your writing, then other people’s reactions, your book sales, or other factors will influence whether you …

Most of Your Words Are Coal, Not Diamonds

November 3rd, 2021

2:55

When we are in love with our writing, it’s hard to edit. It’s hard to take constructive criticism. It’s hard to be objective because we are in love with our words.

When our words emerge on the screen or from the pen, …

Writing for the Right Reasons

November 2nd, 2021

2:02

Sometimes we make a false distinction between writing for money and writing for pleasure. Both goals can be valid and important.

What ties them together is that you are adding value to the world through your writing. It …

The One Year to Live Test

November 1st, 2021

1:31

We all know that perfectionism can be debilitating. It can rob you of the joy of writing and cause you to waste endless amounts of time fidgeting with your material.

Just like a rainbow, perfection is an illusion. You …

Daily Writer on What It Means to Be an "A+" Writer

October 31st, 2021

21:12

On this episode, I'm thrilled to be joined by one of my best friends in the world, Jared Odle. He's a missionary, copywriter, and an all-around fantastic guy. This will be the first of probably lots of conversations we …

Carolyn Roark: What Do You Want Your Book to Do for You?

October 30th, 2021

41:01

As writers, we spend loads of time worrying about the details of writing: getting the words done, editing, publishing, and so many other things. Sometimes it's good to step back, take a look at the big picture, and ask, …

You Can Always Fill the Glass

October 29th, 2021

1:23

Writers are people who create things. We can literally create books, articles, speeches, podcasts, or stories out of thin air. It’s what we do.

Why, then, do so many writers look at the world in “glass half empty” sort …

It's Time to Let Go of Some Books

October 28th, 2021

2:54

In your writing life, you will find that it’s easy to let go of some things, and much harder to let go of others. One of the items it’s difficult to …

Resting: Create Space in Your Life

October 27th, 2021

2:15

Over the past six days, we have been through a key cycle in the creative life of a writer: preparing, planting, watering, pruning, harvesting, and celebrating. This is the cycle of growth we go through again and again …

Celebrating: Enjoy Your Success

October 26th, 2021

2:22

Over the last few days, we have been talking about developing a growth-oriented mindset.

After you have prepared by tilling the soil of your mind, planted by keeping track of your ideas, watered your mind by reading, …

Harvesting: Producing the Words

October 25th, 2021

2:18

Harvesting as a concept couldn’t be any simpler. You simply go to the field, get the crop, and bring it to the barn for processing. In writing terms, …

How to Be a 10-Year "Overnight Success"

October 24th, 2021

36:28

Ever since I went full-time in my ghostwriting business this past summer, I've had a lot of conversations about how that happened. People have been …

W. Terry Whalin: How to Write Book Proposals That Sell

October 23rd, 2021

39:08

Today I'm thrilled to dive into a topic that is often ignored among writers, but it's critical to get it right if you want to be successful … and …

Pruning: Eliminate A Few Activities

October 22nd, 2021

2:01

As you continue to grow in your writing skills, your connections, and your influence, you will have more and more opportunities. This is both a good …

Watering: Read Books for Nourishment

October 21st, 2021

2:53

As we talked about yesterday, you need to have a system where you can plant or store all the thoughts, information, and ideas you will use as raw material for writing. And while that is an important start, you need to …

Planting: Keep Track of Your Ideas

October 20th, 2021

2:10

If we look at growth as a natural byproduct of good habits we practice on a regular basis, the first habit is preparing the soil of your mind. The …

Preparing: Till the Soil of Your Mind

October 19th, 2021

2:47

Everyone who has ever planted anything knows that you can’t just throw seeds on the ground. You must prepare the soil. Otherwise, the soil won’t be ready to receive the seeds. The seeds will die and all the effort and …

Two Mindsets: Which One Do You Have?

October 18th, 2021

2:35

In her landmark book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Dr. Carol Dweck argues that your mindset, far more than your talents or abilities, is …

5 Steps to Building an Amazing Non-Fiction Book Outline

October 17th, 2021

18:31

Today I want to explore a topic that a lot of people ask me about. It's also a topic that, when you give it the attention it deserves, will transform your book-writing experience.

When I mention the topic "how to build …

Cathy Davis: How Someone Decides to Buy Your Book

October 16th, 2021

33:23

It seems like such a simple question, but the answers are more profound than you realize: What is the thinking process a person goes through when they are deciding whether to buy your book?

I'm excited to have my …

The Beauty is All Around You

October 15th, 2021

1:33

Think about the last time you went to the eye doctor. You probably thought you were seeing just fine until the exam. It turns out your vision was blurry and you didn’t even know it.

Our creativity works the same way. We …

Getting Your Priorities Un-Mixed Up

October 14th, 2021

2:29

We can all agree that being a writer is more complicated than it used to be.

Back in the days before the internet was a thing, being a working writer essentially meant that you submitted your articles to magazines and …

Appreciate This Moment

October 13th, 2021

1:26

As writers, we are constantly dreaming about what’s next. The next book. The next conference. The next interview. The next connection. The next source of income. The next five years.

All you have is today, this moment, …

Uncovering the Pearl Inside

October 12th, 2021

2:28

You were born with a gift. You can think of it as a beautiful white pearl. This gift, this pearl, is meant to be shared with the world. As a child, …

Breathe, Just Breathe

October 11th, 2021

1:43

If we could give our modern age a name, it might be called, “The Age of Hurry.” Commerce and communication can happen instantaneously around the …

October 2021, Business Update

October 10th, 2021

32:38

Welcome again to my monthly business update. As usual, I will focus on three areas: ghostwriting, The Daily Writer, and personal updates.

Ghostwriting

Christy Piper: How to Write About Difficult Topics

October 9th, 2021

44:18

When you are writing straightforward how-to content, or perhaps writing for clients, it's fairly easy to put your mind in third gear and follow a …

Breaking Out of the Ordinary World

October 8th, 2021

1:42

In the Hero’s Journey storytelling template, we begin with the main character. He or she exists in what is called the “ordinary world.”

The ordinary world is Luke Skywalker on Tatooine, Dorothy in Kansas, Frodo in the …

Validate Yourself First

October 7th, 2021

2:55

Have you ever had this experience? You’re sitting with someone you admire over dinner and mention that you completed a writing project that is important to you. You show them your finished project, they look at it for …

Talent Is Overrated

October 6th, 2021

1:48

You probably knew a kid in high school who was supremely gifted. They might have even been voted “most likely to succeed” or “most talented.” …

Which Voice Are You Listening To?

October 5th, 2021

2:28

One of the most interesting characters in literature is the unreliable narrator. This character might be delusional, a liar, or is simply prone to exaggeration. Or, they might not have a firm grasp on reality because of …

Nobody Knows Anything

October 4th, 2021

2:16

William Goldman was one of the most successful Hollywood screenwriters of all time. He was the creative genius behind scripts for The Princess Bride

The Best Way to Stop Being a Perfectionist

October 3rd, 2021

9:47

On today's episode, I dive into the topic of perfectionism. This is an area where so many writers struggle. We have this ideal of what we should be …

Tips for Writing at a Coffee Shop

October 2nd, 2021

9:58

A few months ago, I left my job as a full-time college professor after doing that work for 17 years. Even though I had a fair amount of discretionary …

Dreams Are Made, Not Found

October 1st, 2021

2:49

One of the most pervasive ideas in Western culture is the concept of “finding your dreams.” No one knows for sure where this idea came from.

The idea …

Bring Your ‘B’ Game

September 30th, 2021

2:53

Do you struggle with being a perfectionist? Perfectionism is the tendency to get paralyzed by the idea that your work is never good enough. Perfectionists imagine there is a standard out there and they can never reach …

Why Not You?

September 29th, 2021

2:16

One of the most helpful perspectives we can adopt as writers is understanding that we don’t have an objective view of reality.

This is hard to hear …

Life is Not a Multiple-Choice Test

September 28th, 2021

2:26

There is a common trait among successful writers, and it has nothing to do with skill, talent, genre, or style. Instead, it has everything to do with …

Listen and Learn

September 27th, 2021

2:14

Have you ever sat in a coffee shop and listened to the conversations happening around you? It’s fascinating.

99% of the time, people are only talking about themselves. Almost everyone in every social situation makes a …

Vincent Pugliese: Generosity is the Key to Book Marketing Success

September 26th, 2021

58:39

There are many keys to your success as a writer and author. Writing a great book is an important part of it, but there are other important things as well. One of those components is book marketing, which can seem like …

Chad Allen: Secrets to Building Your Author Platform

September 25th, 2021

37:38

Platform… it's one of those words that feels mysterious, intimidating, and maybe even confusing to many authors. You've heard that you need a platform and you're willing to do the work, but why do you need one and how …

Most People Will Love It

September 24th, 2021

2:24

We writers often talk about the reasons we write. But what are the reasons we don’t write? What keeps us from writing?

Several things probably come to mind: procrastination, not enough time, and not feeling creative, …

The Whole World is Your Writing Desk

September 23rd, 2021

2:34

If you have ever worked on a deadline, you understand the frustration of writing conditions that are not ideal.

This can be a challenge if you think you can only write in certain conditions. The weather has to be just …

Is It Helping You Get the Writing Done?

September 22nd, 2021

2:17

Here is a question to consider: what activities actually produce writing?

This is not a trick question, but a serious one. Why? Because it’s easy for us to fall under the spell of doing writing-related activities while …

Commit to Doing the Work

September 21st, 2021

2:34

We writers love to create stories. And why not? There is something fun about creating a fantasy world, living in it for a while, and inviting others to join us there.

Sometimes these fantasies bleed over into the real …

Become a Better Version of Yourself

September 20th, 2021

1:44

For new writers, one of the most surprising elements of the craft is how much editing and revision it takes to produce good work.

Until you get into writing as a serious hobby or a career, it may seem like writing …

3 Quick Lessons on Evaluating Your Writing

September 19th, 2021

16:24

I've talked about this a few times here on the podcast before. But, just in case you haven't heard, I left my teaching job at St. Louis Christian …

Mary Valloni: Defeating a Scarcity Mindset & Living in Abundance

September 18th, 2021

40:36

I'm excited to be joined on this episode by my friend Mary Valloni, who is here to help us improve our mindset and develop a greater sense of abundance. That's such a critical element of our writing, because, without …

Louis L’Amour's Writing Secret

September 17th, 2021

2:32

Has this ever happened to you? You block out time on your calendar, you get your pen or pencil—or computer—ready, and you sit down at your desk, ready to write. You’ve been looking forward to this time and can’t wait to …

Do You Love to Write?

September 16th, 2021

3:36

Let me ask you a simple, but profound question. Do you love to write?

We’re not talking about whether you love having written. We’re talking about the actual work of writing.

If the answer is “yes”—great! If the answer …

Go Ahead and Jump

September 15th, 2021

1:57

Van Halen was one of the greatest rock bands of the 1970s and 80s. Although they had a number of popular songs and albums, they are probably best …

Been Rejected Lately? Join the Club.

September 14th, 2021

2:29

We deal with a lot of obstacles as writers, but one of the biggest is rejection.

Rejection can come in many forms, but whatever form it takes… it hurts. And let’s be honest, it can hurt pretty badly. Some writers never …

Learning from Happy Little Accidents

September 13th, 2021

2:19

If you’re of “a certain age,” you probably remember watching Bob Ross on his TV show “The Joy of Painting,” which he hosted on PBS from 1983-1994. If you’re a little younger, you’ve probably discovered him on the …

Learning to Let Go

September 12th, 2021

22:29

Courage is a theme that seems a lot of us have been talking about lately. For many people, the last couple of years have been a time when they've had …

Ginger Moran: Living in Your Creativity

September 11th, 2021

40:41

There are a lot of critical skills we have to develop as writers, but none is more important than creativity. You can be productive, think like a business person, and have great networking skills. But without the …

Put Yourself in Their Orbit

September 10th, 2021

2:24

How do you respond to successful writers? The ones with bestselling books, large platforms, or lots of influence?

When it comes to dealing with them, …

Action Beats Intention

September 9th, 2021

2:47

The main theme of this podcast is writing every day. After all, it’s the very title of the show! But sometimes people ask, "Do you mean actually write every day?"

And yes, I mean write something every day. But what am I …

If You Write, You're a Writer

September 8th, 2021

1:58

The #1 problem that stops most people from writing has nothing to do with talent or ability. It has nothing to do with a lack of time or opportunities. But it has EVERYTHING to do with them not believing they are a …

Someone Needs Your Knowledge

September 7th, 2021

2:59

We have talked many times on this podcast about the need to learn from others. Whether it’s being part of a mastermind, reading books, attending a conference, or something else, it’s vital that we all put ourselves in a …

Doing What Scares You

September 6th, 2021

1:53

Think about some of the most important achievements in human history. These would include such feats as Amelia Earhart flying solo from Hawaii to the …

Ten Commandments for Writers

September 5th, 2021

37:12

We have it pretty easy in the modern world, right? In many ways, this is the golden age of writing. We have more opportunities than ever before to …

Timmy Bauer: Stand Out by Writing a Children's Book

September 4th, 2021

26:00

One of the common themes I hear from writers is that everyone wants to write a kid's book. And why not? We all remember the books that impacted us as kids. Or, if you're a parent or grandparent, you have probably spent …

Comparison Kills

September 3rd, 2021

2:16

You can make a lot of mistakes as a writer and still be successful. But one of the mistakes that will kill both your enthusiasm AND your success is …

Same Ingredients, Different Presentation

September 2nd, 2021

3:11

What is the difference between an expensive steakhouse and a fast-food burger place?

They both use the same ingredients for their main product: beef. Yet the experience can be vastly different. When you have dinner at a …

The Publishing Habit

September 1st, 2021

2:56

Here at the Daily Writer, we talk a lot about the habit of writing regularly. That’s nothing new. Every good writing teacher talks about the …

The Two-Book Approach to Reading

August 31st, 2021

2:06

As a writer, you know you should be reading every day. You know that it’s a vital part of filling your creative well. But with so many great books …

Take Action Immediately

August 30th, 2021

2:14

So… you’ve done it again. You promised yourself you wouldn’t do it, yet here you are, feeling guilty because you’ve given in to the temptation once …

Mike Kim: Secrets of Personal Branding

August 29th, 2021

50:51

Mike Kim is a business coach and marketing strategist who specializes in personal branding, product launch strategies, and copywriting. His core philosophy of marketing is this: “Marketing isn’t about closing a sale, …

David Hancock: Morgan James, the Publisher for Author Entrepreneurs

August 28th, 2021

39:09

David Hancock is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author, and the founder of Morgan James Publishing. As the founder of Morgan James Publishing, David was selected for Fast Company Magazine’s Fast 50 …

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

August 27th, 2021

2:05

In the world of computers, WYSIWYG stands for “what you see is what you get.” It refers to an editing system or interface where the content you see onscreen shows exactly how it will look when it’s printed or displayed …

3 Ways to Get Unblocked

August 26th, 2021

2:44

Every writer has felt like this at one time or another. You’re chugging along with your content and things are going smoothly. The ideas are flowing. You’re feeling great.

Then, it happens. You hit the wall. The …

Keep Putting in the Work

August 25th, 2021

3:48

Have you ever written something and expected people to immediately love it? Maybe you wrote an article, book, or social media post and felt disappointed that it wasn't a hit. But if you look to other industries such as …

Put One Word After Another

August 24th, 2021

2:56

One of the tropes that seems to follow creative types around is the myth of the “tortured artist.” The myth goes something like this: creative work …

Allow Yourself to Make Mistakes

August 23rd, 2021

2:55

Why do we writers feel like giving up? It often comes down to unrealistic expectations. We get discouraged when the picture we have in our head doesn’t match the reality in front of us. We see the messiness in front of …

Dan Miller: Turn Your Writing Into Dollars

August 22nd, 2021

41:40

My guest today is Dan Miller, and he’s the author of an amazing book that has impacted so many people, 48 Days to the Work and Life You Love (which was recently released with a new edition). Dan has also written many …

Lauren V. Davis: Instagram Secrets for Growing Your Audience

August 21st, 2021

45:16

Lauren V. Davis works with people all over the world to overcome their personal branding discontent and grow their presence so that they can focus on sales, exposure, leadership, and community impact through her …

The Key to Your Success

August 20th, 2021

2:18

What do powerful words look like?

When you think of powerful words, you probably imagine Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address, or JFK …

Fear is Just a Mirage

August 19th, 2021

2:43

Have you ever stopped to wonder why we sometimes don’t do the things we really want to do?

For many years, statistics have shown that at least 8 out of every 10 people want to write a book. Why, then, do so many not …

The Surprising Pathway to Being Good

August 18th, 2021

2:33

One of the most important lessons we can ever learn as writers is that good writing happens in stages. Whenever you read a great book chapter, blog post, screenplay, or speech, it did not begin that way.

It was most …

No One is Ever a Master

August 17th, 2021

3:11

We never quite escape this impulse of wanting to be done with our education. We move on to middle school, high school, most likely college, and …

Reading is Critical to Your Creativity

August 16th, 2021

2:07

There is something quite magical about a book. Of course, you already know that since you’re a writer. You’re already committed to the art and craft of writing books.

But it’s interesting that so many writers don’t make …

Terry Stafford: Leadership Through Storytelling

August 15th, 2021

27:27

Terry is an award-winning author who has written four novels. The most recent one completed a trilogy, which was a pretty amazing accomplishment in itself. Terry is also an editor, and, in fact, edited a book I …

Dixie Gillaspie: The Art of the Heart in Writing

August 14th, 2021

40:59

Dixie is a coach, consultant, and firestarter who is transforming leadership, culture, and creative productivity. She is the author of the fantastic …

You Never Arrive, and That's a Good Thing

August 13th, 2021

1:50

In the faith community, there is a lot of talk about the concept of calling. Most Christian leaders have experienced some type of calling toward their work.

Most writers feel this way about their work, too. You probably …

Don't Apologize for What You Love

August 12th, 2021

2:33

As writers, there is a constant pressure to conform to what we think others want from us.

In the midst of trying to find your own voice, it is easy to get so enamored with other people we admire that we forget what made …

Would You Rather Be Admired or Be Read?

August 11th, 2021

2:14

There is a part of each one of us that wants to be admired. We want to be respected. One way we do this as writers is by trying to appear smart. We use big words and sometimes throw in obscure references in the hopes …

Have You Forgiven Yourself?

August 10th, 2021

2:33

We all have regrets. We all do stupid things and waste vast amounts of time we wish we had back. It’s important to be aware of this, and yet we also …

You Only Get One Life

August 9th, 2021

2:04

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a reset button to go back and re-do past mistakes? 

Unfortunately, you only have one life. We each have a limited number …

August 2021, Business Update

August 8th, 2021

49:20

On this episode, I share some updates about current ghostwriting projects, what’s happening in the Daily Writer Community, a new group coaching program I’m considering, and what’s going on in my personal life.

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Kristin Sadler: Tips for Becoming a Healthier Writer

August 7th, 2021

38:18

Kristin is the founder of Pen & Peacock Writing, which specializes in writing websites and digital marketing that inspire readers to take action while creating better brand recognition and top-of-mind product …

Come Out Into the Open

August 6th, 2021

1:58

It’s not unusual for writers to remain hidden. There is something about writing that attracts people who don’t want to be on camera, on stage, or behind a microphone.

Even though you might feel more comfortable staying …

To Be or Not to Be

August 5th, 2021

2:16

One of the most famous lines from Shakespeare’s Hamlet is “To be or not to be, that is the question.” More than a line in a famous play, it’s also the central idea of the writer’s life.

Being is an entirely different …

Do It Anyway

August 4th, 2021

2:26

Edward Gibbon was one of the most famous historians of all time. As the author of the six-volume set, The History of the Decline and Fall of the …

Don't Let It Destroy You

August 3rd, 2021

2:39

Writing, for all the beauty and goodness it brings into the world, can also be a force of destruction. It requires such a huge amount of emotional energy that we are prone to fill the subsequent void with things that …

Taking Control by Giving It Up

August 2nd, 2021

2:06

There is a constant push and pull to the writer’s life. On the one hand, we want to have control over every aspect of our writing and creativity. We …

We Will Return on Aug. 2nd (+ a Book Recommendation)

July 19th, 2021

4:15

We are taking a brief hiatus for 2 weeks, but will return on Monday, August. 2. I like to take a short break during the summer and around Christmas. Feel free to catch up on the hundreds of episodes in the archives!

In …

Jennifer Harshman: Morning & Evening Rituals for Writers

July 18th, 2021

40:06

If you've been listening to my podcast for a while, then Jennifer Harshman is no stranger to you. She has been a guest a few times before, and each time she's shared lots of wisdom about productivity and writing.

Alex Barker: Learning to Think Like a Business Owner

July 17th, 2021

48:13

I am thrilled to bring you this conversation with my good friend Alex Barker. He is the founder of The Happy PharmD, a company that helps pharmacists …

The Rest is Just Details

July 16th, 2021

1:43

Why do we make writing so difficult?

When you get down to it, writing is a very simple thing. We take a pen and write on paper or in a notebook. We …

Become a Creator, Not a Critic

July 15th, 2021

3:02

When it comes to the creative arts, there have always been two roles in society: those who are creators and those who are critics. The creators are …

A Declaration Worth Making

July 14th, 2021

1:43

On July 4th, 1776, the Second Continental Congress pronounced that it was officially independent of British rule. Known as the Declaration of …

This is What We Relate to as Humans

July 13th, 2021

2:12

It’s natural for us to talk about our successes and triumphs.

It’s not quite so natural to talk about our mistakes and failures. We’re afraid people …

The Central Question for Every Writer

July 12th, 2021

1:53

When you look back over your life, you can see a pattern. We spend lots of time and energy going from person to person trying to find an answer to the central question that drives our lives: What is my purpose?

On …

How to Outline a Non-Fiction Book

July 11th, 2021

25:54

As I talk to writers, one of the most frustrating parts of the book creation process seems to be creating an outline.

Many people have great ideas for books. They seem equally motivated to tackle the writing and …

Marie-Elizabeth Mali: Why We Need Vulnerable Writers

July 10th, 2021

40:06

I had the opportunity to speak with Marie-Elizabeth Mali. I have only recently gotten to know Marie-Elizabeth through an introduction by our mutual friend, Tricia Brouk. I wanted to have Marie on the show because it's …

Do You Believe It?

July 9th, 2021

1:58

No matter what you’re writing, your mission as a writer is to help the reader get a clearer vision of life.

But how is your vision? Do you see clearly? No one can believe your writing, believe the truth in it, unless …

Make the Leap

July 8th, 2021

2:42

Nothing else defines you quite like your family. It’s where you got your name, your personality, your sense of a place in this world, and so much more. Some writers came from a supportive environment, while others were …

On Being a Finisher

July 7th, 2021

1:52

It’s scary to start a writing project. But you know what’s even scarier? Finishing it.

Sometimes we think that being a writer means to be constantly gaining new ideas and exploring creative possibilities—which is true. …

Fundamentally Trustworthy

July 6th, 2021

2:55

Much has been written about the voice that lives in every writer’s head. We normally think and talk about this voice as a bad thing. So, it’s not a surprise that we think of that voice as untrustworthy. But if you …

Choose Yourself

July 5th, 2021

2:09

This one is for all the kids who were always picked last in middle school gym class. You remember what it was like:

You’d stand there awkwardly with …

July 2021, Business Update

July 4th, 2021

12:59

On today’s episode, I share a business update about my ghostwriting business, what’s been happening with the Daily Writer, and a few updates from my personal life, as well.

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Are you looking for a community of …

Matt McWilliams: Turning Your Passion Into a Business

July 3rd, 2021

46:13

I'm excited to feature a conversation with my friend Matt McWilliams. Matt helps online business owners and brands, both large and small, to leverage the power of partners to grow their businesses. He teaches you how to …

There is Nothing to Fear Here

July 2nd, 2021

2:04

Have you ever done a little bit of research on the percentage of people who start writing books but don’t finish them? Statistics vary, but no matter what numbers you look at, one thing is clear: most people who start …

You Are Your Only Competition

July 1st, 2021

2:43

If you ever run a race, you’ll notice there are two kinds of runners: those who are competing against everyone else, and those who are competing against themselves.

The ones who are competing against everyone else take …

Writing for Yourself and Your Audience

June 30th, 2021

2:16

From the time we are kids, our parents and teachers told us to be ourselves. It is especially important in your writing, where it is critical to …

One Small Stride at a Time

June 29th, 2021

2:42

For most people, running a marathon is a pretty big deal. The distance of 26.2 miles is a long way for one person to run in a single shot.

So how do …

Don't Let Worry Steal Your Emotional Energy

June 28th, 2021

2:15

If there’s one thing that is true about writing, it’s that it requires a lot of emotional energy. Even professional writers confess to only being able to write for a few hours a day.

That’s why we must stay emotionally …

How to Use the Overlap Principle to Build Your Writing Business, Part 2: 10 Tips for Getting Started

June 27th, 2021

37:14

This is the second part of a two-part series on how to use the Overlap Principle to build your writing business. I cover ten tips for getting started …

Annabelle Healy & Mason Hagner: Young Writers Who are Making a Difference

June 26th, 2021

25:16

On this episode, I'm honored to be joined by two young writers: Annabelle Healy and Mason Hagner. I thought it would be a blast to feature a couple …

Does It Make You Happy?

June 25th, 2021

2:18

There are a lot of questions you have probably asked about the results of your writing. Here are a few of them:

Will it make my life better?

Will it …

Your One True Message

June 24th, 2021

2:41

Here is one of the most interesting paradoxes of successful writers: the more books someone writes, the more obvious their one true message is.

What …

You Are Making History

June 23rd, 2021

2:19

When you walk into a library or a bookstore, even if it’s online, you’ll notice that books are categorized into genres. Popular genres include …

Brave on the Page, Brave on the Stage

June 22nd, 2021

3:10

One of the essential themes of the superhero genre is that of the double life. However, superheroes aren’t the only ones who live double lives. We …

Three Ways to Write About Your Pain

June 21st, 2021

2:14

If you had to pin down one universal emotion that all humans experience, it’s pain.

We are often afraid to share our pain because we’re afraid we will look weak. So, we lock up our feelings in a box, set it on a shelf …

How to Use the Overlap Principle to Build Your Writing Business, Part 1: My Story

June 20th, 2021

30:24

A few weeks ago, I stepped away from my full-time teaching job in order to focus on ghostwriting and the Daily Writer.  

As I have spent some time …

Jeremiah Timmons: Overcoming Resistance & Boosting Your Motivation

June 19th, 2021

45:38

On today's episode, I'm thrilled to be joined by Jeremiah Timmons. He's a writer and TV producer who has done work for Tyler Perry Studios, as well as HBO. Jeremiah also coaches writers on how to increase productivity …

It’s Time to Take the Stage

June 18th, 2021

1:52

A powerful movie, if you haven’t seen it, is Dead Poets Society from 1989. The late Robin Williams plays, an English teacher who challenges his …

The Most Important Skill

June 17th, 2021

2:51

There are lots of skills that are important for writers, but there is one skill that trumps them all. It also happens to be the oldest communication …

Bloom Where You’re Planted

June 16th, 2021

2:13

When people see a writer who is successful, they attribute it to chance. They assume that if you bloom, it means you happened to get planted in a …

Your Scars Are Part of Your Story

June 15th, 2021

2:23

There is a good chance that you know someone who has a tattoo, or you have one yourself. What is the purpose of a tattoo? It’s a way to mark your identity.

But there is another kind of marking that can define you… scars.

You Have the Power

June 14th, 2021

2:00

When you think of power, what kinds of people come to mind? You probably imagine athletes, bodybuilders, superheroes, and CEOs. However, writers have power of a different kind.

On today’s episode, you’ll learn that as a …

Dr. Don Sanders: Analog Tools for Writers

June 13th, 2021

1:00:30

On this episode, we're going old-school and talking about analog tools for writing. It may seem out of touch to be talking about pens, pencils, and …

Anna McKenzie: Marketing Basics for Writers

June 12th, 2021

50:42

One of the things that is a nearly universal feeling for writers is that marketing is a necessary evil. I'm thrilled to have a guest today who is …

So Good They Can't Ignore You

June 11th, 2021

1:48

The comedian Steve Martin famously said, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” The simplicity of this statement is stunning. Those seven words contain the secret of getting noticed, building an audience, and all the …

How to Kill Your Dream

June 10th, 2021

2:40

Nobody intends to kill their big dream. After all, our dreams are what keep us going. We think about them day and night, we plan our future around them, we nurture them with books, movies, and other content that keep …

Self-Doubt is Part of the Deal

June 9th, 2021

1:35

The problem with being human is that we are stuck in our own bodies. We secretly imagine that everybody else is confident and secure, and we’re the only ones who are feeling a little shaky. 

The real question is not …

Be a Person of Value

June 8th, 2021

2:46

Every writer talks about wanting success, but what does success actually mean? How do you measure it? Is it even a worthy goal in the first place? 

Are You Someone's Favorite?

June 7th, 2021

1:36

When a book is popular, it gives the impression that it was written for the masses. After all, if thousands or even millions of people love a book, …

Business Update, June 2021

June 6th, 2021

29:58

Starting with today's episode, I'm beginning a new monthly business update. I want to fill you in on what's happening with my ghostwriting, the Daily Writer, and my personal life. I'll also talk about my biggest …

Mitch Gray: How to Hire a Great Assistant

June 5th, 2021

50:15

My guest today is Mitch Gray, who has combined over two decades of experience as a former pastor, life coach, entrepreneur, community developer, and creator to develop a brand of leadership that is at its deepest …

If You Want to Change the World...

June 4th, 2021

2:00

Most of us grow up believing that we can change the world.  

Then, as we get older, some life experience and a bit of cynicism set in. Pretty soon …

How to Instantly Multiply Your Ideas

June 3rd, 2021

3:01

John Steinbeck said, “Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.” 

Writers are known for their creativity, but the truth is that the well sometimes runs …

That Book Isn't for You

June 2nd, 2021

2:07

As writers, we spend a lot of time worrying about people who don’t like our writing. But what happens when you are the one who hates someone else’s book? 

Maybe you read a novel that you thought was poorly written. …

Journey to the Center of You

June 1st, 2021

2:15

We look at our writing as a journey that takes us somewhere else. Most of the time, our normal lives seem pretty boring in comparison to the worlds we can imagine. 

But you don’t have to take a crazy, dangerous …

Where Does Great Writing Come From?

May 31st, 2021

1:37

When you read great writing, it has a magical quality. Those words can transport you to faraway worlds or help you see things you never saw before. Great writing can also help you learn something that will change your …

5 Ways to Start Writing Today

May 30th, 2021

22:01

Based on my interactions with writers over the years, I would categorize writers this way: 

  1. A third of you have active projects in the works. 

Karen Anderson: What Successful Authors Do Differently

May 29th, 2021

42:29

My guest today is Karen Anderson, and she imminently qualified to talk about what it means to be successful as an author. She is a Strategic Book …

Driven by Divine Discontent

May 28th, 2021

1:43

One of the most interesting questions you will ever ask yourself as a writer is this: what drives you?

Some writers are driven by fame or money. Others are driven by the need for employment. Still others are driven by a …

Rejection is the Mark of a Pro

May 27th, 2021

2:37

We deal with a lot of obstacles as writers, but one of the biggest is rejection.

Rejection can come in many forms and whatever form rejection takes… it hurts. And let’s be honest, it can hurt pretty badly. Some writers …

Meet Your New Sidekick, the Notebook

May 26th, 2021

1:53

Have you ever had the unfortunate luck of losing a great idea because you failed to write it down?

This is one of the most vexing problems we writers deal with. We have great ideas all of the time, but we neglect to …

The Magic of an Encouragement File

May 25th, 2021

2:41

Writers and artists seem to be prone to discouragement. It’s not easy to be a writer. We spend our lives putting our stories, thoughts, and emotions out there … and sometimes it feels like your heart gets trampled on.

Redefine What Failure Means

May 24th, 2021

2:03

As writers, we have a lot of different ways to measure success and failure. 

Were we as successful as that other writer? Did the client hire us for …

Embracing Your Identity as a Writer (Daily Writer Community Discussion)

May 23rd, 2021

1:05:27

If you’ve been listening to this podcast for a while, you have heard me talk about the Daily Writer Community. This is a membership community I’ve put together to help writers improve their habits and mindset.  

In …

Elaine Appleton Grant: How to Develop Your Listening Skills

May 22nd, 2021

40:04

Everyone knows we live in a world that is increasingly fragmented and fractured. As a communicator, you must learn to interact with the world through empathy, understanding, and compassion.  

In other words, it's …

Speak No Ill Toward Other Writers

May 21st, 2021

1:42

Writers tend to be a pretty friendly bunch, but we do have our moments.  

There are times when we get jealous of other writers. There are times when we think some other writer doesn’t deserve the success they have. …

Your Writing is Not All About You

May 20th, 2021

2:19

On this podcast, we talk a lot about topics that are focused on the writer. We spend a lot of time thinking about mindset, habits, and success.  

The Book You Must Write

May 19th, 2021

1:31

Have you ever said to yourself, “I really wish there was a book on so-and-so topic?”  

Maybe it’s a nonfiction book about a topic you are …

Are You Cut Out for This?

May 18th, 2021

2:25

English teachers in high school and college often get a bad rap. Students who did not do well in those classes sometimes blame teachers for killing …

The Land of a Thousand No's

May 17th, 2021

1:36

We writers live in a world of “yesses.” We love to say yes to that podcast interview, that new idea, that speaking opportunity, or that client work.

There’s a good reason we do this. We don’t want to waste opportunities …

Networking Strategies for Introverted Writers

May 16th, 2021

27:12

Success is all about building great relationships and serving other people well. But what if you’re an introverted writer? How can you succeed in a world that is so relationship-driven?  

Although extensive social …

April Shprintz: The Life-Changing Power of Generosity  

May 15th, 2021

32:38

The main topic of this podcast focuses on the mindset and habits related to writing. However, a crucial element of our success is generosity. You can have the greatest writing skills in the world, but without good …

Courage is Not the Absence of Fear

May 14th, 2021

1:32

Mark Twain wrote, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” You can still be afraid and take action.  

In fact, your fear can be the very thing that propels you to action. 

On today's …

Are You Master of Your Domain?

May 13th, 2021

2:27

One of the most famous episodes of Seinfeld is “The Contest.” In this episode, Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer compete to see who can demonstrate …

You'll Find Your Voice

May 12th, 2021

1:30

There is a lot of talk in the writing community about finding your voice. But hardly anyone ever talks about what it means or how to do it.  

In the simplest terms, your voice is how you talk. It is how you express …

Are You Listening to Your Life?

May 11th, 2021

2:37

Author and teacher Parker Palmer wrote a profound little book called Let Your Life Speak. In the book, he writes, “Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.”  

Run Your Own Race

May 10th, 2021

1:46

Have you ever wondered if you were doing this whole writing thing the right way?  

It’s easy to feel this way when you are constantly exposed to …

Ashley Rescot: Using Your Teaching Skills as a Writer

May 9th, 2021

41:29

I'm excited today to feature a guest who is a gifted storyteller, as well as a music teacher. She has found a way to blend those talents into a compelling platform that we can all learn from. 

Her name is Ashley …

Keiya Rayne & Kristen Donnelly: Using Content to Build Your Audience

May 8th, 2021

45:21

Today is a special episode because I have not one, but two guests who are here to help us understand some different ways to serve people with our words. Specifically, we're going to talk about building your audience …

Van Halen's Advice for Writers

May 7th, 2021

2:23

Van Halen was one of the greatest rock bands of the 1970s and ’80s. Although they had a number of popular songs and albums, they are probably best …

Work Less and Achieve More

May 6th, 2021

2:20

The greatest artist of all time, Leonard da Vinci, said, “The greatest geniuses sometimes accomplish more when they work less.”  

But what did he …

Are You Prepared to Succeed?

May 5th, 2021

1:50

A common problem among writers is that we often do not prepare. We tend to look at writing as a mainly creative endeavor, instead of as a project …

You Might Just Need a Nap

May 4th, 2021

2:03

Are you having trouble writing? Do you feel like you can’t regain your focus? Do you feel short-tempered and irritable?

 

When we feel this way, the first conclusion we jump to is that we have writer’s block or that …

Your Life is a Collection of Days

May 3rd, 2021

2:49

Have you ever put together a 1,000-piece puzzle? If so, you know there is a big difference between the image on the box and the reality of dumping out a thousand pieces onto the table. 

We tend to look at life as one …

A Personal Update from Kent

April 26th, 2021

4:04

On today’s episode, I share a special announcement about my transition away from my teaching role to focus on ghostwriting and the Daily Writer …

Inspiration is Mostly a Myth

April 23rd, 2021

2:07

We writers love to create stories. And why not? There is something fun about creating a fantasy world, living in it for a while, and inviting others to join us there. 

Sometimes these fantasies bleed over into the …

Don't Let Indecision Stop You

April 22nd, 2021

2:40

As writers, we face a lot of enemies: procrastination, fear of failure, creative fatigue, jealousy, and so many other hurdles. 

But here’s an enemy I bet you haven’t thought of: indecision. 

On today's episode, …

Writing Is Your Gift To God

April 21st, 2021

1:29

We have talked before on this podcast about how writing is a gift.  

It is a gift you can give to other people. Through your writing, you are sharing your ideas and stories with others to inspire, educate, and …

A Simple Tip For Creativity

April 20th, 2021

2:33

As a writer, you know that creativity is an essential part of what you do. Without new input and new ideas, you will resort to the same way of doing …

The Ghost of Willy Loman

April 19th, 2021

2:08

One of the saddest plays ever performed in American theater is Death of a Salesman. It was written by Arthur Miller and first performed on Broadway in 1949. 

Death of a Salesman tells the story of the last 24 hours …

10 Ways to Use Writing Prompts for Personal Development, Business & Leadership

April 18th, 2021

14:02

As a writer, you know creativity is a vital part of your work and business.  

One of the best tools for breaking through these blocks is writing …

Jyotsna Ramachandran: Daily Writing Habits to Finish Your Book

April 17th, 2021

40:12

If you do any research on the amount of people who start a book but never finish it, it can get a little depressing. I've seen stats range from 80% to 97%. Any way you slice it, the vast majority of people who start …

Backwards, Sideways, or Forward

April 16th, 2021

1:50

In the days before GPS, people used a little tool called a compass to help locate themselves on a map and find their way. 

We writers use a …

No Such Thing as Writer's Block

April 15th, 2021

2:44

In the Pixar movie Finding Nemo, we meet Marlin, a clownfish who has lost his son Nemo. On his way to find him, he meets Dory, a black and blue tang fish who has short-term memory loss. 

Despite her limited mental …

Permission to Be Impractical

April 14th, 2021

2:37

Do you have people in your life who are trying to help … but they’re not really helping? 

Who are these people? They are the ones who try to talk good sense into you. They say things like “That book is a waste of …

You Have Magic Hands

April 13th, 2021

3:50

One of the most difficult forms of magic is sleight of hand. 

Every form of magic is difficult, of course, but sleight of hand presents a unique …

Win, Lose or Learn

April 12th, 2021

1:33

Western culture is permeated with the idea that we must always be winning.

Social media only makes things worse. We only post our wins, our …

3 Reasons Why You Must Write

April 11th, 2021

17:14

One of my most prized possessions is an old notebook from the 1970's. My grandmother Louise wrote poetry in that notebook. When I read her poetry, …

Matthew Huff: How Running Helps You Become a Better Writer

April 10th, 2021

30:55

I am a big believer in spending your time on activities that bring value in many different areas. For example, writing is an activity that can bring …

Everybody Wants to Be a Writer

April 9th, 2021

1:21

For years, statistics have shown that eight out of every ten people want to write a book. Statistics also show that 97% of people who begin writing a book never finish it.

That’s a massive difference between those who …

Life is Like a Chalkboard

April 8th, 2021

2:27

So you failed. You messed up. You didn’t do what you said you were going to do. You didn’t get the writing done or live up to your own expectations, or worse yet, someone else’s.

We’ve all been there. It’s nothing new …

What Are You Waiting For?

April 7th, 2021

1:22

We spend so much of our lives consumed by moment other than the one we’re living right now.

You can spend all your time worrying about yesterday and all the things you did wrong that you’d like to correct. But the …

We Are All Making Gifts

April 6th, 2021

2:14

It’s a simple but important question: Why do you write?

There are a lot of reasons people write. Some people want to build a brand. Some people want money. Some people want a creative outlet. Some people want to leave a …

Do What’s Necessary

April 5th, 2021

2:31

If you have ever studied story structure or screenwriting, you’re probably familiar with the Hero’s Journey.

The Hero’s Journey is a framework used to tell all kinds of stories. It shows the progression of the hero, or …

Time Hacks for Writers

April 4th, 2021

33:34

What if you took a poll of a hundred people who started writing a book but didn't finish it? How many of them would say that a lack of time was a …

Jill Lublin: Publicity Strategies for Authors

April 3rd, 2021

18:47

One of the themes that I hear consistently from authors is that they don't like to market themselves. 

Of course, this isn't true for every writer, …

BEST OF: No Such Thing as Perfect

April 2nd, 2021

3:54

As you begin to make progress toward your writing goals this year, you will run into some roadblocks. Life will get messy, you will feel tired, and even here in the first couple weeks of the year, you will probably feel …

BEST OF: Here's to the Crazy Ones

April 1st, 2021

3:54

If you were to make a list of the most creative people from the last hundred years, Steve Jobs would be close to the top of the list. 

As the …

BEST OF: A Writing Lesson From Citizen Kane

March 31st, 2021

3:54

Citizen Kane is universally recognized as one of the greatest films of all time. Orson Welles and his collaborators created a masterpiece that was …

BEST OF: Happy Little Accidents

March 30th, 2021

3:54

If you’re of “a certain age,” you probably remember watching Bob Ross on his TV show “The Joy of Painting,” which he hosted on PBS from 1983-1994. 

If you’re a little younger, you’ve probably discovered him on the …

BEST OF: Remember Who You Are

March 29th, 2021

3:54

1994’s The Lion King is one of the most beloved animated movies of all time. In case you haven’t seen it in a while, the story focused on Simba, a young cub in the pridelands of Africa. He is first in line to inherit …

Ben Weaver: The Courage to Follow Your Own Path

March 28th, 2021

33:58

Being a writer takes courage. And lots of it.

Why does it take courage? Because when you write, you put your words out there for people to judge and evaluate. You release your ideas into the world. 

Sometimes those …

Jeffrey Shaw: Living the Self-Employed Life

March 27th, 2021

59:34

One of the themes of this podcast is "courage." I want you to consistently do things that scare you. 

Why? Because when you do things that feel intimidating, you accomplish greater things and you increase your capacity …

BONUS: Jeffrey Shaw: Hug Marketing vs. Marketing Funnels

March 27th, 2021

10:30

On this special bonus episode, Jeffrey Shaw shares his thoughts on “hug marketing” and why it’s such an effective strategy.

Jeffrey Shaw is a leading voice for self-employed business owners, and his top-rated podcast,

Dreams Look a Lot Like Sweat

March 26th, 2021

2:03

What does it take to achieve a dream?

This is the question everybody asks whenever they see someone who accomplished something great. 

On this episode, you'll learn why dreams come alive when you nourish them with the …

Follow Your Fear

March 25th, 2021

2:03

If you have ever been hiking on a trail in the woods, you have seen the markers that show your distance and keep you headed in the right direction. 

The purpose of those signs is to keep you from getting lost and give …

Your Best Work is Just a Step Away

March 24th, 2021

2:03

How far away is your best work?

Ask most writers, and they’ll say it is way off in the distance, perhaps even years or decades. We always perceive that the work we’re doing now is not very good and that our best work is …

A Wonderful, Terrible First Draft

March 23rd, 2021

2:03

If you have ever seen a potter at work, you know that a beautiful vase begins as an ugly lump of clay. The potter dumps the clay onto the wheel and …

One Year from Today

March 22nd, 2021

2:03

For some unexplained reason, the majority of curse words in the English language are four letters long. This is why we sometimes refer to them as four-letter words.

Obviously we’re not going to repeat them here. But if …

4 Foolproof Methods for Writing Every Day

March 21st, 2021

24:21

We talk a lot about writing habits at the Daily Writer. Why? Because a writing habit ensures that you get the writing done.

Without a habit, you will only write when you happen to have time available or the mood strikes …

How to Create Multiple Streams of Income with John Stange

March 20th, 2021

36:57

Most of us become interested in writing because we want to impact people's lives with our words. Which is possible! But there are other ways writing can also benefit your life.

One of those ways is by making income with …

Take the Next Logical Step

March 19th, 2021

2:22

The modern world is both a blessing and a curse for writers. 

On the one hand, we have amazing opportunities to write, publish, connect, share, and create. The possibilities are almost limitless.

But on the other hand, …

Action!

March 18th, 2021

2:20

If you watch the behind-the-scenes features for Hollywood movies, you’ve seen it a million times: the actors are in place, the camera crew is ready …

You’re So Close to Success

March 17th, 2021

2:22

One of the most inspiring stories from the music world during the last few decades comes from the rock band the Foo Fighters.

Dave Grohl was the …

Three Birds with One Stone

March 16th, 2021

2:40

One of the recurring themes you hear on this podcast is the importance of productivity. The reason is simple: it’s easy to have great ideas for writing, but it’s harder to bring those ideas to life. 

Hence the …

One Thing at a Time

March 15th, 2021

1:36

Creativity has its benefits, but it also has its drawbacks. The same impulse that leads you to explore new ideas is also the one that keeps you from …

How to Plan an Amazing Book Launch with Kate Erickson

March 14th, 2021

22:21

If you heard yesterday's episode, my interview with John Lee Dumas from Entrepreneurs on Fire, then you're familiar with his upcoming book The Common Path to Uncommon Success. John talked about entrepreneurship and gave …

The Common Path to Uncommon Success with John Lee Dumas

March 13th, 2021

11:03

I'm excited to share this interview with John Lee Dumas, who is the founder and host of the award-winning podcast, Entrepreneurs On Fire. The show has over 2500 episodes, over one million listens a month, and …

Creating Your Future Vision

March 12th, 2021

1:33

We all know time travel isn’t really possible. Or is it?

As appealing as it might seem to hop in a DeLorean and travel thirty years into the future, that’s probably not going to happy anytime soon. However, you can …

Writers Are Like Poker Players

March 11th, 2021

1:33

Writers are like poker players. When we get together, there is an awful lot of bluffing going on.

We love to talk about our next book project and how …

Scared to Death or Scared to Life?

March 10th, 2021

1:15

In you want to make a change in your life, positive motivation generally works well. 

We love for someone to cheer us on with encouraging words, and we are inspired by a vision of the future where things are better than …

Make Your Own Luck

March 9th, 2021

2:08

The greatest superhero movie ever made is 2008’s The Dark Knight. The movie is admired for many reasons, the biggest of which is Heath Ledger’s amazing performance as Batman’s arch-nemesis, the Joker.

But one of the …

A Hidden Source of Creativity

March 8th, 2021

1:27

As writers, we thrive on creativity. Without the ability to be creative, we are forever stuck with the same thoughts, the same stories, and the same ideas.

There are many ways fill your creative well. One of the …

The Writing Routines of 5 Famous Authors

March 7th, 2021

19:44

The central idea of the Daily Writer podcast is the importance of habits and routines to our writing success.

There may be some authors who have great success by producing books in sudden bursts of energy every once in …

Encore Interview: How to Tell Stories Like Jesus with Doug Phillips, Professor

March 6th, 2021

46:58

As a writer, one of the most valuable skills you can learn is storytelling. Stories are the way we process information and make sense of the world around us. 

I’m thrilled to be talking with Doug Phillips, who is the …

The Temptation of Writing-Related Activities

March 5th, 2021

2:14

Here is a question to consider: what activities actually produce writing?

 

This is not a trick question, but a serious one. Why? Because it’s easy for us to fall under the spell of doing writing-related activities …

Perfectly Imperfect

March 4th, 2021

2:55

First drafts are hard. Let’s just get that out of the way right here and now.

 

The deeper question is, why? Why does it take so much effort to produce a first draft, even if we know we will have many opportunities to …

You’re Going To Be Dreaming Soon

March 3rd, 2021

2:16

In the world of writers, there are two kinds of people: the mere mortals, and the towering giants.

 

We stand in awe of their creative output and their success. And we wonder, how do they get it done? How do they write …

One Word at a Time

March 2nd, 2021

3:13

One of the most common themes of successful writers is that they are consistent. They establish a habit or routine for getting the work done and they …

Let Nothing Interfere

March 1st, 2021

2:10

If you have spent much time around other writers, you have probably observed that as a whole, writers are a pretty congenial bunch.

 

We don’t …

Build Your Writing Muscles with These 7 Lessons from Stephen King's "On Writing"

February 28th, 2021

20:51

One of the most successful writers of all time also happens to have written one of the most helpful writing craft books of all time. His name is …

Encore Interview: The Courage to Be Your Authentic Self with Jeni Voss, Musician

February 27th, 2021

42:55

I'm excited to bring you this encore presentation of my interview with Jeni Voss, who is the lead singer of That 80’s Band, a fantastic group based here in St. Louis.

Jeni has quite a story to share, and I have to say …

It’s a Trap!

February 26th, 2021

2:42

If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll recall Admiral Ackbar from Return of the Jedi. At the Battle of Endor, he is fighting alongside the rebels against the evil Empire. 

As they are making a run toward the second Death …

Conditions Are Not Ideal, and That's Okay

February 25th, 2021

2:28

How many people in your life in your everyday life are serious writers? Probably just a few, unless you spend all your time around writers.

In other …

Write Wherever You Are

February 24th, 2021

1:47

If you have ever worked on a deadline, you understand the frustration of writing conditions that are not ideal.

This can be a challenge if you can only be productive in perfect conditions. The weather has to be right. …

Open a Gap for Your Words

February 23rd, 2021

2:39

How do you typically cope with getting stuck in your writing?

Do you sit there staring at the screen? Do you avoid the hard work and switch over to a Netflix show? Do you put your face in your hands and start sobbing …

Some Advice about Advice

February 22nd, 2021

1:56

You have probably noticed that there are lots of people giving advice about writing. There are almost as many people writing books about writing as they are people writing books about other topics.

In fact, there is an …

How to Get Out of a Creative Rut

February 21st, 2021

23:30

Today is February 21, which means we are almost two months into the new year. How are things going?

I'm not sure what your expectations for 2021 were when the clock struck midnight on December 31, but for many people, …

Encore Interview: Taking Control of Your Destiny with Eric Elder, Author & Online Pastor

February 20th, 2021

52:53

On this episode, I'm sharing a conversation with my friend Eric Elder from 2019. He is an author, speaker, and pianist with a passion for sharing Christ with others.

Eric is a pioneer in online ministry, and he has also …

The Only Thing You Have to Offer

February 19th, 2021

2:12

When you look at the millions of books, blogs, podcasts, and magazine articles that have been created, what could you possibly say that is unique?

Writers are Brokers of Hope

February 18th, 2021

3:26

Countless people have been inspired by Zig Ziglar’s famous quote, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

We can easily see how this applies to people in sales, …

The 99 Who Love You

February 17th, 2021

2:18

We writers often talk about the reasons we write. But what are the reasons we don’t write? What keeps us from writing?

The novelist Erica Jong hit the nail on the head when she said, “I went for years not finishing …

The Golden Thread

February 16th, 2021

2:53

People write for many reasons. Some do it for money. Others do it for fame. Still others do it to teach or inspire.

No matter why you write, there is a common element that ties all writers together. We are all on a …

Write the Truest Book You Know

February 15th, 2021

2:30

Here is one of the biggest ironies of the modern world. We have more facts and data than ever before, literally right at our fingertips.

However, the truth seems more elusive than ever.

Jesus said, “The truth will set …

How to De-Clutter Your Workspace

February 14th, 2021

29:17

On today's episode, we talk about the benefits of having a neat, clean work environment as well as 5 steps to decluttering your workspace:

  1. Deal with …

Writing Creative Nonfiction with Christopher Johnston, Journalist & Playwright

February 13th, 2021

43:36

When you hear the term "creative writing," what comes to mind?

If you're like most people, you probably think of fiction-based writing like novels, screenplays, and short stories. But did you know that the concept of …

I Don't Know and I Don't Care

February 12th, 2021

1:59

There are certain qualities we prize in the writing world.

One of them is knowledge. It seems like we should know what we are getting ourselves into, …

Who is Your Ideal Reader?

February 11th, 2021

3:00

Writing is by definition a lonely task. Yes, we have editors, beta readers, graphic designers and others who help polish and perfect our work. But …

You Don't Need to Be Brilliant

February 10th, 2021

2:52

We live in a culture that celebrates brilliance. Everywhere you look, people worship the best and the brightest among us.

The internet, magazines, …

How Many Times Are You Willing to Try?

February 9th, 2021

3:27

The history of writing is replete with stories about authors who were rejected, but kept trying until they found success.

Here’s just one example. A number of years ago, an aspiring author decided he wanted to write a …

A Beautiful, Lifelong Task

February 8th, 2021

2:21

Sometimes the writing life feels like a set of never-ending tasks.

There is that next blog post to write. That book chapter to revise. That client work to email. That sermon to write.

But this is not a bad thing. In …

BONUS: Tommy Breedlove on Book Marketing & Branding

February 7th, 2021

17:35

In this special bonus interview, Tommy Breedlove shares some behind-the-scenes insights from the creation of his amazing book, Legendary: A Simple Playbook for Building and Living a Legendary Life and Being Remembered …

Finish the Work: An Excerpt from The Artist's Suitcase

February 7th, 2021

13:30

On today's episode, I share wins from the Daily Writer Community and share a chapter from my book The Artist's Suitcase: 26 Essentials for the Creative Journey. The excerpt is below.

***

Are you looking for a community …

Cultivating Unconditional Self-Love with Tommy Breedlove, Business Coach

February 6th, 2021

41:17

Today's episode goes much deeper than strategies for writing and publishing. It goes to the core of who we are as people.

I am honored to share this conversation with Tommy Breedlove, author of the Wall Street Journal

Be Bad in Order to Be Good

February 5th, 2021

2:48

One of the most important lessons we can ever learn as writers as that good writing happens in stages. Whenever you read a great book chapter, blog book, screenplay, or speech, it did not begin that way.

It was most …

Will You Be the Same Person in Five Years?

February 4th, 2021

3:10

Most of us live in the present moment. We focus on the things we are doing today, next week, or perhaps later this year. But that’s about as far as it goes.

Just for a moment, set aside the distractions and think about …

Need a Little Courage? Just Write.

February 3rd, 2021

2:38

Writers have always been fascinated by the relationship between writing and courage. Does it take courage to write? Or does writing produce courage?

The answer is yes. Both are true.

For example, many authors and …

Master Yoda’s Advice for Writers

February 2nd, 2021

2:41

There’s a wonderful scene in a wonderful little movie called The Empire Strikes Back. There are lots of wonderful scenes in Empire, but there’s one …

How to Get Unblocked

February 1st, 2021

2:18

Every writer has felt like this at one time or another. You’re chugging along with your content and things are going smoothly. The ideas are flowing. You’re feeling great.

Then it happens. You hit the wall. The creative …

5 Books You Must Read This Year

January 31st, 2021

23:15

Ray Bradbury said, “Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”

Most of the time, we writers are focused on output. …

How to Use Power Stories for Engagement & Impact with Keith Griffis, Marketing Expert

January 30th, 2021

46:52

If you spend much time around writers, you begin to see patterns. There are certain things most writers love, such as telling stories, creating content, and connecting with other writers.

However, there are also things …

Ray Bradbury's Secret to Writing Success

January 29th, 2021

2:35

Do you ever feel overwhelmed as a writer?

No, that’s not a trick question. It’s just an acknowledgment that anyone writing in our modern world can easily get overwhelmed by the sheer number of opportunities we have …

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

January 28th, 2021

3:04

If you spend enough time around entrepreneurs or marketers, you can get the sense that writing is a one-dimensional pursuit that only has value if it …

Deadlines: Friend or Foe?

January 27th, 2021

2:25

Whatever you may think of Star Wars Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker, one thing is for certain: Kylo Ren’s journey is fascinating.

Throughout most of the previous two movies in the sequel trilogy, he’s a conflicted …

Life is a Process of Revision

January 26th, 2021

2:35

For new writers, one of the most surprising elements of the craft is how much editing and revision it takes to produce good work.

Until you get into writing as a serious hobby or a career, it may seem like writing …

Dealing with Distractions

January 25th, 2021

2:25

Imagine if you were a writer living two hundred years ago.

You probably lived on a farm and woke up at the crack of dawn with the sound of the rooster. You worked all day and went to bed not long after sundown.

If you …

BONUS: Jessica Brody on Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

January 24th, 2021

15:03

Welcome to this special bonus episode of the daily writer podcast. I am excited to bring you this short bonus conversation with Jessica Brody, author of over twenty novels, as well as the amazing writing guide, Save …

An Honest Conversation About Depression & Mental Health

January 24th, 2021

46:36

On this episode, we dive into a topic that may seem disconnected from writing. However, depression and other mental health issues affect writers just like they do everyone else.

In fact, writers and other creative types …

How to Win 2021 as a Writer with Jessica Brody, Novelist

January 23rd, 2021

45:15

I'm excited to bring you my conversation with Jessica Brody. She is the author of the #1 bestselling novel-writing guide, Save the Cat! Writes a …

Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up

January 22nd, 2021

2:04

So, you’re feeling tired. You’re feeling discouraged. You’re partway through your first draft and it’s not coming together just as you’d like.

Or perhaps you’ve already launched your book and it’s not getting the …

How to Feel Inspired Every Day

January 21st, 2021

2:24

Writers often talk about the need to feel inspired before they write. But what exactly does it mean to feel inspired? And more importantly, how do we get it on a daily basis?

Inspiration comes when we have that creative …

Self-Doubt is Just Fear in Disguise

January 20th, 2021

2:02

Have you ever stopped to wonder why we sometimes don’t do the things we really want to do?

For many years, statistics have shown that at least 8 out of every 10 people want to write a book. Why, then, do so many not …

Who Believes in You?

January 19th, 2021

2:26

Writing is mainly a solitary activity. Most books, articles, blog posts, and other content is created by people working alone. Yes, there are editors …

Write While It's Still Fresh

January 18th, 2021

1:58

It’s the sinking feeling every writer knows. You had a brilliant idea but didn’t write it down. Now you could kick yourself because you can’t …

5 Surprising Lessons from Launching the Daily Writer Community

January 17th, 2021

34:33

It has been quite an eventful week at the Daily Writer. This past week, I did an official public launch of the Daily Writer Community. I know that I …

BONUS: Joe Ricci on How to Write a Hallmark Movie

January 17th, 2021

26:13

I'm thrilled to bring you this bonus interview with Joe Ricci. We dive into all my geeky questions about story structure and the specifics of …

Writing for Television & Theater with Joe Ricci, Screenwriter

January 16th, 2021

49:28

I'm excited to bring you this conversation with one of the coolest and most interesting people I have met in a while. His name is Joe Ricci, and he …

The Myth of the Tortured Artist

January 15th, 2021

3:00

If you’re not mechanically inclined, maybe you can relate to this scenario. You’re driving down the road one day, and all of a sudden you realize that your car has been running kind of rough lately. The engine is a …

Carve Until You Set the Angel Free

January 14th, 2021

3:04

Michelangelo was one of the greatest artists who ever lived. As a sculptor, painter, designer, architect, and so much more, he transformed history …

Always Have a Book With You

January 13th, 2021

2:13

There is something quite magical about a book. Of course, you already know that since you’re a writer. You’re already committed to the art and craft of writing books.

But it’s interesting that so many writers don’t make …

Your Day Job is Not the Enemy

January 12th, 2021

3:37

It is common in the entrepreneurial world to view a day job as the enemy of a writing career. You have a boss, you have office hours, and you have job responsibilities that feel a million miles away from the writing you …

The Danger of Comparing Yourself to Others

January 11th, 2021

2:16

There is a strange dynamic within the world of writers.

On the one hand, there is a huge amount of collaboration and community. We support each …

BONUS: John Stange on Writing, Book Structure & Marketing

January 10th, 2021

27:04

On this bonus interview, Pastor John Stange shares his thoughts on the structure, writing, and marketing of his upcoming book, Dwell on These Things.

I encourage you to listen to yesterday's interview with John if you …

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers

January 10th, 2021

36:38

Here in the first couple weeks of the year, everyone loves to talk about goals. But once a week or two passes, the reality of life kicks in and the idea of a nice goal is not enough to carry you through the messiness of …

Pastor John Stange on His Upcoming Book, Dwell on These Things

January 9th, 2021

48:46

On today's episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing my good friend John Stange about the release of his upcoming book, Dwell on These Things.

Last month, John asked me to interview him for a special episode on his …

No Such Thing as Perfect

January 8th, 2021

3:05

As you begin to make progress toward your writing goals this year, you will run into some roadblocks. Life will get messy, you will feel tired, and even here in the first couple weeks of the year, you will probably feel …

Focus on What You Can Control

January 7th, 2021

3:02

You were having a perfectly good streak. Things were going well with your writing, and you were making great progress with your book, blog, client work, or something else you were working on.

But then it happened. Maybe …

Da Vinci's Advice About Knowledge

January 6th, 2021

2:34

Here at the Daily Writer, we are a huge advocate for not just writing books, but for reading them. They are a critical facet of your growth as a writer. You will be hard-pressed to come across a great leader in modern …

The Way to Get Started

January 5th, 2021

3:15

During this first week of the year, you will hear a lot of people talk about their goals. You will see social media posts, articles, emails, and news stories about all the big plans people are making for 2021.

Perhaps …

You Can Do This! 

January 4th, 2021

2:20

It’s the beginning of a brand-new year. You have dreams. You have goals. You have big things you want to accomplish in the next twelve months. And your mind is consumed by one overriding question: “Can I do this?”   …

Now Open: The Daily Writer Community

January 3rd, 2021

16:50

On this episode, I share details about the brand-new Daily Writer Community, which is now open for application!

You'll learn why I'm launching this group, what's included, and how it's different than other writing …

Editor & Book Development Coach Jennifer Harshman on Principles of Productivity

January 2nd, 2021

45:37

When it comes right down to it, everything about writing success comes down to productivity. We may have great ideas, we may feel inspired, and we may have great connections. We may even have a publishing contract.

But …

A Business Review of My 2020 and Goals for 2021

January 1st, 2021

42:25

On today's special edition, I review the successes and challenges in my writing and business over the past year. I also share eight major goals I'll …

We Will Return on January 1 (+ 6 Episode Recommendations)

December 26th, 2020

6:14

I’m taking a very short 1-week hiatus from the podcast to work on my next book and do some extra planning for 2021. We have nearly 300 episodes of the daily writer podcast published, so I encourage you to take some time …

Somebody Had to Write It Down

December 25th, 2020

3:26

Christmas means many things to many people.

Some people look forward to parties and social events. Some people enjoy the lights and holiday displays …

Is This Really Necessary?

December 24th, 2020

2:47

If there is one word that describes our modern, hectic lifestyles, it’s “obligation.” 

We are connected 24/7 to our devices, and literally anyone in the world with a smartphone can reach out to us. Our inboxes are …

The Other Side of Your Comfort Zone

December 23rd, 2020

3:24

In the year 532, the emperor Justinian stood gazing at the smoking ruins of Constantinople’s patriarchal church that had just been burned to the ground by riots. As the leader of the Byzantine empire, he wanted to build …

Put Some Love Into It

December 22nd, 2020

2:46

If your writing was a cake, what would the ingredients be?

You would certainly include structure. You’d think about the audience. If you were writing …

What If?

December 21st, 2020

2:38

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, the military historian Robert Cowley coordinated a fascinating series of books called What If? The books …

Writers Roundtable: Expert Tips on Finding Your First Clients (with Lynn Smargis & Leo York)

December 20th, 2020

55:26

One of the topics we often discuss on this podcast is doing client work. If you haven't yet considered it as a way to supplement your income, I encourage you to think about it.

When you're starting with freelance …

Storytelling Coach Jim Woods on How to Craft Better Stories

December 19th, 2020

36:21

I'm honored to have my good friend, Jim Woods, on the show today to help us develop our storytelling chops. Jim is a novelist, story coach, and editor. He has worked with many authors over the years, including some …

The Most Powerful Two-Letter Word

December 18th, 2020

2:43

What do powerful words look like? 

When you think of powerful words, you probably imagine Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address, or JFK …

Stuck in the Twilight Zone

December 17th, 2020

3:07

One of the most popular episodes of the original Twilight Zone series is “Time Enough at Last.” Burgess Meredith plays Henry Bemis, a bank teller …

Cynics Don't Change the World

December 16th, 2020

3:12

Every period in history seems like the worst for people going through it. 2020 has certainly been a challenging year on many levels. We’ve still in the middle of a global pandemic, we had a bitter election in the United …

The Wicked Witch Isn't Real

December 15th, 2020

2:51

Anyone who grew up in the second half of the 20th century was familiar with two icons of pop culture: The Wizard of Oz and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

December 14th, 2020

2:36

In the world of computers, WYSIWYG stands for “what you see is what you get.” It refers to an editing system or interface where the content you see on screen shows exactly how it will look when it’s printed or displayed …

December 2020 Listener Q&A

December 13th, 2020

35:09

On this month's Listener Q&A, we tackle a number of great questions:

  • How do you transition from writing as a hobby, to writing as a profession?

Director Tricia Brouk on Using Your Influential Voice to Create a Lasting Legacy

December 12th, 2020

32:38

When we consider the impact of our writing, there are many elements we pay attention to. We spend a lot of time thinking about our audience, our …

Don't Throw Any of Yourself Away

December 11th, 2020

3:02

If you spend any time among a group of novelists, you will pretty quickly hear two terms: pantsers and plotters.

Pantsers are the ones who prefer to write by the “seat of their pants.” They love to develop a great …

The Curse of Johnny Carson

December 10th, 2020

4:00

Most young people only have a vague idea of who Johnny Carson is if they have even heard of him at all. But for anyone 40 and older, you probably …

"Marketing" Just Means Being Considerate

December 9th, 2020

2:58

If you talk to most writers, there is one thing they almost all universally hate: marketing. Most writers dislike the thought of promoting themselves or going through all the technical hoops they think they need in …

A New Superhero: Iron Writer

December 8th, 2020

3:32

If you recall your middle school history class, there were three distinct periods in ancient history, each one defined by the material they used to …

Creativity is More Than a Feeling

December 7th, 2020

2:29

In September 1976, the American rock band Boston released their single called “More Than a Feeling.” The song tells the story of a young man who is listening to the radio, and a song comes on that reminds him of a …

Short Story: "All the Way Down"

December 7th, 2020

11:32

If you've been listening to my podcast or reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I encourage you to do things that are scary. I've been getting into short story writing recently, and I recently dug this …

How to Grow Your Audience with an Email Newsletter (with Jared Odle)

December 5th, 2020

38:42

When you think of ways to connect with your audience and add value to them, what comes to mind?

What usually focus on the more flashy forms of marketing such as social media, Amazon algorithms or Facebook ads. But …

Where Your Power Comes From

December 4th, 2020

2:58

In a world of equality and opportunity, we usually talk about power as if it’s a bad thing. But power is like time, money, or any other resource. It can be used for good or for bad.

Writers don’t think about what we do …

Put One Word After Another

December 3rd, 2020

2:43

One of the tropes that seems to follow creative types around is the myth of the “tortured artist.” The myth goes something like this: creative work …

This Isn't for Thin-Skinned Writers

December 2nd, 2020

3:16

Do you remember what it feels like to be criticized for your writing?

Different memories come flooding back for different people. Maybe it was in junior high, when a teacher pointed out all your mistakes. Maybe it was …

Here's to the Crazy Ones

December 1st, 2020

3:13

If you were to make a list of the most creative people from the last hundred years, Steve Jobs would be close to the top of the list. As the …

The Real Definition of Success

November 30th, 2020

3:10

What does it mean to be successful as a writer?

It’s a simple question—you might say even deceptively simple. Why? Because we don’t often stop to …

10 Ways to Give as a Writer

November 29th, 2020

20:22

The holiday season is in full swing, and most everyone is thinking about the gifts they are going to give others. Just yesterday, my son and I were …

Tear Out the Tags (with Bee Evans)

November 28th, 2020

1:04:57

There are a lot of challenging aspects of being a writer. But in my experience, some of the biggest obstacles come from inside.

If we look at why we sometimes are not achieving the impact and success we want, it's …

What Have They Got That I Ain't Got?

November 27th, 2020

3:26

Being a writer is a lot like living in The Wizard of Oz. Some days feel like you’ve lost your brain, most days feel like you’re holding onto your …

Half Full or Half Empty?

November 26th, 2020

3:20

Are you a glass half empty or a glass half full kind of person?

If your answer is that you’re a glass half empty kind of person, it means you tend to …

The Agony of an Untold Story

November 25th, 2020

2:34

Have you ever found yourself sitting, staring at the wall, thinking about that book you wanted to write? Then a few minutes later, you snap out of it and realize you were completely lost in thought?

If so, you’re not …

Are You Committed?

November 24th, 2020

3:34

We live in an age when it is easy to get out of almost any commitment. If you’re unhappy with your cable TV service, you can switch companies. If your dinner at a restaurant doesn’t taste good, you can send it back to …

The Gift of Failure

November 23rd, 2020

3:12

When you hear the name J.K. Rowling, what comes to mind? 

You probably picture an ultra-successful author whose books are adored by millions of …

Writers Roundtable: Getting Started as a Writer (with Eric Elder, Ashley Rescot & Mary Felkins)

November 22nd, 2020

1:00:52

One of the most common themes I hear from people who want to write is, "Where do I start?" So many people have the desire, even the calling, to write ... yet they don't know where to begin.

Rather than do a straight-up …

Own Your Career, Own Your Life (with Andy Storch)

November 21st, 2020

42:06

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Here is the U.S., we like to talk about ownership. In fact, one of the hallmarks of American society is the concept of owning land, owning a house, and owning a car.

But when …

A Mighty Sharp Sword

November 20th, 2020

3:40

If you’re a fan of the Peanuts comic strip, you may remember one of the ongoing storylines involving Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s loveable dog. Snoopy …

Happy Little Accidents

November 19th, 2020

2:45

If you’re of “a certain age,” you probably remember watching Bob Ross on his TV show “The Joy of Painting,” which he hosted on PBS from 1983-1994. If you’re a little younger, you’ve probably discovered him on the …

Beware the Green-Eyed Monster

November 18th, 2020

4:11

Have you ever felt jealous of another writer’s success? We’re going for honesty here, so let’s assume the answer is “yes.”

The world of writers can be a funny place. We love to support one another, read each other’s …

A Writing Lesson from Citizen Kane

November 17th, 2020

3:30

Citizen Kane is universally recognized as one of the greatest films of all time. Orson Welles and his collaborators created a masterpiece that was …

Don't Be a One-Hit Wonder

November 16th, 2020

4:13

One of the staples of the modern music world is the “Greatest Hits” album. When an artist has been around for a while, and they’ve had at least a few hits, it’s customary for their record company to release a new album …

15 Ways to Make Money as a Writer

November 15th, 2020

48:48

If you've been listening to this podcast for any length of time, you know that I place a big emphasis on habits, mindset, creativity, and related topics.

Those are all inputs into our writing. I emphasize those things …

The Journey of Writing a Novel (with Bethany Lee)

November 14th, 2020

34:32

As I talk to writers, one of the most common themes I hear is, "I've always wanted to write a novel." It seems like almost everybody has a story they …

Turn on the Faucet

November 13th, 2020

3:00

Has this ever happened to you? You block out time on your calendar, you get your pen or pencil—or computer—ready, and you sit down at your desk, ready to write. You’ve been looking forward to this time and can’t wait to …

What Does It Mean to Be Great?

November 12th, 2020

2:40

What does it mean to be great?

It’s such a simple question on the surface. But when you dig a little deeper, it gets to the heart of an inner conflict we feel as writers.

On the one hand, we want to help people. We care …

If You Want to Be Profound, Be Simple

November 11th, 2020

3:08

One of the most popular TV sitcoms in recent years was The Big Bang Theory. Chances are pretty high that you have either seen it or know about it. …

The Only Way to Be a Failure

November 10th, 2020

2:57

As creatives, we seem hardwired to remember every single time we failed in our younger days.

Remember the time you forgot your lines in the school …

An Amateur Who Didn't Quit

November 9th, 2020

2:32

What is a professional?

It seems like such a simple question. A professional baseball player is one who plays on a pro sports team. A professional attorney is one who has a legal practice. A professional plumber is one …

November 2020 Listener Q&A

November 8th, 2020

57:50

On this month's Listener Q&A, we tackle a number of great questions (time stamp and the name of the person asking the question are included):

Leadership Through Storytelling (with Terry Stafford)

November 7th, 2020

26:00

I'm thrilled to bring you this conversation with my good friend Terry Stafford. Terry is an award-winning author who has written four novels, the most recent of which completed a trilogy. Terry is also an editor, and in …

The Fountain of Youth

November 6th, 2020

3:04

One of humanity’s most enduring myths is the Fountain of Youth. For well over two thousand years, people have fantasized, and at times even searched …

Take a Book Wherever You Go

November 5th, 2020

4:04

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit down with one of the world’s most successful authors and ask them the secret to great writing?

Always an Apprentice

November 4th, 2020

2:49

Picture yourself as a third grader. It’s May and you have two weeks of school left. It’s warm outside and all you can think about is a fun-filled …

This is Not the Time to Be Timid

November 3rd, 2020

2:41

The scariest monster in ancient Greek mythology was not a cyclops, sea monster, or dragon. It was a woman named Medusa.

Legend has it that she was …

Remember Who You Are

November 2nd, 2020

2:33

1994’s The Lion King is one of the most beloved animated movies of all time. In case you haven’t seen it in a while, the story focused on Simba, a young cub in the pride lands of Africa. He is first in line to inherit …

Introduction to the Daily Writer Podcast

November 1st, 2020

25:49

I'm thrilled to bring you the first episode of my new podcast, The Daily Writer!

If you consider yourself a creative entrepreneur who wants to build a business with your writing, or writing is a key part of your …

Audio Journal: Letting Go & Looking Forward

October 31st, 2020

5:19

It's hard to let go of what's familiar and comfortable. But that's what is probably holding you back. Is it time to let go and move on?

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Need a …

Audio Journal: I Miss Johnny Carson

October 30th, 2020

3:59

Johnny Carson was the greatest late-night host of all time. Here's why I miss him.

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Audio Journal: The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

October 30th, 2020

5:50

We all choose what "glasses" we use to see the world. What do you see?

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Audio Journal: How I Wrote a 45,000-Word Book This Month

October 29th, 2020

11:07

I just finished the first draft of a client book. I was able to work from an outline and write 45,000 words in less than a month. Here's how it was done.

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A Conversation on Creativity with my 9-Year Old Son Ben

October 29th, 2020

9:00

I stumbled across this short interview I did with my son Ben in 2013. He was 9 years old at the time. It was so much fun hearing his comments about …

Audio Journal: Are You McDonald's or Red Robin?

October 28th, 2020

7:06

In your business, do you present yourself as fast food or gourmet?

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Blogging 101: How to Write a Clear Call to Action

October 27th, 2020

6:29

When you’re a writer, it’s easy to get caught up in the content treadmill. We sometimes forget that we write to change lives.

That’s why a call to action is such a vital part of any content. On this episode, you’ll …

Audio Journal: Blood on the Canvas

October 26th, 2020

4:03

What we learn from an obscure fact about painting in medieval times? A lot, it turns out.

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Audio Journal: Don't Despise the Chisel

October 25th, 2020

5:11

We naturally process pain as a bad thing. But can it be raw material for your creative work? Can it help you become who you need to be?

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Audio Journal: 3 Books to Grow Your Mind & Business

October 24th, 2020

4:23

I share a little about three books I'm reading and loving:

  1. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  2. Gift*ology by John Ruhlin
  3. Marketing Made Simple by …

Audio Journal: Don't Take Criticism Personally

October 23rd, 2020

4:27

Yes, I know we all tend to take criticism personally ... but it's not healthy. Here's how to make better use of it.

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Tremendous Leadership & The Power of Books (with Dr. Tracey C. Jones)

October 22nd, 2020

38:31

I’m excited to bring you this conversation with Dr. Tracey Jones, who is the President of Tremendous Leadership. She’s an author, speaker, veteran, international leadership expert, publisher, and host of the Tremendous …

Audio Journal: It's 2053 ... Who is Reading Your Books?

October 21st, 2020

3:14

On this episode, I dig into a little 80's music history to show how your art can impact people over the long haul.

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Blogging 101: How to Counter Your Reader's Objections

October 20th, 2020

24:22

You’ve worked hard to write a blog post or article that communicates great information. But have you looked at your content from your reader’s perspective? 

Objections are the mental and emotional roadblocks that a …

Audio Journal: Just Hit Publish

October 19th, 2020

2:47

One of the biggest struggles we have as writers is the disciple to simply hit "publish" on our work.

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Audio Journal: Who is Your Author Model?

October 18th, 2020

2:27

There are many successful authors you can follow and emulate. However, it's important to choose one or two who can be your primary model for how you …

Audio Journal: If You're Feeling Anxious, Try This

October 17th, 2020

3:45

Here's a quick tip for dealing with anxiety. Give it a shot ... it really works!

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Audio Journal: Focus on What You Can Control

October 16th, 2020

3:20

On today's episode, I give a quick reminder why we need to focus on what we can control, not on what we cannot.

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Adulting with Money (with Dan Hinz)

October 15th, 2020

40:22

If you think about topics that cause a lot of stress and conflict, money is very near the top of that list. I’m thrilled that my friend Dan Hinz joins me on this episode for an important conversation about money, …

Audio Journal: The John Wayne Effect

October 14th, 2020

5:21

Do you feel a little isolated as a writer? On this episode, I share a simple tip for dealing with it.

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Blogging 101: How to Write Simple & Clear Main Points

October 13th, 2020

16:48

Have you ever gotten a great idea for a blog post or article, but you struggled to figure out what to say about the topic? Or perhaps you had a lot to say that you weren’t sure how to organize your thoughts. 

On this …

Audio Journal: Want to Learn Something? Reverse Engineer It.

October 12th, 2020

5:44

On this episode, I share how I learned to draw a comic strip, something I have done for my son three times a week over the last few years.

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Audio Journal: Are You Filling Your Creative Well?

October 11th, 2020

2:52

As an artist and writer, it's vital for you to keep your creative well filled every day. On this episode, I give you a few suggestion how to do that.

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Audio Journal: The Beauty of Imperfection

October 10th, 2020

5:39

On this episode, I share why imperfection makes your art more human and beautiful.

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Audio Journal: How I Signed My First Two Ghostwriting Clients

October 9th, 2020

10:35

This is a follow-up to the previous Audio Journal about ghostwriting. On today's episode, I share the stories behind signing my first two clients.

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Instagram Secrets for Building Your Audience (with Lauren V. Davis)

October 8th, 2020

45:28

Maybe you are active on social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. But are you active on Instagram, which is one of the most …

Audio Journal: 3 Lessons from My First Ghostwriting Project

October 7th, 2020

8:50

I just completed my first ghostwriting project, and the book launches this month. (Unfortunately, I can't tell you what it is since that is the nature of ghostwriting!)

On this episode, I share three important lessons I …

Blogging 101: How to Write an Introduction That Hooks Your Reader

October 6th, 2020

15:21

Have you ever written a draft of a blog post or article, only to feel frustrated that you couldn’t figure out a great introduction? 

If so, you will …

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: The Daily Writer Podcast is Launching on November 1st!

October 5th, 2020

19:39

On this episode, you'll get an inside peek into a new podcast I'll be launching on Sunday, November 1st: The Daily Writer Podcast.

I'm super excited about the new direction, which will focus on the 4 key practices of a …

Audio Journal: This is More Important Than Talent

October 4th, 2020

7:21

Has anyone ever said you don't have enough talent to be a writer? Or have you ever thought that about yourself? On today's Audio Journal, I share something that is far more important than talent when it comes to your …

Audio Journal: Your Words Can Hurt or Heal

October 3rd, 2020

7:31

I was recently tempted to use my words to fire back at someone when I was feeling irritable. Fortunately, I didn't. I learned an important lesson about the power of our words to hurt or heal.

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property & Finishing Your Book (with Steve Sponseller)

October 1st, 2020

30:34

As a writer and a creator, one of the most important steps you can legally is protecting your intellectual property. My friend, Steve Sponseller, joins me on this episode to dive into this complicated but vital topic.

Audio Journal: Writing in a Noisy & Distracted World

September 30th, 2020

4:06

On this episode of the Audio Journal, I share some thoughts on why it's difficult to write in a world full of distraction and noise. The secret for …

Blogging 101: Secrets to Crafting a Compelling Headline

September 29th, 2020

32:42

Headlines are one of the most important parts of a blog post or article. They are also one of the most misunderstood.

A great headline can grab the reader’s attention and keep them reading. On this episode, we dive into …

Audio Journal: What Are You Waiting For?

September 26th, 2020

4:06

On today's Audio Journal, we learn a lesson from Taylor Swift and explore the fear behind releasing our creative work.

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20 Podcasting Lessons from 200 Episodes

September 24th, 2020

49:39

We are celebrating 200 episodes of the Smart Business Writing podcast! On this special episode, I reflect on 20 important lessons I have learned about podcasting over the last few years.

If you have thought about …

Audio Journal: Your Legacy is Created Now, Not in the Future

September 23rd, 2020

6:01

This is the first episode of a new "Audio Journal" series. These are short, unedited episodes where I share reflections on life, what's working or not working, and thoughts on current or future projects.

These episodes …

Blogging 101: 7 Ways Blogging Improves Your Writing & Business

September 22nd, 2020

26:10

On this episode, we begin a series dedicated to the basics of blogging. Blog posts can be an important part of your marketing as well as a key way you can impact people and improve as a writer.

For the sake of …

Success Stories: Adrian Lance on Writing & Publishing His First Book

September 17th, 2020

39:59

I’m excited to share this conversation with my friend and former student, Adrian Lance. Adrian is a blogger and author from the Midwest. His background is ministry and leadership, and his mission is to equip all …

How to T-E-A-C-H Anything

September 15th, 2020

27:38

Are you a blogger, writer, podcaster, pastor, speaker, coach, or consultant? If so, you have content and ideas that can change your audience’s life.

Morgan James: The Publisher for Author Entrepreneurs (with David Hancock)

September 10th, 2020

39:59

One of the biggest questions every author must face is: Should I self-publish my book or find a traditional publisher? 

The good news is that you …

The Introvert's Guide to Networking

September 8th, 2020

46:53

Zig Ziglar famously said, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

Success is all about building great relationships and serving other people well. But …

Productivity & Systems for Writers (with Jennifer Harshman)

September 3rd, 2020

40:12

I’m excited to bring you this conversation with my good friend Jennifer Harshman, owner of Harshman Services. Jennifer is a successful editor, …

10 Ways to Read More in Less Time

September 1st, 2020

21:07

As a writer, you know it’s important to spend time reading. But like most people, you probably feel pressed for time. On this episode, we’ll dive into ten specific ways to read more books and get more out of the books …

How to Win in a World of Comparison (with Renee Vidor)

August 27th, 2020

54:51

My guest on this episode is Renee Vidor. She is the author of the fantastic book Measuring Up: How to Win in a World of Comparison. Renee is also a speaker and community creator who helps individuals and organizations …

How to Write 300% Faster Using Dictation

August 25th, 2020

11:51

What if I told you there was a simple way to not only increase your writing speed but do it by 300% using technology that’s already in your pocket?

Grow Your Business with Personal Branding (with Aaron Hunt)

August 20th, 2020

45:15

I’m excited to bring you this interview with my friend Aaron Hunt, who is a personal brand photographer. He’s not only excellent at his photography craft, but an expert on personal branding. 

Aaron is a genius when it …

Are You Making These 3 Mistakes in Your Writing Business?

August 18th, 2020

18:37

Mistakes are like gasoline. When you mishandle it, it can blow up in your face. But if you treat it correctly, it’s fuel that drives you forward.

On …

Video Ideas to Dominate Your Marketing (with Matt Peet)

August 13th, 2020

45:33

My guest today is Matt Peet, a videographer who has traveled all over America shooting videos for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Matt’s goal is to help entrepreneurs learn how to make their own videos so they can …

5 Reasons Ghostwriting is a Great Business for Writers

August 11th, 2020

25:00

187: 5 Reasons Ghostwriting is a Great Business for Writers

One of the most fascinating things about being a ghostwriter is seeing people’s responses when you tell them what you do. People will say things like, “What is …

A Math Professor's Writing & Self-Publishing Journey (with Allison Dillard)

August 6th, 2020

36:42

If you have listened to this podcast for any length of time, you know that I have a soft spot for educators. Teachers can have so much influence outside the classroom by writing a book. Today you’ll learn how one math …

The Top 15 Podcasts for Business Writers

August 4th, 2020

28:47

Have you ever scrolled through your podcast app and wondered what you should listen to next? There are literally hundreds of thousands of podcasts …

How to Turn Your Book into a Musical (with Eric Elder)

July 30th, 2020

48:50

Eric Elder is one of my very best friends in the world. He’s many things: a pianist, music producer, author of well over twenty books at this point, online pastor, writing coach, and so much more. One title he was able …

Creating Better Business Books (with Honorée Corder & Alice Sullivan)

July 23rd, 2020

47:14

You’ve heard it a million times: writing a book can help your business. But doesn’t that mean you have to spend years writing a massive book that contains all your wisdom and knowledge? 

Not according to my guests, …

How to Tell a Better Story (with Alice Sullivan)

July 16th, 2020

47:28

“It was a dark and stormy night …” or so the story goes. As a kid I read the Peanuts comic strip. Once in a while, Snoopy would use those words to …

The Life-Changing Benefits of Journaling (with Chad Jeffers)

July 9th, 2020

38:45

What would it take to change your life? Something radical? Something crazy? Something prohibitively expensive? As it turns out, there’s a very simple …

Secrets of a Top Writer on Medium (with Anthony Moore)

July 2nd, 2020

44:03

If you read articles about personal growth, success, business, money, the arts … or pretty much any other topic, there is a great chance you’ve read …

Passive Income, Aggressive Retirement (with Rachel Richards)

June 25th, 2020

33:25

If I said, “Name the best quote from Jerry Maguire,” what would you say? If you said, “You complete me,” you’re close … but no cigar. The best quote …

Ask an Expert (with Jennifer Harshman, Editor)

June 18th, 2020

25:50

Have you ever wondered where you could find an expert who could answer all your burning questions about writing, editing, books, productivity, and …

Becoming Your Authentic Self (with Jeff Goins)

June 11th, 2020

43:30

One of the most important concepts in writing, creativity, and business today is “authenticity.” We all want to be our authentic selves, and we want …

How to Get More Leads Through LinkedIn (with Bjarne Viken)

June 4th, 2020

1:17:36

You’re active on Facebook. You play around on Instagram. You’ve probably dabbled with Twitter. But one of the great mysteries of life is, “What in …

Re-Programming Your Mindset (with Valerie Pugsley)

May 28th, 2020

48:25

Did you know you have a serious program? Every day, your mind is being programmed by the people you talk to, the news you watch, the books you read, and everything else you consume. It’s all giving your mind a blueprint …

Secrets of a Six-Figure Online Business Expert (with Alex Nerney)

May 21st, 2020

41:31

What if you could make six figures with your online business? How would that impact your life? How would that impact your family? The good news is …

The Entrepreneurial Pastor (with John Stange)

May 14th, 2020

59:17

How do you maintain a full-time job, lead your family, yet also find time to write a couple dozen books, produce three podcasts, and lead a growing …

Ghostwriting: The Secret Weapon to Grow Your Business (with Derek Little)

May 7th, 2020

43:18

If you’re a business leader, wouldn’t you like to have a secret weapon that can help grow your business? And if you’re a writer, wouldn’t you like to …

Developing a Mindset for Success (with Andrew Mundy)

April 30th, 2020

42:10

Does your mind need a tune-up? If you’re human, the answer is YES! Your mind is like a guitar: it constantly needs to be tuned if you’re going to …

Own Your Keywords (with Steve Woodruff)

April 23rd, 2020

39:51

You have a business name. You have a product or service you offer. You probably have a website and a logo. But do you know your keywords? If not, …

Storytelling Principles for Business (with Amber Royer)

April 16th, 2020

55:10

One of the most important things we do as business leaders is communicate with our customers, clients, and readers. But sometimes we struggle with knowing how to do this effectively. You’re in for a treat today because …

Why I Am a Christian

April 12th, 2020

41:50

I don't often talk about my faith directly in my podcast or other content. It's not because I'm hiding my faith--rather, it's because my focus is on helping people with writing, not to preach.

But today is different. I …

Ghostwriting Q&A (with Nick Pavlidis)

April 10th, 2020

1:19:21

As a writer, you’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the writing you can do for yourself, but have you ever considered writing for other people? More specifically, have you ever considered … ghostwriting? 

On this …

Websites 101 (with Michael Daehn)

April 8th, 2020

56:50

I have some good news and some bad news for you. The bad news is that if you’re like many business owners and writers, your website needs a lot of attention. It needs to clearly explain what it is that you do. The good …

4 Simple Ways to Affirm People with Your Writing

April 6th, 2020

9:43

As the world continues to grapple with the virus pandemic, maybe you’ve wondered what you can do to help. The truth is that you can do a lot! On this episode, you’ll learn four important ways you can encourage and …

The Bezos Letters (with Steve & Karen Anderson)

April 3rd, 2020

54:05

What if you could sit down with the world’s richest man and learn the principles that helped his business be so successful? That might not be …

Turn Your Problems into Possibilities

April 1st, 2020

10:50

Have you ever had one of those weeks where things didn’t go so well? I just had one of those weeks. On this episode, I’ll share three specific problems I faced and how I was able to turn these into possibilities.

You …

Audio Branding 101 (with Jodi Krangle)

March 30th, 2020

41:18

If you’re like most writers, you constantly think about visual branding for your business or organization. But have you ever thought about AUDIO …

Video Marketing 101 (with Jared Latigo)

March 27th, 2020

45:24

Video Marketing 101 (with Jared Latigo)

Do you ever feel overwhelmed or a little intimidated by using video to market your business and engage an audience? I certainly feel this way, and most of the time I have just …

How's the Culture in Your Kingdom? (with Dan Cockerell)

March 25th, 2020

1:04:44

Each of us has our own kingdom or sphere of influence. And each of those kingdoms has a culture. I’m thrilled that our guest today is here to help us …

Success Stories - Ruth Heinzmann on Blogging and Email Marketing

March 23rd, 2020

26:54

Success Stories: Ruth Heinzmann on Blogging & Email Marketing

On today’s “Success Stories” episode, we’ll hear from my friend Ruth Heinzmann, who …

Turn Your Writing into Dollars (with Dan Miller)

March 20th, 2020

50:28

Turn Your Writing into Dollars (with Dan Miller)

One of the biggest challenges we face as writers is keeping a balance between the creative and …

Be Your Finest Art (with Joanne Miller)

March 18th, 2020

57:00

Be Your Finest Art (with Joanne Miller)

The life of an artist or a writer is one that is filled with a lot of tension between competition priorities. As we talk about writing that helps grow your business, one of the …

3 Productive Ways to Use Your COVID-19 Down Time

March 16th, 2020

18:04

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected virtually every aspect of our lives in a short amount of time. Chances are high that you are working from home and have more time on your hands. On this episode, I’ll share 3 ways to …

The Thriving Christian Artist (with Matt Tommey)

March 13th, 2020

35:50

The Thriving Christian Artist (with Matt Tommey)

Do you feel like you’ve lost your way as a writer or artist? Are you stuck in your creative life and in need of some inspiration? Are you looking for practical advice on …

Secrets of Personal Branding (with Mike Kim)

March 11th, 2020

54:11

Secrets of Personal Branding (with Mike Kim)

Clear communication has never been important. In today’s world of constant noise and distractions, you must have a clear personal brand if you want to stand out.

That’s why …

Singles vs. Home Runs

March 9th, 2020

10:03

Everybody wants to hit a “home run” in their writing and creative work. On this episode, you’ll learn why “hitting singles” is so important to your success. Masterpieces are not created by big, flashy moments of …

You MUST Write a Book (with Honoree Corder)

March 6th, 2020

1:03:44

One of the best ways to build your authority and credibility is to write a book. I’m thrilled to feature an interview with THE self-publishing expert, Honoree Corder. She is the author of more than 50 books, and she’s …

Unleash the Power of Masterminds (with Aaron Walker)

March 4th, 2020

35:57

I’m thrilled to bring you this interview with Aaron Walker, who is the founder of the Iron Sharpens Iron Mastermind, which now hosts 15 groups with national and international members. He is also the author of View from …

Do You Celebrate Your Wins?

March 2nd, 2020

5:27

It’s tempting to overlook your wins, especially when it seems like everyone else around you is having more success. In today’s episode, you’ll learn why it’s important to celebrate your wins and stop comparing yourself …

Let's Launch Your Podcast (with Jody Maberry)

February 28th, 2020

40:43

Podcasting is an amazing way to connect with listeners and impact more people. Have you ever considered starting your own show?

If so, my guest today will point you in the right direction. His name is Jody Maberry, and …

It’s Business, Not Personal

February 26th, 2020

8:38

How do you deal with rejection and disappointment in your personal brand business? On this episode, I share a powerful lessons from “The Godfather” …

Success Stories: Craig Harmann on Blogging and Music Publishing

February 24th, 2020

29:00

I love featuring successful authors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders on my blog and podcast. But I also want to showcase writers who are in the …

Creating Disney Magic (with Lee Cockerell)

February 21st, 2020

41:36

How do you create a truly “magical” experience for the people you lead and those you serve?

My guest on this episode has the answer! His name is Lee …

Insights From My 2020 Writing Survey

February 19th, 2020

13:05

My biggest priority in business is to create content that is helpful for you. I recently created a survey for my listeners and readers to help me …

A Shockingly Simple Way to Connect with Influencers

February 17th, 2020

4:56

At every stage of our careers and our lives, we need the help of other people with influence, opportunities, or connections.

But the question is: How do we create more of those connections with influential people? There …

Delivering WOW to Your Audience (with Dr. Anissa Holmes)

February 14th, 2020

36:59

Have you ever wondered how to engage your readers, audience, or clients on a deeper level? 

I’m joined on this episode by Dr. Anissa Holmes, a leader …

11 Ways to Get Fast Feedback on an Idea

February 12th, 2020

19:33

We writers tend to have a lot of ideas. Which is a great thing!

But this wellspring of ideas also presents a problem: how do we know which ones are …

Save 3 Hours Per Week with These Calendar Automations

February 10th, 2020

10:44

Have you ever thought about what your time is worth?

As a business leader, entrepreneur, you know your time is valuable. It is your most precious resource. You can never get it back.

In this episode, I'll share three …

Grow Your Audience Through Large Publications (with Kimanzi Constable)

February 7th, 2020

48:55

140: Grow Your Audience Through Large Publications (with Kimanzi Constable)

 

There are endless ways you can leverage your writing and knowledge to grow your audience and serve more people. One of the most effective …

Redefine Success Pt. 4 - Reframe Your Failures

February 6th, 2020

8:55

It’s a deceptively simple question: How do you measure your success?

We usually measure our success by comparing ourselves to others. Here’s the problem with this approach: If we’re doing better than them, we get …

Redefine Success Pt. 3 - Celebrate Your Progress

February 5th, 2020

8:01

It’s a deceptively simple question: How do you measure your success?

We usually measure our success by comparing ourselves to others. Here’s the problem with this approach: If we’re doing better than them, we get …

Redefine Success Pt. 2 - Complete a Project

February 4th, 2020

6:39

It’s a deceptively simple question: How do you measure your success?

We usually measure our success by comparing ourselves to others. Here’s the problem with this approach: If we’re doing better than them, we get …

Redefine Success Pt. 1 - Track Your Metrics

February 3rd, 2020

6:48

It’s a deceptively simple question: How do you measure your success?

We usually measure our success by comparing ourselves to others. Here’s the problem with this approach: If we’re doing better than them, we get …

How to Leverage Podcast Interviews to Build Your Brand (with Millette Jones)

January 31st, 2020

50:29

As a writer and content creator, you have amazing opportunities to share your message and impact people’s lives. You can do this through a blog, book, podcast, YouTube channel, speaking, and so many other ways.

But did …

Easy Email Tips Pt. 4 - Add a Drop of Grace

January 30th, 2020

6:45

Email is all about relationships. Every time we send an email, there is a human being on the other side of that message.

For that reason, email is one of the most important things we write for our business and …

Easy Email Tips Pt. 3 - Never Send an Angry Message

January 29th, 2020

8:06

Email is all about relationships. Every time we send an email, there is a human being on the other side of that message.

For that reason, email is one of the most important things we write for our business and …

Easy Email Tips Pt. 2 - Craft an Intriguing Subject Line

January 28th, 2020

7:52

Email is all about relationships. Every time we send an email, there is a human being on the other side of that message.

For that reason, email is one of the most important things we write for our business and …

Easy Email Tips Pt. 1 - Follow the 24-Rule

January 27th, 2020

9:41

Email is all about relationships. Every time we send an email, there is a human being on the other side of that message.

For that reason, email is one of the most important things we write for our business and …

Smart Social Media Marketing (with Tricia Prues)

January 24th, 2020

36:48

Most of us feel stressed out by social media marketing. We wonder whether we’re using it correctly, sharing our content enough, or even using the right platforms to begin with.

I’m thrilled that my guest today is here …

10 Different Ways to Repurpose Your Content

January 22nd, 2020

19:55

As I’m recording this, I can look out my office window and see my silver 2002 Ford Ranger sitting in my driveway. It has over 200,000 miles on it. It’s been a great truck and I will probably continue to drive it until …

Be Thankful for Your Critics

January 20th, 2020

8:36

A few years ago, my wife Melanie was having dinner with a friend from her college days. She mentioned to this friend that I was working on a book. …

Every Problem is a Story Problem (with Jim Woods)

January 17th, 2020

44:21

What lens do you see the world through?

Some people see the world through the lens of politics. Some people see the world through the lens of sports. …

3 Ways Journaling Makes You a Better Writer

January 15th, 2020

10:22

I started keeping journals way back in 1992, when I was a college freshman. Since those days, I have filled boxes with journals where I’ve recorded …

The #1 Writing Lesson from Disney’s Star Wars Trilogy

January 13th, 2020

21:30

A few weeks ago I saw in a darkened theater with my son Ben. We were there to watch a movie I had been anticipating for two years: The Rise of Skywalker.

I enjoyed the movie, but let’s be honest: it was a mess. It was …

The Significance Factor (with Dr. Wayne Pernell)

January 10th, 2020

40:53

I was talking to a friend the other day, and he said, “I can’t believe it’s already the year 2020. It seems like it turned the year 2000 just …

7 Trends for Business Writers in 2020 (Part 2)

January 8th, 2020

12:07

In the last episode, we began looking at 7 trends for business writers in 2020. That episode began to get kind of long, so I decided to break it up into two episodes. If you haven’t gone back and listened to episode …

7 Trends for Business Writers in 2020 (Part 1)

January 6th, 2020

9:39

You’ve probably heard it said that there are two things in life that are certain: death and taxes. I’d like to add a third thing that is certain: constant change in the writing and publishing world.

Or, you might say …

Moving from Chaos to Clarity (with Marianne Renner)

January 3rd, 2020

37:28

I live in the Midwest—specifically, just outside St. Louis—and several months out of the year, we have cold mornings. Occasionally, I’ll forget to …

Introduction to Smart Business Writing

January 1st, 2020

25:35

Today is January 1, so happy New Year! It’s a great time for a fresh start. I don’t know what your 2019 was like but mine was honestly pretty bumpy. …

A Note About Previous Episodes

December 26th, 2019

1:32

Just a note: If you are listening to episodes from Jan. 1, 2020 and on, those episodes will be part of the Smart Business Writing podcast. But if you are listening to episodes before then, those will be part of the Born …

An Exciting New Podcast Direction!

December 19th, 2019

21:03

You probably saw that this episode is titled “An Exciting New Podcast Direction!” and wondering what that’s all about. I’m going to take a few minutes here on this episode and share with you how this podcast will be …

How to Choose a Career Path

December 12th, 2019

7:44

On this episode, I answer a question sent in by Francis:

Thank you so much for your mails, they're really inspiring. Basically, I'm having …

How to Make Your Creative Work a Priority

December 5th, 2019

4:32

On this episode, I answer a question sent in by Brian Mays:

Priority is a challenge for me. I am creative in my day job, but I'd love to shift what I'm doing as a professional creative to something a bit more niche. …

Building a Consistent Creative Habit

November 28th, 2019

6:16

On this episode, I answer a question sent in by Craig Harmann:

How do I build (or rebuild) habits that keep me consistent in being creative?

To read …

3 Marketing Tips for Writers

November 21st, 2019

6:59

On this episode, I answer a question sent in by Catherine Hackman:

Do you have any tips for marketing or how to build a platform?

To read the full …

Balancing Work, Leisure & Creativity

November 14th, 2019

3:20

On this episode, I answer a question sent in by Mark Revisky: 

What is the balance between work, leisure, and creative endeavors? Many times my …

How to Decide Which Project to Work on Next

November 7th, 2019

5:18

On this episode, I answer a question sent in by Jessica Ghigliotti:

How do you decide which project to work on next? I have running documents for …

How to Handle Criticism

October 31st, 2019

7:34

On this episode, I answer a question sent in by Jacqueline: 

Someone has given me unsolicited criticism about a video I put on Facebook. They had …

The Act of Creating vs. the Business of Creating

October 24th, 2019

4:40

On this episode, I answer a question sent in by Michael Rogers:

What about juggling the act of creating with the business of creating. How do I live in that tension where I don't get so focused on one that I ignore the …

Does Creativity Have to Be Faith-Related?

October 17th, 2019

6:22

On today’s episode, I answer a question sent in by Erica Stevens:

Does your creativity have to be in ministry or faith related form? Does anyone feel guilty for using their creative gifts in non-church/ministry related …

How to Make Creativity a Habit

October 10th, 2019

3:56

On this episode, I answer a question sent in by Mark Revisky:

How do we incorporate creativity into a habit, as in, how often should I make it a …

Thinking Like an Artist Entrepreneur (with Catherine Orer)

October 3rd, 2019

37:52

When I talk about this podcast or about the materials I create, the phrase I use most often use to describe my audience is “creative entrepreneur.” It refers to someone who is building a business with their creative …

Songwriting, Performance & Creative Collaboration (with Joe Banua)

September 26th, 2019

56:47

One of the reasons I do a podcast is to deliver value to my listeners. I love the opportunity to create content and help improve people’s lives, businesses, and creative work.

But I have to be honest: there is also a …

Stop Overthinking Everything (with Andy Storch)

September 19th, 2019

44:46

One of the many benefits of doing a podcast is that you get to talk to lots of amazing people. I learn something from every single guest. I come away …

The Surprising Truth About Your Spiritual Health (with Chad Jarnagin)

September 12th, 2019

43:41

Today’s guest is here to help us slow down and find the center. His name is Chad Jarnagin, and he is an ordained priest in the Anglican Communion, as well as an artist and writer. He’s the author of the fantastic new …

Creative Lessons from a Sculptor (with Christopher Howes)

September 5th, 2019

42:01

When I was a kid, I played with action figures all the times. It was mostly Star Wars figures and other superheroes. As an adult, and especially as a …

Lessons from the Murder Mystery Company (with Scott Cramton)

August 29th, 2019

37:09

When I was in high school, I was heavily involved in school plays and musicals. Although I don’t talk about it much here on the show, I have always …

Design, Innovation & Product Development (with Chris Bray) 

August 22nd, 2019

51:44

Have you ever looked around at the products you use in your everyday life and wondered, “How did this get created?” It’s a question many people ask, as evidenced by TV shows such as “How It’s Made,” and the many YouTube …

How to Optimize Your Performance (with Mitch Swergold)

August 15th, 2019

56:14

What do you think of when you hear the word “optimize”? Do you think of a robot or some kind of mechanical system? Does it bring to mind some kind of …

The Life-Changing Power of Mindset (with Cliff Ravenscraft)

August 8th, 2019

1:48:26

This episode marks a milestone for a couple of different reasons. First, it’s my longest episode ever! And second, it’s episode #100! 

This is by far my longest episode, and for good reason: I was engrossed in a …

Understanding Color Theory (with Melissa AuClair)

August 1st, 2019

42:10

When it comes to the creative arts, one of my favorite topics is color theory. Did you know that colors represent different ideas and themes? …

22.5 Reflections on My 45th Birthday

July 26th, 2019

58:40

Today I turn 45 years old. It’s hard to believe.

I remember being a kid in the 1980’s and thinking, “I’ll be 26 years old in the year 2000!” I …

Exploring Multiple Intelligences (with Carrie Naglak)

July 25th, 2019

43:11

What does it mean to be “intelligent”? We typically define intelligence in terms of intellectual ability, as evidenced by grades, IQ, or other …

How to Be a Creative Communicator (with Nikomas Perez)

July 18th, 2019

1:01:10

One of the most important skills you can develop is good communication. It doesn’t matter whether you are a writer, painter, dancer, videographer, or any of a hundred other areas of creative work. You will always need …

Freelance to Freedom (with Vincent Pugliese)

July 11th, 2019

50:12

Have you ever wondered what true creative freedom looks like? People may define “freedom” differently, but for many of us, freedom means being able to do what you want to do, when you want to do it. 

My guest today, …

Step into Your Creative Authority (with Ginger Moran)

July 4th, 2019

1:03:13

Have you ever noticed that a high percentage of artists and creative types are passive and “too nice”? Maybe it’s because we don’t want to appear aggressive. Maybe it’s because we feel paralyzed by too many options. …

Secrets of Storytelling (with Shane Wood)

June 27th, 2019

1:09:13

When you hear the word “storyteller,” what do you think? Maybe the first image that comes to mind is a group of people sitting around a campfire, …

How to Write a Novel (with Amber Royer)

June 20th, 2019

1:08:08

Over the years, I’ve heard the statistic that 8 out of 10 people want to write a book. Based on many conversations about writing, it’s probably true. Nearly everybody feels they have a book in them, and many of those …

Diversity, Empathy & Creativity (with Heather Fleming)

June 13th, 2019

1:08:50

Many of the episodes of this podcast are more light-hearted thematically. We often talk about writing, the arts, curiosity, and related topics. This episode is a little different because I decided to dive into the topic …

Developing a da Vinci Mindset (with Kenny Aronson)

June 6th, 2019

49:45

Sometimes we make creativity and personal growth more complicated than it needs to be. Although there are countless systems, courses, books, and other resources to help us reach our creative potential, it all begins …

How to Boost Your Energy (with Julian Hayes)

May 30th, 2019

1:07:25

When you think about your creative output, do you ever wonder what is preventing you from producing more? For many of us, the #1 reason we would give …

Say YES to the Possibilities (with Tricia Brouk)

May 23rd, 2019

51:56

As kids, we hear the word “No” constantly from other people. But when we become adults, it’s easy to get into the habit of “No” to ourselves. Why is …

Secrets to Earning Your True Value (with Dan McPherson)

May 16th, 2019

58:56

As a creative or artist, have you ever struggled with business? Do you love to create, but don’t like messing with the business side of things? Would …

The Courage to Let Go (with Stephanie Winslow)

May 9th, 2019

1:04:54

Have you ever noticed that some of the most important things we do in life are counterintuitive? They go against our human nature and feel uncomfortable to us.

Our guest on this episode is Stephanie Winslow, and she is …

Why You Need a Creative Community (with Jennifer Harshman)

May 2nd, 2019

51:01

It’s tempting to think of the creative life as a solitary endeavor. We picture an artist standing at an easel, a musician playing in a studio, or a …

Your Memories Make You Who You Are (with Casey Tygrett)

April 25th, 2019

1:10:03

Think about this simple yet complex question: What is the source of your identity as a person? Is it your DNA? Your family name? Your personality, talents, titles, or achievements?

My guest today gives us a surprising …

Redefining Wealth & Living Purposefully (with Deborah Meyer)

April 18th, 2019

50:46

When you hear the word “wealthy,” what image comes to mind? Do you picture someone living in a huge mansion on a hill, surrounded by butlers? Does the word “wealthy” create a negative picture when you hear it? Are there …

How to Navigate the Messy Middle (with Stephanie O'Brien-Martin)

April 11th, 2019

57:50

Do you ever feel like you’re caught between where you are and where you want to be? Are you frustrated because you see your potential, but you feel stuck in the present moment with no clear way forward? If so, you will …

The Power of Hope (with Abdi Warsame)

April 4th, 2019

36:18

One of the biggest needs of the human spirit is to have hope in the midst of difficult situations. Our guest today, Abdi Warsame, is a survivor of …

Taking Control of Your Destiny (with Eric Elder)

March 28th, 2019

52:40

What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? At its core, it’s all about control. The whole idea of entrepreneurship is about taking control instead of …

Storytelling, Imagination & Invention (with Manuel Luz)

March 21st, 2019

54:57

In her excellent book Walking on Water, the author Madeleine L’Engle wrote, "Jesus was not a theologian. He was God who told stories.” Storytelling …

Worship: The Foundation of Your Creative Life (with Aric Marshall)

March 14th, 2019

44:45

Creativity is a multi-faceted and multi-dimensional topic. Yet at the end of the day, we operate by one simple truth: God is ultimately the source of …

Making Your Creative Work a Priority (with Karen Briscoe)

March 7th, 2019

47:37

Let’s begin with a riddle: When is the perfect time to make your creative work a priority? Answer: There is no perfect time. Life is messy, and if we put off our important creative work until the “right time,” that time …

Helping Your Kids Be More Creative (with Joseph Roth)

February 28th, 2019

40:29

Most of the time on this show, we focus on helping you be a better creative entrepreneur. Today we are turning the tables and talking about how we can help our kids be more creative. We have the privilege and …

Don’t Forget to Feed Your Creative Soul (with Alice Perrey)

February 21st, 2019

42:08

As artists and entrepreneurs, we face the constant struggle of how to best use our time. We not only want to produce great creative work, we also have jobs, families, customers or clients, church and community …

Finding Clarity and Getting Unstuck (with Steve Woodruff)

February 14th, 2019

57:20

Imagine that you and I are having coffee together, and I looked across the table at you and said, “Give me a clear summary of what you do in 1-2 …

The Courage to Be Your Authentic Self (with Jeni Voss)

February 7th, 2019

43:32

We become artists for a variety of reasons. Many of us, perhaps even most of us, are drawn to the stage because we want to escape from ourselves. But what if becoming an artist was all about the journey to discover your …

The Creative Benefits of Owning a Dog (with Faye Ruch)

January 31st, 2019

33:30

I recently read that around 68% of U.S. households own a pet, which includes 60 millions households that own a dog. If you don’t own a dog, I’m sure …

Productivity for Artists & Creatives (with Adrian Shepherd)

January 24th, 2019

52:15

One of the key questions we ask ourselves as artists is, “How can I be more productive?” We all want the ability to produce more writing, music, art, or other creative work. But how do we actually do it? Are there …

Transform Your Life with the Enneagram (with Teresa McCloy)

January 17th, 2019

49:59

How well do you truly know yourself? If you and I were really honest, we would have to admit we probably don’t know ourselves as well as we think. …

Why You Should Write a Book (with Eric Elder)

January 10th, 2019

54:04

It’s been said that over 80% of people want to write a book. However, there is a big difference between wanting to write and actually doing it. If you ever wanted to write a book but aren’t sure how it can benefit your …

Health, Fitness, Keto & Creativity (with Jessie Conley)

January 3rd, 2019

32:25

This is the first week of 2019, so it’s very likely that you are thinking about changes you want to make in your life. If your goal is get healthier, more fit, or lose weight in 2019, this episode is for you. Today’s …

My 2018 Annual Review & 2019 Goals

January 1st, 2019

20:36

For as long as I can remember, I have set aside time at the end of December, or early January, to reflect on the previous year. However, it’s usually been somewhat of a haphazard process with no real direction. Over the …

Why You Should Read Classic Literature (with Anne Sheridan)

December 27th, 2018

51:32

When you hear the term “classic literature,” what comes to mind? Most people think of books that were written by a bunch of dead white guys and wonder how they are relevant to us today. Today’s guest will help you …

What if George Bailey Had Dared to Dream Bigger?

December 25th, 2018

4:08

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is a heartwarming story of redemption that keeps our interest with a lot of twists and turns. But what if we add a twist of …

Chasing Dreams in a Minivan (with Zech Newman)

December 20th, 2018

53:24

A dream is like a knife. It’s very powerful when you use it the right way. But if you’re careless with it, you can do a lot of harm to yourself and …

How to Embrace a New Dream ... and Let Go of the Old One

December 18th, 2018

11:12

A number of years ago, the country group Rascal Flatts released a song called “These Days.” It tells the story of a guy in a small town who …

Should You Start a Podcast? (with Steve Stewart)

December 13th, 2018

54:45

I started listening to podcasts around 2006, when podcasting was still in its infancy. Now, well over ten years later, podcasting has exploded in …

Are You Pushing These 3 Boundaries as a Writer?

December 11th, 2018

9:19

In 2008, I almost got a Warner Bros. employee fired.   One day, a friend of mine from church called. He said a friend of his, John, had a daughter, Becky, who worked for Warner Bros. (John and Becky are not their real …

Learning to Ask Better Questions (with Dan Drake)

December 6th, 2018

49:01

It seems like we spend the first part of our lives learning to give all the correct answers. But what if the creative journey was less about giving the right answers and more about asking better questions? Today’s guest …

3 Ways to Unleash Your Creativity

December 4th, 2018

5:50

I don’t know about you, but I often overthink the creative process. Sometimes we need a guide who can help us simplify things so we can get some traction and make forward progress. 

In this post, Michael S. Rogers

Finding Hope in the Midst of Mental Illness (with Chris Morris)

November 29th, 2018

42:57

Today’s episode is a little different because we are tackling a heavy topic: mental illness. It’s an issue that affects all of us in one way or another. If you haven’t personally struggled with some type of mental …

Why Every Author Needs an Editor (with Blake Atwood)

November 22nd, 2018

58:12

Someone once said that it takes a village to raise a child. If it’s also true that it takes a village to write a book, one of the most important villagers is the editor. 

On today’s episode, I talk with a good friend …

The Future of Education (with Don Sanders)

November 15th, 2018

41:12

For many years, “education” meant sitting at a desk in a classroom, listening to a teacher give a lecture. Today that is no longer the case. The …

How to Tell Stories Like Jesus (with Doug Phillips)

November 8th, 2018

49:42

As an artist and a creative, one of the most valuable skills you can learn is how to engage people with storytelling. Stories are the way we process information and make sense of the world around us. I’m excited today …

How to Finish Your Book (with Jim Woods)

November 1st, 2018

37:51

Have you ever felt discouraged because you started writing a book but didn’t finish it? If so, you’re not alone. Many writers, myself included, have started writing a book … only to later abandon it.

Today’s guest helps …

Creative Freedom Through Debt-Free Living (with Jared Latigo)

October 25th, 2018

44:55

What does it mean to have creative freedom in your life? And what’s more, how do you get it? Our guest shows us how he and his family followed a …

How Ghostwriting Works (with Nick Pavlidis)

October 18th, 2018

53:35

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a ghostwriter? It’s a mysterious part of the writing industry that, by definition, remains hidden from view much of the time.

Fortunately, our guest today helps shed some …

A Re-Introduction to the Born to Create Podcast

October 11th, 2018

16:49

I’m excited about the re-launch of the Born to Create Podcast, and honored that you’re taking some time to read this post and listen to the episode. I call this a “re-launch” because the first version of Born to Create

Do You Need a Sabbatical?

June 20th, 2017

11:09

The concept of a sabbatical has nearly been lost in our modern culture. Our technology allows us to stay connected 24/7, and many of us can do our …

10 Leadership Books That Will Help You Become a Better Artist

June 15th, 2017

11:05

One of the core principles that guide my life is the value of learning from different disciplines. All the great creative minds in history drew from various areas of study that informed and enhanced their thinking.

If …

An Artist's Manifesto

June 13th, 2017

10:49

A number of years ago, I sat down in my son’s bedroom late at night after he fell asleep. I was in my mid-30’s and intensely discouraged.

As I began to pour out my thoughts, they took shape as a manifesto. I included …

How to Create High-Quality Images for Your Blog Posts

June 8th, 2017

5:27

I’ll be honest: one of my least favorite aspects of blogging is creating images. Graphic design has never been my strong suit, so selecting and …

Will Your Art Outlive You? (A Lesson from Gothic Cathedrals)

June 6th, 2017

10:46

I’ve always been drawn to Gothic cathedrals. These medieval works of art represent one of the pinnacles of human ingenuity and creativity. The …

10 Career Questions for Creative Entrepreneurs (+ a Free Assessment)

June 1st, 2017

28:12

As a creative entrepreneur, you have an endless number of career choices available to you today. These options can be a real blessing or a real curse.

They can be a blessing because you can tailor-fit your creative work …

3 Reasons to Join the Summer Creative Challenge

May 30th, 2017

5:48

Do you ever feel like your New Year’s goals are a distant memory by the time summer arrives?

Me, too. Guilty as charged. There has been more than one summer when I’ve resigned myself to failure and said, “Eh, it’s too …

How I Survived A Recent Bout Of Depression

May 25th, 2017

17:22

I have been dealing with depression since my late 20’s. I’m now 42, so this has been an ongoing battle with a demon that will be lurking in the shadows until I die.

A couple of months ago I went through a wave of …

How to Use Systems to Stay Motivated and Productive

May 23rd, 2017

12:12

Do you ever have trouble staying motivated and productive in your creative life?

If so, you’re definitely not alone! My friend Cary recently sent me a question that expressed what many of us feel sometimes. He says:

I …

7 Little Lies Jealousy Whispers in Your Ear

May 18th, 2017

7:45

Not too long ago, I was talking with a friend about the success his and his family were having. He had just received a promotion at work and a substantial bump in compensation. His wife had also gotten a new job and was …

I Was Rejected Last Week, and Here's What I Learned

May 16th, 2017

10:05

A few weeks ago I spoke to a friend about a creative opportunity. I thought I had a good shot at being accepted for it, but then my friend called me back. I was not going to be considered for the opportunity.

At first, …

5 Ways to Avoid Workplace Drama

May 11th, 2017

6:51

Relationships are the glue that holds society together. If we’re going to succeed in our families, work, and creative lives, we must know how to …

How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up

May 9th, 2017

8:05

One of Aesop’s best-known fables is The Tortoise and the Hare. The hare challenges the tortoise to a race, confident he will win by a long shot. The race begins and the hare gets so far ahead of the tortoise that he …

The Surprising Connection Between Art & Farming

May 4th, 2017

6:37

On the surface, it may appear like artists and farmers have nothing to with each other. But if we look at the process of farming, there is a lot you can learn about becoming a more effective and influential artist.

In …

The Beginner's Guide to Choosing an Acoustic Guitar

May 2nd, 2017

10:04

I have been teaching guitar for over twenty years. Despite the wide variety of students I’ve taught, they’ve all had one thing in common: they needed to find the right guitar to suit their needs.

All guitars are not …

3 Simple Ways to Stand Out as a Creative Professional

April 27th, 2017

6:56

How do you stand out as a creative professional? Is it a matter of being cheaper and faster than your competition? Do you need to be a genius or super-talented?

The answer is simpler than it seems.

In this episode, …

7 Life Lessons I've Learned from My Students

April 25th, 2017

8:32

This month, April 2017, marks the end of my thirteenth year as a Professor at St. Louis Christian College in Florissant, Missouri. Over these years, …

The Parents' Guide to Developing Creative Kids

April 20th, 2017

9:01

As parents, what do we truly want for our kids? Beyond being happy and healthy, we also want them to grow into people who can make a positive …

10 Simple Ways to Be More Creative

April 18th, 2017

9:34

We all know developing our creativity is vital to our success. But with our busy lives, it’s easy to put creativity on the back burner because it may seem too complicated and time-consuming.

In this episode, you’ll …

Case Study: How I Chose My Next Book Project

April 13th, 2017

13:17

In the previous episode, I outlined four questions you can use to help decide which creative projects to pursue. These questions are filters to keep you focused on the right projects. They will also help you avoid the …

How to Choose Your Next Creative Project

April 11th, 2017

12:19

My friend Mark Revisky sent in a question recently: He wrote, “I am at a creative roadblock. I have completed my memoir and a play, but I don’t know what to do next. A book, another play, a fictional story? How do I …

Book Review: 'The Successful Author Mindset' is a Shot of Adrenaline for the Writer's Soul

April 6th, 2017

4:46

What is the key to being a successful author? Is it talent? Marketing? Great ideas? Writing a lot of books? While those are all important, I’ve just …

An Open Letter to Everyone Who Hates Their Church's Music

April 4th, 2017

13:53

I had an interesting conversation with someone recently about a hypothetical situation: what if a sincere, devoted Christian legitimately can’t stand …

Whatever Happened to Singing in Church? Part 5: Musical Factors

March 30th, 2017

10:51

Are worship songs too complicated these days? How does the key of a song affect its “singability” in church? What lessons can we learn about worship songs from Chris Tomlin’s “How Great is Our God”?

These are some of …

Whatever Happened to Singing in Church? Part 4: Leadership Factors

March 28th, 2017

13:52

How has the role of the worship leader changed over the last 10-15 years? Is the struggle between authentic worship and entertainment a new …

Whatever Happened to Singing in Church? Part 3: Environmental Factors

March 23rd, 2017

7:29

How do sound, lighting, and video impact people’s participation in worship? Why is it important for a church to invest in good equipment and training …

Whatever Happened to Singing in Church? Part 2: Cultural Factors

March 21st, 2017

9:41

How do art and music programs in public schools affect worship in the church? How does pursuing excellence in worship impact those who aren’t …

Whatever Happened to Singing in Church? Part 1: Foundations

March 16th, 2017

8:50

One of the most important ways that we express ourselves creatively is by worshiping in song with a faith community. Singing is the oldest, and still …

How to Be Content in the Midst of the Struggle

March 14th, 2017

6:56

If you’ve ever traveled in a car with kids, you have probably heard the question, “Are we there yet?” But it’s not only kids who have trouble …

Great Artists of the Bible, Part 1: God

March 9th, 2017

10:09

Do you ever feel like your art is in a separate “box” from the rest of your life? Maybe you feel a disconnect between your art and your church … …

What “Hamilton” Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Taught Me About Valuing People

March 7th, 2017

7:59

I am a huge fan of “Hamilton,” the smash Broadway musical created by Lin-Manual Miranda. “Hamilton” won 11 Tony awards in 2016 and has been the most talked-about musical in decades. It’s one of the greatest works of art …

Book Review: ‘Save the Cat’ Will Make You a Better Storyteller

March 2nd, 2017

6:24

As creatives, it’s important for us to understand why and how stories work. A great place to begin is by studying screenwriting. You may not consider yourself a writer, or don’t plan on writing a screenplay. Even so, …

3 Ways ‘La La Land’ Will Ignite Your Creativity

February 28th, 2017

7:19

La La Land was one of the most well-known movies featured at this year’s Academy Awards. It’s a bright, inventive film that takes place in modern-day …

5 Steps to Declutter Your Workspace

February 23rd, 2017

8:13

Most of the time, we don’t give a lot of attention to organizing our workspace. But it’s worth setting it up for maximum efficiency since this is where you create your art and do your work. When you work in an …

An Open Letter to Artists Struggling with Jealousy

February 21st, 2017

12:31

When we see other creative people who are successful, it’s difficult not to feel jealous. The question foremost in our minds is, “Why do they have …

4 Unusual Ways To Get More Writing Done

February 16th, 2017

7:35

Most of us dream of having large blocks of time we can use to think and write. For most of us, this dream rarely becomes a reality. Most of us lead very busy lives filled with jobs, family commitments, and church or …

How to Juggle Multiple Projects Without Losing Your Mind

February 14th, 2017

7:18

One of my readers, who is a college student, recently sent this email:

"With all these different things I want to do and hope to achieve, I sometimes …

What I Learned from 3 Embarrassing Business Failures

February 9th, 2017

11:20

After many years of feeling guilty for my mistakes, I am finally learning to see my failures as stepping-stones to success. Some of my biggest …

4 Ways to Get Unstuck and Start Creating Again

February 7th, 2017

6:59

I recently sat down with an artist friend of mine to see how she was doing. Diane was feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities. She longed to have …

How to Make Time for Your Art: Track Your Time

February 2nd, 2017

7:44

One of the biggest frustrations for artists is a lack of time to create. Despite having access to devices and technology that are supposed to save us …

A Simple 5-Step System for Reaching Your Creative Goals

January 31st, 2017

8:37

We are almost into February now, but the idea of goals is still on many people’s minds. January has come and gone, but it’s never too late to think about what you want to accomplish in the coming year.

In this episode, …

4 Ways Gratitude Can Change Your Day … and Your Life

January 26th, 2017

6:11

Sometimes the little things in life can make a huge difference. Over the last few months, I have been making more of an effort to integrate a habit of gratitude into my daily life, and it’s had a profound impact on my …

Are You Afraid of Success?

January 24th, 2017

9:15

I recently launched a new Facebook group called Born to Create. When I asked the group to share a problem or struggle they are currently dealing with, one of the members said, “The number one fight is definitely fear. …

4 Ways That Clarity Benefits Your Creative Life

January 19th, 2017

5:58

One of the hardest things for any creative person to do is set limitations. We like to be free spirits, unchained and unhindered by any limiting factors. That’s what being creative is all about, right?

Actually, the …

What Tony Bennett Taught Me About Making Excellent Art

January 17th, 2017

6:47

Every artist wants to make excellent art. No one ever sets out on the creative journey and says, “I only want to be known for making mediocre art.” We all want to create art that makes a difference.

In this episode, we …

The Real Reason You Feel Stressed Out, Confused, and Overcommitted

January 12th, 2017

7:47

Do you ever feel stressed out, confused, or overcommitted? Yeah, me too! We may point to busy schedules, too much work, or conflicting priorities as …

4 Questions to Help You Stop Drifting and Start Focusing

January 10th, 2017

11:03

There are many reasons we start to “drift” in our creative lives: being too busy, feeling overwhelmed, not having clarity, or just being tired. …

10 Movies That Will Inspire Your New Year

January 5th, 2017

17:00

The beginning of another year is a great time to think about a fresh start. Many of us will set goals to improve our lives or achieve greater success. There is nothing quite like a great movie to inspire us to achieve …

The 5 Cups of Creativity

January 3rd, 2017

11:52

Over the past few years, I’ve been on a search to understand more about the barriers that keep us from being more creative. The more I studied some of the world’s most creative people, the more I began to see that there …

4 Convictions About Creativity That Drive Everything I Do

January 1st, 2017

8:12

Creativity is embedded into every part of our lives—relationships, career, faith and spirituality, the arts, education, health and wellness, and so many others. There is no aspect of our lives that creativity cannot …

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