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Seth Godin // Author, We Are All Weird

How I Used Writing to Heal My Depression Without Taking Drugs

You might think that writers are naturally inclined to use writing as therapy. But that’s not always the case.

023: What Unfinished Projects Teach Us About Our Life’s Work [Podcast]

picture of unfinished street painting

This essay is an unedited excerpt from my upcoming book, The Art of Work, which comes out next March. Here are three stories about unfinished projects and what they can teach us.

Why We All Need Journeys

Road Trip Photo

I began my adult life as a traveler; in many ways, travel has made me who I am today. I think we all could learn to see our lives more as a journey than a destination. We would be better for it.

022: How to Succeed as a Writer in an Era of Change [Podcast]

Recently, I heard that the word literally no longer means what it used to mean. This bothers me, but that’s the way language goes — it’s always evolving. In this week’s podcast, we discuss the constant state of flux in the writing world and how to survive the changes.

How to Write a Book: The 5-Draft Method

Not too long ago, a friend asked me to read his book. He’d written a rough draft and wasn’t quite sure what to do with it after that. After reading it and making some notes, I explained how writing a book involves five different drafts. He was surprised to hear that. Most people are.

If You Stop Writing Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

If You Stop Writing Now, You’ll Hate Yourself Later

When I was younger I played the trombone, but I didn’t really get it. I had friends who got it. You could tell orchestral music did something for them. I wanted to like it, I just didn’t. Perhaps that’s why I was always just a mediocre trombone player. I hated practicing my scales; that I remember.

021: How a Photographer Built an Online Business, One Relationship at a Time [Podcast]

021: David Molnar: How Intentionality, Determination, and Heart Built His Business One Relationship at a Time [Podcast]

At 19 years old, David Molnar had plans. But in one moment, a horrible car accident turned his world upside down.

His college athletic scholarship, his dream to be an airline pilot? Gone. He had to find a Plan B.

“Write Drunk, Edit Sober” Is Bad Advice

Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway never wrote drunk. Despite the quote being misattributed to him, the famous author apparently never said, “Write drunk, edit sober.” And if he did say it, he certainly didn’t practice what he preached.

One Habit That Will Help You Get Healthier, Create Better Art, & Live a Happier Life

The other day, I woke up early, got into my workout clothes, and did the worst thing ever. I checked email. An hour later, I had to peel my fingers from the keyboard and get dressed for work. I was out of time.

But that’s not exactly true. The truth is I had about ten minutes left before I had to start moving. So I had a choice…

020: Navigating the Maze to Become a Full-Time Writer: Interview with Margaret Roach [Podcast]

020: Navigating the Maze to Become a Full-Time Writer: Interview with Margaret Roach [Podcast]

The path to becoming a full time writer isn’t always a straight one. Sometimes your career will wind through a maze of experience. Are you determined enough to persevere?