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On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Tough Questions About Real Artists Don’t Starve

Tough Questions About Real Artists Don't Starve

You can’t write a book called “Real Artists Don’t Starve” and not expect a reaction. If you try to write for everyone, no one will pay attention. With my latest book, readers are asking some tough questions.

This week on The Portfolio Life, Andy Traub rejoins us to cohost this special episode as I sit in the hot seat to answer a few pointed and insightful questions about Real Artists Don’t Starve, the myth of the starving artist, the steps it takes to thrive as a creative, and the rules of New Renaissance.

154: Vocation and Identity: Interview with Dan Cumberland

154: Your Calling is Not a Cage: Interview with Dan Cumberland

It’s really frustrating when you don’t enjoy your calling or you struggle to find your calling in the first place. Sadly, many of us have been thinking about calling all wrong.

Some people talk about missing their calling and continue to go through the motions of life until they take the aching in their heart to the grave.

153: Why Meaningful Work Automatically Attracts an Audience: Interview with Mark Frauenfelder

153: Why Meaningful Work Automatically Attracts an Audience: Interview with Mark Frauenfelder

One of the biggest challenges any creative faces is what to make and who to make it for. How do you determine if an idea is a good fit for you, or if anyone will pay attention long enough to buy it?

Being a full-time writer doesn’t necessarily equate to writing “full-time”. I don’t sit at my desk for eight hours every week day and pound away at the keyboard writing books and blog posts. There’s a bit more complexity to running a successful blog, launching books, and operating a digital business.

152: The Truth Behind Finding Luck: Interview with Brett Kelly

152: The Truth Behind Finding Luck: Interview with Brett Kelly

People start writing for all kinds of reasons. Fame, fortune, boredom, or another hobby they’ll quit in three weeks. But sometimes, a person writes for something more. They write for freedom.

Most of us want freedom from something. Our past, a bad habit, a toxic relationship, a dull day job, or even the distractions we let keep us from writing.

151: Leveraging the Power of SEO to Sell Your Books on Amazon: Interview with Dave Chesson

151: How to Validate Your Book Idea: Interview with Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur

A few years ago, I was speaking a conference and a woman came up to me afterwards asking for advice about a book she wanted to publish. Not being familiar with her genre, I asked if there were any other books on the subject. Her answer scared me.

“None,” she said. “There are no books out there like this. This is a completely original idea.”

Why would this scare me?