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What do you pay attention to? How do I determine what's worthy of my limited attention? It’s the questions every human asks at some point, and the questions we MUST ask, to thrive in this one precious life.

And it’s these types of questions (and more), we want to wrestle with on The Art of Paying Attention.

We believe the work of paying attention is not optional, and something we all must learn to do well. The poet Mary Oliver said, "To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”

Every week, we'll consider this endless, and proper work, of paying attention. What do we see? What are we learning? WHAT or WHO needs MORE attention? Join writer, creator, teacher, and accidental entrepreneur, Ryan J. Pelton, as he explores with others, the essential Art of Paying Attention.

Most episodes feature an interview with a bonafide "attention-collector" working in the arenas of creativity, art, music, writing, publishing, entrepreneurship/business, and spirituality. Join in the conversation and learn to see with new eyes a world bursting with hints of hope. Often in the most unlikely places.

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The Art of Paying Attention Ryan J. Pelton

    • Arts
    • 4.6 • 82 Ratings

What do you pay attention to? How do I determine what's worthy of my limited attention? It’s the questions every human asks at some point, and the questions we MUST ask, to thrive in this one precious life.

And it’s these types of questions (and more), we want to wrestle with on The Art of Paying Attention.

We believe the work of paying attention is not optional, and something we all must learn to do well. The poet Mary Oliver said, "To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.”

Every week, we'll consider this endless, and proper work, of paying attention. What do we see? What are we learning? WHAT or WHO needs MORE attention? Join writer, creator, teacher, and accidental entrepreneur, Ryan J. Pelton, as he explores with others, the essential Art of Paying Attention.

Most episodes feature an interview with a bonafide "attention-collector" working in the arenas of creativity, art, music, writing, publishing, entrepreneurship/business, and spirituality. Join in the conversation and learn to see with new eyes a world bursting with hints of hope. Often in the most unlikely places.

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    TAOPA #002: Particulars, Universals, and the Pursuit of Wonder

    TAOPA #002: Particulars, Universals, and the Pursuit of Wonder

    In this episode, Ryan talks about finding truth in the most unexpected places. Why we find universality in the particular stories, experiences, and Truth all around us. Ryan also talks about wonder and why it’s essential to a deep life, and a deep life of art. 
    Mentioned in the Show:
    * Ryan’s essay:
    * Abraham Joshua Heschel book:   “I Asked for Wonder.”
    * Rick Rubin book: “The Creative Act: A Way of Being.” 
    * “Big” with Tom Hanks: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094737/
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    • 27 min
    TAOPA #001: Art, Activism, Creativity, and Faith

    TAOPA #001: Art, Activism, Creativity, and Faith

    In the first episode of The Art of Paying Attention Podcast, Ryan talks about the connection between art, activism, creativity, and faith. You can’t have one without the other. In every cultural moment addressing social injustice you find new art right around the corner. You also find new expressions of faith and spirituality.
    Mentioned in the Show:
    * Join the newsletter and never miss a beat:
    * Martin Luther King documentary “King in the Wilderness”: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7689960/
    * Shepard Fairey (Street Artist):
    https://obeygiant.com/
    * Corita Kent (Nun/Artist):
    https://www.corita.org/


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    • 25 min
    TPC #030: Steve Kidd on Writing Bestsellers

    TPC #030: Steve Kidd on Writing Bestsellers

    In this episode Ryan interviews author, business coach, and entrepreneur Steve Kidd. Steve is helping people get their books and voice into the world. Kidd has made hundreds of his clients bestselling authors. In this interview, Ryan and Steve explore the difficulty of writing, why certain books sell (and others don't), marketing for ordinary people, what Steve does for his clients, and much more.

    Mentioned in the Show:
    Free Gift from Steve: https://thrivingbestsellers.thrivecart.com/only-the-beginning/We Moved: join us on our new platform: https://ryanjpelton.substack.com/All the things: ryanjpelton.com Sign up for The Prolific Creator+ and get full access to the archives and weekly bonus content! https://plus.acast.com/s/the-prolific-creator.



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    • 55 min
    TPC #029: Troy Lambert on Plottr Software

    TPC #029: Troy Lambert on Plottr Software

    Do you plot, pants, or something in between when writing your books? On the show today is Troy Lambert the primary educator for Plottr Software. Troy is also a freelance writer, mystery author, multi-genre editor, and non-fiction author and ghostwriter as well, Troy has a wealth of experience and knowledge. In this episode, Ryan and Troy explore the difference between plotting, organic writing, and why it doesn't matter all that much. Troy is a prolific writer and shares his experience of writing 30+ novels, and how Plottr can help in the process. You can learn more about plottr here: https://plottr.com/: https://troylambertwrites.com/

    Mentioned on the Show:
    Find Troy Lambert here: https://troylambertwrites.com/The Daily Nudge Newsletter: https://www.ryanjpelton.com/newsletter/Leave a rating or review on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-prolific-creator/id1185387038

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    TPC #028: Deborah Smith on Healthy Living for the Creative

    TPC #028: Deborah Smith on Healthy Living for the Creative

    Deborah Smith earned a degree in holistic health coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2006 and opened her own vegan catering company, Green Pirate Juice, in 2007. Over those 15 years, Deborah had the privilege of serving and coaching thousands of New Yorkers and global clients through her programs and services.

    In this interview, Ryan and Deborah explore the benefits of healthy living for the creative, why diets don't work, what she learned during the Pandemic about health, entrepreneurship, and much more. You can find Deborah here: https://www.deborahcsmith.com/about

    Mentioned on the Show:
    Deborah's "no stress" holiday recipe pack: https://www.deborahcsmith.com/pl/2147549366Deborah's free/low cost classes for Fall/Winter: http://www.deborahcsmith.com/events Get 20% off any course or service by using promo code: BECREATIVESign up for The Daily Nudge (Ryan's newsletter): https://www.ryanjpelton.com/newsletter/

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    • 45 min
    TPC #027: Daniel Kraus on Writing About Hot Button Issues

    TPC #027: Daniel Kraus on Writing About Hot Button Issues

    DANIEL KRAUS is a New York Times bestselling author. His collaboration with legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, The Living Dead, was acclaimed by The New York Times and The Washington Post.

    With Guillermo del Toro, he co-authored The Shape of Water, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscar-winning film. Also with del Toro, Kraus co-authored Trollhunters, which was adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. Kraus’s The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch was named one of Entertainment Weekly‘s Top 10 Books of the Year. Kraus has won a Scribe Award, two Odyssey Awards (for both Rotters and Scowler) and has been a Library Guild selection, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bram Stoker finalist, and more.

    In this episode, Ryan and Daniel discuss the power of fiction to explore difficult issues, how Daniel researched his latest book Wrath, collaborative writing, and much more.

    Kraus’s work has been translated into over 20 languages. He lives with his wife in Chicago. Visit him at danielkraus.com. His latest book Wrath is available wherever you buy books. 
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    • 48 min

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Great Podcast for Writers

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