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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, conversations with notable writers and creatives, and teaching to help you take a deeper dive as a writer. Learn more at DailyWriterLife.com.

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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, conversations with notable writers and creatives, and teaching to help you take a deeper dive as a writer. Learn more at DailyWriterLife.com.

    What Have They Got That I Ain't Got?

    What Have They Got That I Ain't Got?

    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 heart, and every day feels like a battle for your courage. 
    That’s how the Cowardly Lion felt just before he and the rest of the gang went in to see the Wizard in Emerald City. In one of the best musical moments of the whole movie, he says, 
    What makes the elephant charge his tusk, in the misty mist or the dusky dusk? 
    What makes the muskrat guard his musk?
    What makes the Sphinx the seventh wonder?
    What makes the dawn come up like thunder?
    At the end of each line, the group says, “Courage!” Near the end of the song, the Cowardly Lion says, 
    What have they got that I ain’t got?
    And the answer, of course … is courage.
    On today's episode, Kent questions the conventional wisdom about not having courage ... and shares a powerful reminder to look at courage in a different way.
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    Half Full or Half Empty?

    Half Full or Half Empty?

    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 focus on what you lack. If your answer is that you’re a glass half full kind of person, it means you tend to focus on what you have.
    So the question is not about what’s inside the glass. The question is, what’s inside of you? It really comes down to how you see the world. It also affects how you perceive your writing and your potential for success. 
    On today's special Thanksgiving episode, Kent shares an important reminder to be grateful for all the blessings we have as writers.
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    • 3 min
    The Agony of an Untold Story

    The Agony of an Untold Story

    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 alone. Probably every writer can relate to spending more time thinking about a book than actually writing it.
    But why do we do this? Why do we spend so much time planning, dreaming, visualizing, worrying, fretting, and stressing over a book before we even commit a word to paper? What is it about writers that we spend so much energy living in our heads, but we can’t seem to translate that energy into our hands by taking action?
    On today's episode, Kent reminds us to look a little deeper if we are feeling creatively blocked.
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    • 2 min
    Are You Committed?

    Are You Committed?

    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 kitchen. If you are irritated at someone on social media, you can unfollow or even block them.
    But what about your relationship to your writing? 
    The concept of having a relationship with your writing may be new to you. Sometimes we view our writing as a task to be completed. If we approach our work like so many writers do, as a “tortured artist,” then our writing feels like an unbearable burden, a cross we have to carry.
    But writing is none of those things. It’s a privilege. A treasure. A responsibility. And an opportunity.
    On today's episode, Kent shares three simple ways to stay committed to your writing.
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    • 3 min
    The Gift of Failure

    The Gift of Failure

    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 readers all over the world. As the author of the Harry Potter series, she has achieved a level of fame and fortune that very few authors will know.
    But it wasn’t always that way. Just a handful of years before she published the first Harry Potter book, J.K. Rowling was a poor, jobless single mother who was fresh off a divorce. She had conceived of the idea for the Harry Potter series a few years earlier.
    Now at a low point in her life she never anticipated, she gave her full attention to her writing.
    On today's episode, Kent reminds us that the best gifts--including failure--often come in unexpected wrapping.
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    • 3 min
    Writers Roundtable: Getting Started as a Writer (with Eric Elder, Ashley Rescot & Mary Felkins)

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

    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 teaching episode on this topic, or having a single guest, I thought it would be fun to do a round-table discussion with a few of my writer friends to give different perspectives on getting started. This was so much fun that I've decided to do a monthly round-table format on different topics.
    I'm thrilled that three good friends have been able to join me for this conversation: Eric Elder is an online pastor, author, pianist, and music producer. Mary Felkins is a novelist who released her first book last year, and Ashley Rescot is a violinist, music teacher, and short story author. Of course each of these friends is much more, but that gives you a little context for what each of them brings to the table.
    In this conversation, we tackle some topics such as:
    What would you say to someone who believes they're not a good writer? How and where do get started? What was a failure you have experienced as a writer, and what did you learn from it? How do you stay on track with your writing? By the way, all four of us have been participants in an online Christian writers group that Eric has so graciously been leading for the past year. In this group, you'll learn things like how to get started writing, how to make a first draft, how to edit, how to format and upload to self publish on Amazon, how to approach traditional publishers, and so on. It’s all on TheRanch.org and you can click on the online Christian writers group to watch all the episodes.
    By the way, all four of us have been participants in an online Christian writers group that Eric has so graciously been leading for the past year. In this group, you'll learn things like how to get started writing, how to make a first draft, how to edit, how to format and upload to self publish on Amazon, how to approach traditional publishers, and so on. It’s all on TheRanch.org and you can click on the online Christian writers group to watch all the episodes.
    You can connect with Eric at TheRanch.org, Mary at MaryFelkins.com, and Ashley at RescotCreative.com. 
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Kent’s podcast is creative, thoughtful and poetic. He has a unique perspective of the world of writing. Enjoy listening to every episode.

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This podcast is so informative! Kent does an amazing job of tying a bow around the lesson of each episode with a great story and point. This is a must listen!

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