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The Creative Shift with Dan Blank

Dan Blank interviews writers and artists who have taken the leap from merely dabbling with their creative vision, to becoming successful doers whose work has a positive impact on others.
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Now displaying: January, 2019
Jan 30, 2019

It occurred to me that even though I started this podcast back in 2012, and have published more than 60 episodes, I never properly launched it. In todays episode I reflect on what this podcast is, why I do it, and where it is going. And I ask for your help in that process. 

Jan 23, 2019

In today's podcast, I dig into a book launch case study with author Dr. Beth Ricanati. Last year she released her book, Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs, and we dig into the entire process of writing, publishing, and promoting the book. When I asked her to summarize the book launch, she said: "It was so wonderfully overwhelming."

Jan 16, 2019

Today I share my interview with Emma Dryden, who in the course of her career has edited more than 1,000 books for children and young readers. She spent more than 25 years working in traditional publishing as an editor and publisher, working within Simon & Schuster and Random House. A decade ago, she founded her own company, drydenbks, where she is a children’s book editorial and publishing consultant. We dig into every aspect of her career, but the part that really touched me is how she describes the massive creative shift in her career. At that moment, she asked herself a simple question that changed everything: “What could that look like?” when dreaming of her next act. You can find Emma at http://drydenbks.com.

Jan 8, 2019

In this conversation with New York Times Bestselling Author Joseph Finder, we dig into the value of a writer connecting with their audience, how he got his agent and made writing his full-time career, his experience having his books turned into major motion pictures, and what his creative process looks like today. I loved how he underscored the incredible power that writers have: "It takes one person to write a book. To make a movie it takes 500." His new thriller, Judgement, hits stores later this month.

Jan 1, 2019

In today's episode, I share specific strategies to define goals for your creative work, and practices to actually achieve them. If you feel like you have hit a plateau with your craft or are in a rut, these are the steps I would recommend you take to create momentum. 

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