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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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Jul 21, 2022

Today I want to talk about the anxiety we feel when we share. So much of the work that I do is to help writers feel a sense of purpose and strategy in sharing their books, their writing, and their mission. But there are often hidden emotions and psychology which stops us from sharing, delays us from sharing, and makes us feel bad about sharing. That’s not good. I believe sharing helps your writing and art change people’s lives for the better. So I want to address the anxiety head on, because anxiety tends to thrive in silence.

Jul 15, 2022

Author Fleur Bradley shared this recently: “I would say I have at least 1,000 rejections, though I stopped counting long ago." Today I want to talk about why rejection is a common part of the creative journey, and how that should empower you to choose your own path. I'll also talk about the nature of compromise as it relates to our art! 

Jul 6, 2022

Boundaries actually make better art, and help you get better at sharing what you create. We all have boundaries. We all have preferences that feel like they are rules set in stone. The one I run into most often is this: “I have a hard time sharing because I’m an introvert. Marketing just isn’t for me.” Today I want to discuss the value of embracing your creative boundaries.

Jun 21, 2022

I’ve asked this question to writers many many times: “Would you prefer people you know buy your book, or strangers.” Their face lights up with unquestioning certainty: “STRANGERS!” But what I often find is that to build momentum in how your creative work is shared, it starts with those you already have a connection with. Today I want to explore why.

Jun 15, 2022

Instead of just recommending a book here and there, instead of just doing a #FollowFriday on Twitter, instead of just linking to someone, what if you gushed about them? What if you celebrated them in a big way? What if you honored what they create? What if you took on the role of someone who shares with ridiculous generosity? Today I explore the power of generosity in your platform.

Jun 7, 2022

Today I want to discuss two strategies for effectively marketing your writing that may seem to conflict with each other. Yet, both are essential. Here they are: #1 Consistency Matters. #2 Delight and Surprise Your Audience. 

Jun 1, 2022
Today I want to talk about how to reach your goals as a writer. That may be book sales, or book reviews, or appearances, or getting essays published, or developing a following, or so much else. I will cover four key areas from a marketing perspective:

1. Proximity Matters
2. Focus on Conversion
3. Understand The Marketing Funnel
4. Double Down

May 18, 2022

Growing up, Corie Adjmi was always experimenting with creativity, but grew up in a house full of athletes: “In the bookcase in my house, there were very few books, but a lot of trophies. But they always gave me the opportunity to take classes.”
That support translated into a life of dance, art, and then... writing. In this conversation, Corie shares her journey to her life as an author. Plus, how she describes her ethos for her book launch: “This is fun! How can I be creative in showing people my book, and sharing what’s inside, and what kind of great conversations can we have? And it has been amazing, a really busy two years."

Apr 28, 2022

Many writers and artists who consider how others will find their work look to the common channels: social media, email newsletters, and the like. But right away, they are confronted with challenges: “Um what do I share? And how often do I have to do that? And why will anyone care? And… shouldn’t I be just writing my next book instead of worrying about all this?” So today I want to talk about the value of developing a system for how you share. Does “system” sound icky? Like a thing that will trap you? It isn’t. It will set you and your creativity free. 

Apr 20, 2022

I'm so excited to welcome author Mary Laura Philpott onto the podcast. We discuss how she developed her career as a writer, transitioned from a traditional job office job to freelance work, and how she got her first big bylines in major publications. She tells the amazing story of how a sharing on social media lead to her first book deal, and how she got her agent. We also discuss her new book, Bomb Shelter: Love, Time, and Other Explosives. 

Apr 18, 2022

Have you struggled to develop the platform you want as a writer? I encourage you to hone the most powerful tool in your entire  presence as a writer: Defining your voice. Embracing your voice. Sharing your voice.

Apr 11, 2022
My friend Lori is renovating her home, and in the process designed this entire area for her cat's litter box. The process was takes into account the needs of the cat and her family, the details were really intricate. I find this process fascinating, because it reminds me that the details matter. That to craft something special, it takes time and attention.  In this episode, I explore some lessons that I feel great design teaches us about building an effective author platform.
Apr 7, 2022
Today I want to talk about how you share is a craft. Learning how to do so is akin to developing a new literacy. So many writers and creators consider "author platform" or social media as an overwhelming obligation. What if you flipped that perspective, and instead considered it an opportunity to create deeply meaningful connections between people and your creative work? 
Feb 21, 2022

Today I want to share a case study of the work I did with author and artist Meera Lee Patel. She is the author of four books which have sold more than a million copies in total. She has more than 50,000 followers on Instagram, and a thriving career as an artist and writer. I share the process we went through to focus on shifting her creative identity, finding confidence in sharing her voice, creating authenticity in outreach, and having a clear plan for what she shares. 

Feb 8, 2022

I would like to ask for your help today. Can you share your reaction to the possible title of my next book. Here it is: Share Like It Matters. In today's episode I share more about this title and what it represents in the book I'm working on. I'd love your feedback: dan@wegrowmedia.com

Jan 25, 2022
This is my 12th year of working full-time with writers and creators. Each day, I get to wake up and spend time with people who write because they choose to, create what speaks to their heart, and share what makes people’s lives better. Every day is a gift. Today, I want to talk about how I work with writers, and give you a behind the scenes look at the process.
Jan 18, 2022

Are you a writer who is trying to develop your author platform, or plan for a book launch? Well, today I want to talk about three essential tips I would encourage you to focus on. I also want to invite you to join me for a live workshop on this topic on Friday January 21, 2022 at 1pm ET. Register here: https://wegrowmedia.com/ap/

Jan 10, 2022

So many writers and creators I speak with feel that if they could just find their audience, then the path forward would be obvious. Today I want to talk about a concept for how to find your ideal audience, and invite you to a work session next week where I answer your questions and show examples of the practice in action.

Jan 4, 2022

Want to reach your audience in 2022? Start with creative clarity. My Clarity Card method is simple exercise that has filled people's lives with more time and energy to create, and the foundation to growing their platform and sharing their work. These 10 cards can change your life. Download the entire Clarity Card method for free right now, then join me Friday January 7th at 1pm ET for a work session where I answer your questions, provide feedback. Get it all here: https://wegrowmedia.com/creativeclarity/

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