Writing & Creativity

Cheryl Strayed: How To Become A Writer & Advice Every Creative Needs To Hear

February 21, 2017

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It’s not everyday you get to sit down and talk with a legend about her life and craft. What’s more – it’s not everyday that said legend also happens to be an insanely down-to-earth, wise, funny, fierce and endlessly compassionate human being.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the megabestseller Wild, (yes — the one that was made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon) as well as Torch, Brave Enough and Tiny Beautiful Things.

If you’ve ever felt insecure about calling yourself an artist, like maybe you don’t ‘do it right’ or worse — that you don’t deserve that title, then this is a must watch, must share episode.

Cheryl and I cover so much ground including:

  • The not-so-glamorous realities of making a living from your art
  • Strategies and tactics for how to become a writer
  • Two questions every creative must ask before you make your art
  • How Cheryl found herself nearly broke, even as she was being interviewed by Oprah
  • The importance of silence, literary lasagne and so much more

If you want to know how to become a writer, or if you consider yourself a creative person in any way, Cheryl Strayed has a must-hear message for you.

We’ve come to associate being gentle and tender and forgiving with slacking off, but as you’re about to learn – that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Cheryl actually brought me to tears in this conversation. I truly believe you’ll be moved and inspired by what she has to share.

Now, we’d love to hear from you.

I’m curious, which insight struck you the deepest and why? And how might you turn that insight into action in your own creative life, starting now?

Leave a comment below and let me know.  

Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of incredible souls come here each week for insight and inspiration, and your perspective may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

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Especially for today’s episode — with the one and only Cheryl Strayed — if you have any creatives, writers or artists in your life who could use an empowering boost, share this post.

Thank you so very much for bringing such warmth, light and generosity to these conversations.  Your kindness means more than you know.

With all my love,


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