Writing & Creativity

Dani Shapiro: The Creative Process, Writing Prompts & Why Inspiration Is A Myth

January 23, 2018

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If you’re a writer, or any creative type sharing your personal work with the world, this episode is a must watch.

Dani Shapiro is one of the great memoirists of our time. She’s the author of a whopping four memoirs, five novels and has been featured everywhere from This American Life to The New Yorker. Her most recent book, Hourglass, is an intimate look inside her marriage (it’s fantastic — highly recommended).

If you’ve ever wanted to share a personal story with the world, or express your heart through your art, Dani has hard-won advice on this topic.

Tune in and learn:

  • How to tell your story when it involves other people.
  • The 2-word prompt that will immediately supercharge your writing. (When Dani shares this exercise during her retreats, not a single student hesitates before putting pen to paper.)
  • Why creativity shouldn’t feel good all the time.
  • Why it’s so important that you spend time with other artists — especially when you feel like a fraud.
  • The surprising — but critical — difference between confidence and courage.

After you’ve watched, Dani and I would love to hear from you:

What’s the one insight that meant the most to you?

Most importantly, how can you turn that insight into action for your creative life? Leave a comment below and let us 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 story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be removed.

As Dani says, “To be an artist is to witness the world. Open your ears, open your eyes. Notice the gifts around you.”

Thank you so much for taking part of your day to be here and share your perspective and gifts with our community.

All my love,


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