Make Every Moment a Creative Moment, with Author Michael La Ronn

Michael La RonnAuthor Michael La Ronn has already written three books this year, and he will likely write three more before the year is done. Today I want to explore how he is able to fill his life with creativity, infusing writing into all he does.

It’s worth framing all he is responsible for in a given week:

  • He is married and has a five year old daughter, plus a dog and a rabbit.
  • He has a full-time job working in insurance at a Fortune 100 company
  • He is the author of more than 50 books, mostly fantasy, science fiction, and self-help for writers.
  • He is going to law school on nights and weekends.
  • He is a part-time teacher of insurance classes.
  • He posts a weekly video to his YouTube channel.
  • He posts a weekly podcast.
  • He is the outreach manager at the Alliance of Independent Authors.

I’m not going to lie, I’m exhausted just writing all that out, let alone considering how he does it all. And somehow, he makes it work. When I last interviewed him two years ago, he was already writing 10 books per year on average. This week I talked to him to discuss how he sustains this, and how the pandemic has (and hasn’t) changed his process.

Invest in Mental Health First

When I asked how his creative process has changed because of the pandemic, he said that he first invested in his mental health. He decided to sleep an extra hour each day, because he treats mental health as the foundation of all he does in life.

I loved hearing that, this idea that rest is a critical part of creativity and work. He says, “If you don’t have your mental health in shape, it’s gonna be difficult.” He is trying to use this period of time to feel more grounded and improve his own creative process. That begins with sleep and mental health.

Make Every Moment a Creative Moment

How will Michael write 6 books this year? By ensuring he can create wherever he is, and let tiny moments of creativity add up to an incredible body of work. He put it this way:

“Before the pandemic, I wrote 40% of the words on my phone — in the backseat of an Uber car, in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. Little moments adds up. I use the Scrivener app on my phone. That is how I learned to be really efficient. The most important thing you can do is to master the tools of your trade. If you can master those, then you can be more efficient.”

It is inspiring to see how he changes the context of everyday moments to turn them into creative experiences. He tracks how many words he writes on what platform (computer vs phone) so that he can understand the importance of that tool, and the process.

Focus on What You Can Control

As Michael and I discussed the way the pandemic has shifted his process, he talked about how he was focusing on the things he could control, not the things he couldn’t.

“I asked myself when all of this started: when this is all done, what do I want my story to look like? What did I do for my family, for myself, for my readers.”

Michael is so intentional about where he puts his attention and energy. He didn’t just focus on disruption, he instead envisioned what he can create.

Fail in the Short Term to Succeed in the Long Term

He said that he pursues so many different fields — in law, writing, and his job — as insurance for the future. So that he has more options for success.

“The decision I made to be so busy are hedging my bets against the future, and having something to fall back on. I’m going to allow myself to fail as often as possible, because failure is a far better teacher than success. This helps me become a smart, better, and more efficient writer.”

This is something that came out again and again in our chat, how every experience in his life is something he viewed through the lens of how it makes him a better writer. Everything is geared towards craft, even things that someone else may think are separate. Michael talked about how his day job in insurance makes him a better writer, and how going to law school makes him a better writer. All the pieces fit for his clarity of his goals.

“For me, everything I learn at work, I can bring it over to my writing, and vice versa. One of the only reasons I went to law school is so that I can become a better writer. So I could learn copyright law, learn business, all those things that writers need to know, but don’t know.”

He encouraged people to not have a wall between work life and personal life. To bring what you learn from one to the other. I think that allows someone to be in the writing mindset all the time.

Don’t Let Impostor’s Syndrome Stop You

When I asked him about impostor’s syndrome, he shared advice that a mentor once gave him about how he can work through it. If he ever feels impostor’s syndrome about a specific task or goal, he asks himself these three questions:

  1. Can I learn?
  2. Can it advance my career?
  3. Can I influence people moving forward?

So he focuses on how each action he takes moves his writing process forward, and his career forward. He reframes the thinking that stops so many other people. Again, his creative clarity is just so inspiring, and it’s amazing how it leads to clear actions he takes each day to create and share.

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How I’m getting out of a writing slump

I’ve been in a writing slump. Today I want to share the process I’m going through to get out of it.

My days are spent helping writers and creators better share their work. That, of course, begins with the work itself: writing. So many people I speak with have difficulty finding the time and energy to create amidst important responsibilities of life. What’s more, this doesn’t always get easier with success. A writer may need to constantly recommit to — and reinvent — their creative process.

Today I want to talk about the specific actions I’m taking to get out of my writing slump, to honor my creative vision, and to ensure creativity is central in my daily life. Let’s dig in…

Use Inertia to Your Advantage

For the past 6 months or so I’ve been trying to finish writing my next book. I’ve failed at that, missing deadline after deadline.

Even as I have struggled to complete it, I have managed to consistently work on it at least on the weekends. Now, a fair amount of that effort has been pathetic, writing for 10 minutes at a time. It will take many years to finish writing a book with only 20 minutes per week of effort.

But I do want to recognize and celebrate what I have been doing. I have been showing up to this book every week for quite awhile now. I’ve kept my writing on life support even during the slump. I write in a program called Scrivener, and it actually tracks my writing history:

Many weeks I wrote very few words. Even some of the higher numbers of new words can be attributed to me copying and pasting things I wrote awhile back. But I consistently worked on the book, and that feels great.

Why does that matter? Because as I try to get out of the writing slump, inertia is helping me. It has me not trying to restart something that has failed, but optimize something that is already happening in my writing habits. Because of inertia, I’m not questioning what to work on, I’m not scared to open the manuscript, I’m not unfamiliar with the writing and editing process.

If you are in a writing slump, invest in inertia. Show up to your craft even if it is a tiny bit. This is how I fit inertia into my life when I was in a slump:

  1. I reserved the morning of the weekends for creative time. I’m an early riser, which helps, so all of this gets done before my family is even awake.
  2. I scheduled it on my calendar. I made an appointment with my book.
  3. I committed to accountability (more on that below.)
  4. I never questioned the goal, even if I struggled with the process. There was never a point where I considered giving up on the book. That’s due to consistent reflection on my creative clarity (more on that below as well.)

To get out of my writing slump, I am using inertia to my advantage by expanding how long the weekend writing sessions are. So I will have more quality time with the book. I’m considering how I can write more frequently as well. To start I may add one more day per week to the writing schedule. That alone would be a 50% increase in how I show up to my writing.

I’m also considering setting a short-term goal that could kickstart my efforts even more. For instance: could I take two days off work so that I can do a “mini writing retreat” to make bigger progress on the book. Or do a 20 day writing challenge.

Find the Space to Create

Since mid-March I have been working from my home office instead of the private studio space that I rent on the other side of town. As everyone else has been experiencing too, my entire life has been compressed into the same small space of home.

The other day, I went back to my studio for the first time in 10 weeks. It felt like an odd step into the past, but also filled me with a hopefulness for what can be created.

Staring back at me were the faces of inspiring creators I hung on the wall. They remind me that creative work requires commitment and risk.

I spent a couple hours cleaning all the dust that had accumulated, and then opened up my book. I worked on a single sentence, then closed it. Boom. A new writing habit has started. This is me back at my studio for the first time in months:

I’ve decided to use the studio as a single-use location. This will be my private place to write. I’m not bringing my big computer back there, I’m not checking email while there, and I’m going with one intention: write.

In the months I didn’t show up to the studio, I kept sending in the rent checks as a commitment to myself and my creative vision. Because I believe in what this creative space symbolizes.

While I am going back, I’m not going all the way. I’m being very cautious, which means I will only spend a a couple hours there per day. By making it a single-use space, it becomes a space dedicated to long-term creative goals.

Revisit Your Creative Clarity

To get out of a creative slump, it can be useful to go back to the well — the source of your inspiration. To revisit your creative clarity of what you create and why.

I wrote about this in-depth last week, sharing my Clarity Card process. I’ve been working on mine, this is what they look like (well, the backs of them anyway):

Clarity Cards

This helps me consider ways to invest in my writing and long-term creative goals. Clarity Cards help me find more time and energy to write.

Hold Yourself Accountable to Your Creative Vision

I believe in the power of accountability, having others know about your creative goals and hold you to them.

I’ve often mentioned that I have had a weekly mastermind call with Jennie Nash for about six years. (I talk about how amazing Jennie is, and the history of our weekly mastermind here.)

Likewise, I have a weekly call with author and illustrator Lori Richmond. (If you like illustration, cat photos, books, cat photos, running, cat photos, Brooklyn, and cat photos, you should go follow her.)

In my conversations with Jennie and Lori, we discuss creative and business goals. But for my book I wanted even more specific accountability. So I asked my friend Diane Krause if she would hold me accountable to my writing goals.

The process is simple: every weekend I have to email her an update about how the book is going. Here is a sampling of the weekly emails I have sent to Diane, giving her an update on the book. My favorite subject line: “My Book (plus: excuses!)”

When we began this accountability, my weekly goals were ambitious. Slowly I asked if we could make them less so to the point at which my writing was just a trickle each week. But, I still emailed her each week. She still showed up to support and encourage me. That has been a huge help.

Diane has helped me stay committed to my writing. If you don’t have anyone in your life holding you accountable to your creative goals, I would encourage you to find someone. The commitment they make does not have to be a big one.

For instance, I have a personal trainer who coaches me virtually. While he gives me training programs to follow and custom videos, that isn’t why justify paying him. I hire him for accountability. Because after every time I workout, I text him “Workout done.” That alone is worth all the money I pay him, and likely much more. Because I know he is expecting that text from me, it keeps me working out.

Invest in Inspiration

I find that I work better when surrounded by inspiration. That is why I have a beautiful studio space, and why I hang photos of inspiring creators on the wall.

I also find that I’m inspired by books, art supplies, and well, typewriters. It’s silly, I know. But I’m going to use what works.

So, to kick off this new writing habit, I bought a new typewriter to display in my studio, an Olivetti Valentine from around 1970:

I’m buying more typewriters, more books about creativity, and more art supplies. Because doing so encourages me to create. It reminds me that this is work that I need to show up for. I look around my studio and feel inspired.

What helps you get out of a writing slump?
Thanks.
-Dan

Finding creative clarity

This week I am reassessing so many things. My life is filled with writers, artists, and creators. Their work has always felt magical to me because they create something from nothing. They use their gifts to create the stories that need to be told. To ensure the world is filled with the messages we most need to hear.

Yet so many people — myself included — can find their creative vision clouded. What we want is to feel a compelling sense of creative clarity. To know what we want to create, and how to make it a priority.

I’ve been thinking a lot about a resource I developed a few years ago called Clarity Cards. This is a tool I’ve used to assess where to put creative energy. It’s a simple process, requiring a bunch of index cards (or scraps of paper). But the outcome of it can be powerful.

Creative clarity leads to actions and experiences that allow us to grow as writers and individuals. I think it is important to consider what drives you to create. I’ve always liked the phrase “going back to the well” — returning to the source of your own inspiration that gives you the inner resources to create.

What are Clarity Cards? It is an exercise where you get clarity on what you create and why, and you prioritize this amidst the rest of your busy life. At the end of the 5-step process, they look like this, a pyramid of 10 cards:

Clarity Cards

They look simple, but they have a powerful way of reframing not just your creative goals, but your entire life. I have taken hundreds of people through this process, and have used it myself for years. I have seen this exercise lead to profound breakthroughs for people, as well as practical ways to find more time and energy to write.

Clarity Cards changed my life. More than a decade ago, I sat down on the floor of my old apartment and took out a stack of index cards. The floors were crooked, and whoever installed the carpet in the living room did it wrong — there was this harsh ridge running diagonally across the floor. There I sat, on one side of the carpet ridge, and on each index card I wrote down a goal for my life.

After I had around 10 cards, I organized them into a pyramid where the single biggest goal was at the top. This became the Clarity Card process.

Not long ago, I found my original Clarity Cards. They included a mix of intentions, but one card jumped out at me:

At the time, my wife and I did not yet have kids. I was working a job at a large publishing company, commuting about an hour and a half each way to work.

With these index cards I was reassessing the distance between my daily reality and the life I hoped to lead.

The “stay at home dad” thing was my way of saying that I wanted to be present in the lives of my family once we had kids. To not always be on a train, or in an office 30 miles away from my wife and kids.

The second part of that card included a frantic question: “Earn money from home. How?!”

Since that time, I left my corporate job in publishing, and have run my own business for a decade. I work from home (or a private studio a mile away) and see my family regularly throughout the day.

It’s astounding to look at this index card and consider the moment I wrote it, and then look at my life today which has answered that question, and lived up to the intention of that goal. I’m thankful for this every moment of every day.

I have been thinking a lot about what the next version of my Clarity Cards will look like. One’s Clarity Cards can change and evolve over time to reflect where that person is today, or where they want to grow now.

So I thought it was a good time to share that process. Let’s dig in…

The Brain Dump

The first step is to capture all of the things that you are responsible for, care about, and dream of. On each index card, write down one responsibility or thing that you care about on each card. This should encapsulate your entire life, not just your creative goals.

Some of this is a process of cataloging your current life. Other aspects may be about brainstorming things you want to focus on more of in your life.

You may have cards that read “finish writing my novel,” “family,” “take care of mom,” “work out,” “get more involved with my community,” “housework,” “my job,” “find an agent,” or so much else. This process should feel cathartic — to actually recognize all that you are responsible for.

This is what it looks like — imagine each of these as separate index cards with one thing written on each that you care deeply about:

The Sort

Now sort all of the cards into three different priority levels:

  1. High priority
  2. Medium priority
  3. Low priority

Items in the high priority level can include items that are your biggest responsibilities. But you should also include things that light you up inside — your writing and other goals. Within these can be the biggest changes you hope to make in your life as well.

After you do the initial sort, set aside the low priority items. We won’t be including them in the rest of this exercise. The purpose of Clarity Cards is to devote more energy and resources to the few things that matter most to you. You can’t do that if you are juggling 1,000 things at once.

This is what it looks like:

The Square

Now, take your high priority cards and arrange them in a square on a large table or the floor. The items on the top of the square should be that which you care about most. In the middle will be things that feel slightly secondary. And on the bottom, they are the lower end of what you care most about.

Where needed, mix in some medium priority cards. At this stage, you should have 12 cards in a large square. It may be difficult for you to select exactly which cards go in your square because of competing priorities.

This is what it looks like:

The Battle

Our end goal is to get to 10 cards. So at this stage, you may feel conflicted over which cards to keep in your square, which to remove. You may feel that some medium priority cards should be elevated and some high priority demoted. Try to get down to 10 cards which all feel high priority.

In this process you may feel a sense of loss or even guilt at cards that you are leaving out. Likely, you are trying to shove too many cards at the absolute highest priority levels. To help you make choices, battle two cards against each other. Ask yourself, “which of these cards will lead me to the fulfilling life that I dream of.”

When one card “wins” it doesn’t mean that the other card is unimportant. Instead, you are developing the skill to choose what matters most to you, instead of becoming distracted by things that will not lead you to where you want to go. Likewise, which of these cards is more foundational to help support the other. For instance: you may choose to put “meditation” above “family” because the more calm and centered you feel, the better of a parent you can be.

This is a process for you to choose your focus with intention. This is what it looks like:

The Pyramid

Now, take your square and turn it into a pyramid. This is the final form of Clarity Cards, where you choose one priority at the very top, two at the next level, three at the level beneath that, and four at the final level. All other cards should be set aside.

Play with the ordering of the cards on the pyramid. Move cards around to see what it feels like when different cards are at the top. No one is looking over your shoulder making judgements. Perhaps for a moment, you swap out the “family” card at the very top with a card that reads “finish my memoir.” How does that make you feel? Does it give you a sense of motivation or does it make you feel scattered? You want to feel that the final selection feels both exciting and fulfilling. Like you are living up to your biggest responsibilities, but also able to focus on things that truly light you up inside.

When finished, your pyramid should give you a sense of clarity of your priorities, including where your writing and creative work fits in. This is a decision-making tool that will allow you to say “no” to tasks and obligations which are absent from the pyramid, in order to give more time, energy, and resources to that which you care about most.

This is what it looks like:

Turn Clarity Into Action

With your Clarity Cards, you can now:

  • Use this simple system to remind yourself of your creative goals
  • Make decisions for where to put your energy
  • Communicate with those around you about what’s important to you

What to do next? This:

  1. If you create your own Clarity Cards, please consider emailing me a photo of them. If you don’t want to share the words on them, just flip them over so I can only see the backs of the cards.
  2. Tape your Clarity Cards to a sheet of paper and place them somewhere that you will be reminded of them often. 

  3. Then identify the single habit you need to establish that will lead you to honoring your biggest priorities. That habit can be ridiculously simple.

Thank you.
-Dan

Living your mission as a writer

Last night I received a text from a friend that said: “Your interview with Jarrett Lerner may have just changed my life.”

My friend is the author of several books, who has had the career of “author” for many years. What resonated with her so deeply? The idea of her books being a part of a bigger mission. Where the goal is not just to sell another book, but instead see the book a part of a larger process of how she helps and inspires people.

This is how Jarrett put it:

“My goal is not to sell a book or be remembered for a book. I want to inspire kids. I want to get them excited about their own creativity and their own abilities.”

Oh, wait… where are my manners? Let me introduce you to Jarrett Lerner. Here he is, living his mission:

Jarrett Lerner

This week he and I chatted for my podcast, The Creative Shift, and what he shared was an inspiring take on what it means to live the life of a writer. Today I want to explore some of the highlights that I think may help you make writing a more central part of your life, and make connecting your work to others a process filled with a deep sense of fulfillment.

Jarrett’s first book came out in 2017, with the follow up this year. In the next two years, he has NINE more books coming out. That’s an astounding number, right? In addition to that, I’ve watched him grow his social media following in the past couple of years from hundreds to more than 20,000 Twitter followers and 5,000 Instagram followers. How does he do all of that? Let’s dig in…

Know Your Mission as a Writer

Again and again, Jarrett kept talking his work as a deeper mission:

“I want my books to energize the next generation to use their creativity. Connecting with those kids and breaking down the barriers that traditionally separate people who are creating content, from the consumers, that is a big part of it for me. I didn’t know I could be a professional author until I was in college. I had no idea. It was because I never met a fiction author, or someone who made a living with the dreams in their heads and putting it down on paper. What if I can give kids that little bit of connection and insight and information so that they know that they can do this if they want? To let them know that really it is just a whole bunch of hard work, no shortcuts or magic tricks. That’s just as important as part of my goal as publishing a book or professional recognition.”

Yes, it begins with his craft as a writer and illustrator. But it also fuels so much more: “I drive myself absolutely nuts making my books as close to perfect as possible. But I also taught myself to step back and see it as a brick in something larger that I’m trying to build. A part of that book is non-book stuff.”

Knowing his mission doesn’t just inform what he creates, but also how he shares it: “Doing school visits is not taking me away from my work [of creating my next book], it is part of it.”

Because of his clarity of his mission, he is constantly inventing new ways to live it. That means that during the pandemic, he has been creating loads of free resources for kids and sharing them via social media. I counted well more than 100 worksheets and activities that he is constantly creating and making available to kids, like these:

Jarrett Lerner Activities

Fill Your Social Media With Generosity

I first became aware of Jarrett through social media, and noticed how incredibly generous he was. How does he justify spending so much time on social media? Like this:

“Social media has helped me reach so so so many more kids than I would have, if I was just at home working on the books. I started to see the connections that could happen and what I could do: First talk to a teacher about my book, then getting my book to them, then getting to introduce their students to it, and then using that as a launchpad to do so much other amazing things. My book is just the foot in the door. Once I’m working with kids, it’s like, “Let’s inspire you!” When I saw social media could be such a big tool to do my work and achieve my goals better, more productively, and more efficiently, I was like, this has to be part of my life.”

Here is a Tweet Jarrett shared recently that is like thousands of others he has shared, supporting others who share his mission:

If you want to see what this looks like in action, go scroll through years and years of what he has shared on Twitter.

When I see things like this, it forces me to consider the question, “How can I be more generous to those whose work I love? How can I do something right now that would help, that would truly make someone’s day?”

The answer is often simple: sending an email saying ‘thank you,’ or recommending their work on social media.

You Need a Support System

When I asked Jarrett when he really began the journey to be an author/illustrator, he said:

“I’ve been writing and illustrating stories and making “books” and comic books (with paper, cardboard, and staples, etc.) since elementary school. It wasn’t until the end of college, or even really in the years after, that I believed in myself enough to think I could do it as a career. That was always a dream — but it always felt like an improbable, if not impossible, one. Really, I think, it was my wife — who I first met back in 2011 — who helped convince me I could really, truly do it, and that I should.”

“I have been lucky to have people in my life who encouraged me. Parents, siblings, and then in high school, college, post-college I had a few people who were super encouraging to the point of being forceful. They would say, “You are good at this, you love it, go for it!” Now I can self-sustain myself in terms of momentum and belief in myself to continue. But I don’t think that without those people I ever would have gotten over that first hurdle of internally saying “I can do this and want to do it,” and then externally taking a risk and trying to get an agent, and going on submission.”

“I wouldn’t have had the wherewithall to do it if I didn’t have these people encouraging me and pushing me on days when it was rough, keeping me going.”

I talk about the value of having a support system a lot. If you are a writer or creator, I strongly encourage you to reach out to other authors and those who love the kind of creative work you do. Take small steps to encourage connections. Fill your life with those who can inspire you to create more, and work through the difficult times in the creative process. Don’t assume that if you don’t have supportive people in your life, it is just bad luck. Make the effort to go out and find those people.

Invest in Your Creative Process

When Jarrett and I spoke, it was late afternoon. He mentioned he had been up since 5am working on some illustrations. He talked about how he has really honed his creative process over the years to

“I work extremely hard. I don’t think there is a shortcut. I will wake up at 4:30 or 5, do a day of work, then have a couple of Zoom calls with classrooms, then spend time with my daughter and put her to bed, then relax with my wife and put on a movie. Often I will have my iPad out and I’ll be drawing or taking notes for something while we watch. I work a lot, but I think over the years I have learned to be a smart worker. I have gotten good at juggling projects. I’m in-tune with my creativity. I’m working on a bunch of different books now. I’ve gotten good at switching gears. I have learned how to get work done even when I’m not in the zone. If you want to be a professional at this and produce a lot, you can’t wait for the ideal conditions, you can’t wait to be in the zone. You have to get your work done.”

He shared this photo recently saying, “A year’s worth of sketchbooks. Pretty much every good idea I’ve ever had has originated in the pages of a sketchbook, and many of the books I have coming out in the next couple years began and developed in THESE pages.”

Jarrett Lerner sketchbooks

There are more than 10 sketchbooks from 2019, and six already for 2020. This takes time he said: “It was probably 20 years before I came to a point where I embraced the creative process truly and fully.” His advice for other writers and creators was to “get in tune with your creative that is authentically you.” He said this takes time… years and years. But it is a worthwhile investment.

Know That Failure is a Part of Success

I liked the honesty with which he talks about the creative process. So many writers I speak to talk about how a roadblock in their creative process has stopped them. They can barely create because something feels off. But Jarrett talks about how this has become central to his creative process:

“I now tell kids I wake up every day excited to write “bad” sentences and draw “bad” pictures because I know that is the first step. I know that I will learn from that “bad” thing and reach my goal that much faster. I used to sit in front of blank computer screens and blank notebooks for hours, and be upset with it and tear it out. It took me a long time but I finally just embraced the messiness of the creative process. The mistake making, the detours, the setbacks. I fell in love with it and took it for what it is, and now I just throw myself in neck-deep, wade around in it, and don’t worry about it. 90% of what I create is crap.”

When he was starting out, Jarrett’s first two books went out on submission to publishers and failed to sell. I say that not to highlight a false start, but to remind you that the creative process requires failure. The business of publishing is filled with it. Don’t let it stop you. When Jarrett talked about this, he emphasized how much energy and time went into each of those books and the process of trying to find a publisher. Years. But it was his third book that sold.

I’ve often shared the quote from Dani Shapiro, because it resonates so deeply about the work of being a writer and creator:

“Not only doesn’t it get easier, it actually gets harder.”

Jarrett shared his own version of this:

“I was talking to a group of authors the other night, and someone asked “When does impostor’s syndrome end?” This is a group of New York Times bestsellers and elite creators. And they said: “Oh, never. That doesn’t go away.”

There are so many excuses any of us can come up with to not create. To not share. What inspires me most about Jarrett is how many different things he tries in order to fill his life with creativity and to live his mission of inspiring kids.

No one knows what will work. But we know that trying different things and investing in your creative process will help you find the path that works best for you.

You can listen to my entire conversation with Jarrett here.

Thanks!
-Dan

Generosity, Social Media, and Living Your Mission as a Writer, With Author/Illustrator Jarrett Lerner

Jarrett LernerWhen I first noticed author/illustrator Jarrett Lerner, he was using his Twitter account to constantly celebrate other authors and books. His generosity got him noticed. The result? 20,000+ followers. His first book was published in 2017, his second in 2019, and he has 9 more books in the works to be published within the next two years. In today’s conversation, I talk to Jarrett about what it means to live your mission as a writer, and what that daily work of creating and sharing looks like. 

You can listen to the podcast by clicking ‘play’ below, or in the following places:

You can find Jarrett in the following places:
jarrettlerner.com
His books
Twitter: @Jarrett_Lerner
Instagram: @Jarrett_Lerner