The Prolific Creator

The Prolific Creator

The Prolific Creator is about life, art, and doing the generous thing. Follow writer, artist, and publisher Ryan J. Pelton as he discusses processes and strategies for writing lots of words, creating lots of art, and the motivation driving the whole thing. TPC podcast also interviews fellow prolific creators, writers, artists, and entrepreneurs as they discuss tips, trick, and motivation for making art, and doing the generous thing in the world. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information. Sign up for The Prolific Creator+ and get full access to the archives and weekly bonus content! https://plus.acast.com/s/the-prolific-creator

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August 16, 2022 71 min

As the Director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, Ali Michael, Ph.D. works with schools and organizations across the country to help make research on race, Whiteness, and education more accessible and relevant to educators. Eleonora Bartoli, Ph.D., is a consultant and licensed psychologist, specializing in trauma, resilience-building, and multicultural/social justice counseling. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology: Human Dev...

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Alinka Rutkowska is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, CEO of Leaders Press, and a top 100 Amazon bestselling author in business and money. She’s sold more than 100,000 copies of her books and her book creation process has been showcased in Entrepreneur magazine. On the show, Ryan and Alinka chat about what makes a bestselling book, why writers shouldn't be shy in asking for help, a proven process for how s...

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Mary Adkins is a novelist, recovered lawyer, and a mother. She traded in her Ann Taylor pantsuits to enter the wild west of fiction writing, She read tomes about the craft of storytelling. Mary memorized devices like Chekhov’s Gun and Save the Cat and The 15 Beats so she could write “the right way.” Now after publishing many novels she helps professionals write the books they always dreamed of. In this conversation, Ryan and Mary d...

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Abigail Morrison is a creative writer who’s been telling stories for over a decade. She loves stories that feature grace and redemption, ask questions (without necessarily answering them), and point toward possibility. Her debut novel, Yochni’s Eye, will be launching in Summer, 2022. Ryan and Abigail chat about her journey into publishing, what held her back for many years, how The Prolific Creator helped in the journey, and much m...

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Jim Laughren loves wine. And has for a very long time. He is a former importer and distributor of fine wines from around the world. He is also a Certified Wine Educator who has both taken and taught dozens of classes and seminars dealing with various aspects of wine and spirits. He has little use for the snobbery and condescension that have, somehow, become part of the world of wine. In this conversation, Ryan and Jim explore the o...

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Dan Werb, PhD, is a writer and epidemiologist, with faculty positions in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at the University of California San Diego and at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Werb is the author of, most recently, The Invisible Siege: The Rise of Coronaviruses and the Search for a Cureand has authored over one hundred epidemiological studies investigating...

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When Emily English Medley wrote her debut novel From the Moon I Watched Her, she knew it would push some buttons perhaps in a negative direction. But art is about being honest, and in this conversation Emily and Ryan explore the dark parts of creativity, how to be honest, what it takes to create while having other responsibilities, and much more. You can find Emily at: https://emilyenglishmedley.com/#author

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    AARON POOCHIGIAN earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. His thriller in verse, Mr. Either/Or, was released by Etruscan Press in the fall of 2017. A recipient of an NEA Grant in translation, he has published translations with Penguin Classics and W. W. Norton. His latest book American Divine, the winner of the Richard Wilbur Award, came out in 2021. His other poetry ...
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    Emily Crookston spent a bunch of years mucking around creating marketing content before Emily realized she's better suited to longform writing. Since launching her business, Emily has worked with dozens of clients ranging from professionals in medicine and finance with disruptive philosophies to powerhouse CEOs who are sick and tired of the status quo to mountain climbers with harrowing survival stories to share. She brings an ...

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    Daniel Grothe is a writer, pastor, and musician from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a proud husband to Lisa, and has three amazing kids: Lillian, Wilson, and Wakley. Daniel has written a new book called: "The Power of Place: Choosing Stability in a Rootless Age." In this interview, Ryan and Daniel talk about the importance of place (and his new book), how good art can come from tragedy, what living on a farm is teaching ...

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    November 17, 2021 45 min

    Samantha Hanni is a writer, blogger, and freelance editor. She has helped over 60 authors get their manuscripts ready for publication. In this episode, Ryan and Samantha explore what to look for in an editor, Samantha's reader-first approach to editing, the different kinds of editing, how to build a solid relationship with an editor, and much more. You can find Samantha and her services at: https://mrshanni.com/

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    Vikrant Shaurya is the Founder/CEO of bestsellingbook.com. Over the years, Vikrant and his team have helped hundreds of authors write popular and bestselling books. In this episode, Ryan and Vikrant talk about how to write a winning outline, the elements of a bestselling book, why perfection is killing your writing, and much more. 

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  • Free checklist for writing a bestselling book: https://bestsellingbook.com/che...
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    A native Missourian and US Air Force Veteran, Jason stays busy in both his professional and personal life. He's a devoted family man, has a day job he still enjoys, hosts a weekly podcast, and makes time to write anywhere, and everywhere that he can. He completed one of his books on his phone, sitting in the theater while waiting for a movie to start! Ryan and Jason chat about the journey of writing, where ideas come from, and ...

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    In this episode, Ryan explores the need for play in our work. Somewhere along the line we'll succumb to short term thinking, and forget about the long term reasons we create things. What does it mean to incorporate play, awe, and wonder into our work?

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    Christiana N. Peterson is the author of Mystics and Misfits: Meeting God through St. Francis and Other Unlikely Saints and Awakened by Death: Life-giving Lessons from the Mystics. Her writing on the mystics, community, the spiritual disciplines of motherhood, and death has been featured in such places as Christianity Today, Art House America, Geez Magazine, The Christian Century, and Bearings Online. She lives in Ohio with her husb...

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    September 22, 2021 20 min

    In this episode, Ryan explores the myth of writer's or creator's block. Is it a thing, or is there something else lurking beneath the surface in our stuckness? Ryan will explore this topic and give steps for getting unstuck in whatever you are making. 

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  • Say hello, and tell us what you're working on. Where are you stuck? hello@ryanjpelton.com
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    In this episode, Ryan talks with poet and teacher Christian Shockley. Christian believes art and poetry help us live more meaningful lives. Ryan and Christian explore the power of poetry, art, learning, and much more. You can find Christian and his work at: https://www.crs.work/

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  • Christian's Poetry Course: https://www.crs.work/poetry-theology
  • Book recommendations: My Bright Abyss by Christian Wiman, Joy by ...
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    J. Mark Bertrand writes novels. “A major crime fiction talent” (The Weekly Standard) in the vein of Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin, and Jo Nesbø, Mark has written three books about about Houston homicide detective Roland March, including Back on Murder (2010), Pattern of Wounds (2011), and Nothing to Hide (2012). Mark has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. In this episode, Ryan and Mark talk about balancing cr...

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    Jay Wilburn lives with his wife and two sons in beautiful Conway, South Carolina. He is a full-time writer of horror and speculative fiction. Jay left his job as a teacher to become a full time writer and has never looked back. Jay received a life-saving living donor kidney transplant in February 2017 and is working through all the medical particulars of this new life. He credits his donor, family, friends, and generous strangers f...

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    In this episode, Ryan explores a reality for us all... we're going to die. But woven into the fabric of death is great wisdom. A wisdom that often motivates us to do your best work, make our best art, and to become the best versions of ourselves. 

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  • Val Kilmer documentary 
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