Encouraging each other in our creative pursuits is easy in this digital age. Maybe it’s too easy?

In this episode of the podcast, I talk about some very encouraging things that have happened to me, lately, and suggest that we all take some extra time to reach out with a kind word or two to anyone who inspires, enlightens, or entertains us.

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Varidesk adjustable height desk.

More Stories Podcast Episode 9  – Writing Prompts

More Stories Podcast Episode 11 – Shawn Smucker, Kickstarter campaigns, etc.

Blog Post – Did I Really Write That?

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Show Notes:

00:36 Welcome and back to the regular podcast schedule. The benefits of planned rest.

04:00 The Varidesk standing desk (variable height desk) is one of my favorite equipment purchases of the last several years.

Check the link for more info.

07:00 Congrats to Shawn Smucker for meeting all of his stretch goals for his new book, The Day the Angels Fell. See episode 11 for more information.

09:00 Supporting writers and other creatives that add value to our lives: It is more than just monetary.

12:10 SpeakPipe messages encourage me. Hear is one from Juan Antonio in Bogota, Columbia who found value for his other pursuits in trying his hand at creative writing.

15:00 Creating things outside of our main creative field is a great way to improve all of our creative endeavors.

17:33 Juan Antonio’s message came at a time I was feeling really down about the blog. It was a big encouragement.

21:25 More encouragement: well-received “special episode” of the podcast, an encouraging rejection from the Missouri Review, and an incredible compliment from a student.

25:45 Please compliment and encourage those people who are meaningful to you, and whose work you want to reward: share, link, “like”, comment, email, leave a message. Ask a question, give a suggestion. We have tools at our finger tips to encourage and uplift others. We should use them.

28:40 A seven day challenge for YOU!

29:30 Next week is all new with “Poetry for Non-Poets”.

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  • ‫Ami Brand

    Dear Eric,
    I found your podcast recently when I was looking for inspiration and a little boost for my writing ambition. There are many creative writing podcasts but for me yours is the most helpful so far.
    I’m from Israel and I write in Hebrew of course but your ideas are useful in any language. Furthermore, your wise words encourage me to carry on with the novel I’m working on for a long time on and off and it’s time for me to push myself forward.
    Since I discovered your podcast I’ve downloaded all the episodes and burn them on CD so I can listen to it when I drive to work and back home everyday.
    Thank you for doing this for me and for other writers all over the world.

    Ami from Israel
    PS: in a minute I’ll shere my thoughts with my Facebook friends and my followers on Twitter!

    • Eric Sheridan Wyatt

      Thanks so much for your kind words and support. I’m glad you are finding the podcasts useful. Please let me know if there is any specific way I can help! And thanks for spreading the word!