SA337 Healthy Snacks


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It’s SOOOOO easy to grab a bag of chips while working through lunch, the afternoon, and all the way until dinner. Today, Christine talks about how it’s hypocritical of her to record this, especially when heart disease runs in her family. According to her, she’s the Walking Dead without Rick to save her. Join Christine […]

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SA336 Growing Your Artistic Assets Like Cash


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In this episode, guest host Jamie Davis explains how a smarter artist can adapt financial concepts to managing artistic assets. Jamie talks about how a slow and steady, sustainable approach to your art can be a powerful way to build your artistic assets over time. He talks about what you can do to leverage this […]

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SA335 Be Good to Future You


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How often do you you say, “I’ll get to this later?” Obviously, that’s what we call procrastination. You need a simple and effective way to hack your brain and short-circuit the procrastination cycle. It all starts with how you think about your FUTURE self. Today, Audra Casino discusses smart ways to reframe your thinking, and […]

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SA334 Creativity Breeds Creativity


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You’ve heard it before: creativity breeds creativity. But do you know what it really means? Today, Sean talks about the ebbs and flows of creativity, how he deals with it. He explains how a lack of ideas and inspiration can be combated, and how you can intentionally feed your brain to breed more creativity. It’s […]

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SA333 Have Your Own Writing Space and Close the Door


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One thing ALL authors and creatives should do is create a dedicated space for themselves, and close the door. Sure, a lot of people can do their work at a Starbucks without being distracted, and good for them. But for the rest of us, that’s not the case. Today, Johnny talks about his own space […]

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SA332 How Do I Manage My Time?


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Do you want the pain of discipline now, or the pain of regret later? That’s what it comes down to in time management. Today, Christine talks about doing a time study and planning. She’ll help you understand the difference between what you’re doing and what you think you’re doing. Then, you can figure out what […]

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SA330 How To Create a Successful Podcast Episode


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A lot of people want to know how to start a podcast. But not enough people ask a very important question: how do I create a great podcast episode? Today, podcast expert Audra Casino explains what elements go into creating a great episode, from the branding message in the first few words to a strong […]

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SA329 Making Fear Your Bitch


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Want to overcome the fears holding you back? Us, too. In this episode of the Smarter Artist podcast, guest-host Jamie Davis talks about how fear isn’t just a barrier to success. It can also be a powerful motivator. He helps listeners develop an understanding of their fears and find that one overarching motivating fear that […]

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SA328 Give Your Character a Skill


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Today’s advice isn’t necessary, at least according to some people. They’re wrong. When you give your character a skill that doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the plot, it can seem extemporaneous. But think about it: would Marty McFly still be himself if he didn’t have a skateboarding skill? Giving your character skills can […]

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SA327 Why New Year’s Resolutions Suck


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This episode brings an end to our series of Writer’s Resolutions. They haven’t been typical resolutions; we’ve tried to provide immediately actionable ideas that will help you be a better writer. Maybe you haven’t been a fan of resolutions in the past, and if so, then today’s resolution is for you. It’s actually an anti-resolution. […]

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SA326 DO. THE. WORK.


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We’re at day four in our series of 5 Writer’s Resolutions that aren’t your typical resolutions. These are immediately actionable, things you can do today that can, if you actually DO them, change your 2017. Today’s resolution isn’t surprising, but it’s something you need to be reminded of, just because. Johnny intensely reminds you of […]

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SA325 Delete That Old Story


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This is day three in a series of 5 Writer’s Resolutions that aren’t your typical resolutions. These are immediately actionable, things you can do today that can, if you actually DO them, change your 2017. Most artists have this ONE THING that keeps them from moving on, something they’ve been picking at but making no […]

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SA324 Take 50 to 100 Dollars and Spend it on Building Your List instead of Coffee


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Today is the second  in a series of 5 Writer’s Resolutions that aren’t your typical resolutions. These are immediately actionable, things you can do today that can, if you actually DO them, change your 2017. Johnny’s up next, judging you for your coffee habit and suggesting you do something constructive instead. Seriously… this is the […]

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SA323 Call a Relative and Listen to Their Stories


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Today begins the first in a series of 5 Writer’s Resolutions that aren’t your typical resolutions. These are immediately actionable, things you can do today that can, if you actually DO them, change your 2017. We’ll start with Sean, who has an interesting take on story inspiration that’s just a phone call away. Help a […]

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SA322 Use Answers to Write More Questions


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Whenever you’re working out pre-production on your books, you start to ask a lot of questions. Naturally, you answer the questions with your narrative, but today, Johnny talks about how to use those answers to ask even more questions. Every answer is a new way to investigate what actually happens in your story, so don’t […]

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SA321 What If I’m Not Confident?


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Confidence, or the lack thereof, is something that plagues a lot of artists. Today Dave talks about why you probably should lack confidence, at least in the beginning. Confidence is earned, it’s something you gain with experience. Dave talks about how to get there without being hard on yourself, and how to get an instant […]

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SA320 There Is No Perfect Path


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Many artists spend a lot of time focusing on perfection. Whether it’s the perfect work of art, the perfect process to achieve it, and many more granular considerations, it all turns out to be a waste of time. Today Johnny talks about accepting advice as you go, and the discoveries that will get you through […]

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SA319 Why Your Characters Need Opinions


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Your opinions form who you are; the same is true of your characters. Today, Sean talks about why you need to create characters that are decisive, opinionated, and driven. Your character can even have unpopular opinions; it’s better to have an unlikable character that drives the story instead of a character no one cares about. […]

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SA317 Why You Should Have Your Characters Make Terrible Decisions


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Want a great creative exercise you can do while plotting or outlining your story? Whenever your character has a choice to make, have them make the worst one possible, and see what happens because of it. Sean talks about some great examples, including Spiderman’s other origin story, and how you can spice up your story […]

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SA316 How Do I Avoid Plot Holes?


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Plot holes aren’t just a writer’s worst nightmare. They’re also hard to see when you’re so deeply involved in writing a story. Today, Johnny talks about ways to avoid writing stories with big plot holes. From thinking logically to yourself to involving others in feedback, you have several ways to write a tight story that […]

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SA314 Why Is Exposition Bad?


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Exposition isn’t always bad, but you can tell a better story with less of it. Exposition is when you, the author, tell your reader what’s happening in a scene rather than letting your characters’ words and actions tell the story. It bogs things down. Today, Johnny talks about how to show your story instead of […]

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