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John David Mann on the Art & Craft of Storytelling

The Daily Writer with Kent Sanders

Release Date: 06/11/2022

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The Daily Writer with Kent Sanders

Just a quick note to let you know we’re taking a short break from our daily episodes. Over the next month, I’ll be finishing the second draft of the Daily Writer book that releases on November 1st, and I’ll also be making several major improvements to our Daily Writer Club as well as my main website, . When the podcast returns on August 15th, we will be featuring not one, but TWO weekly interviews with amazing writers and creatives. In addition, we’ll be continuing our several-month-long series on The Writer’s Path, which is a framework for building a writing-based business. In the...

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The Daily Writer with Kent Sanders

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We’ve spent the last couple of weeks talking about several milestones in The Writer’s Path. I want to emphasize again that these are not necessarily sequential in the sense that you can’t move on to the next one until the current one is completed. Rather, these are all just pieces of the larger puzzle of a writing business, and you will continually refine them as you go along. Today I want to share three primary benefits of approaching your writing business in the way I’ve suggested, using The Writer’s Path: On this episode, you’ll discover three key ways that The Writer’s Path...

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The Daily Writer with Kent Sanders

Now we’ve come to the final milestone in The Writer’s Path, which is simply this: Practice key habits for wellness, productivity, and success. Why it’s important: Without key habits, you will burn out or have some sort of a train wreck. I have seen it too many times in my life. I have even seen it the last few years with some writers and entrepreneurs I know who got very successful, then they crashed and burned in their personal lives. On this episode, Kent shares why it’s vital to create habits that increase your physical, emotional, mental, and relational health and help you...

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The Daily Writer with Kent Sanders

So far, we have talked about getting clear on your message and audience, choosing your platforms, writing consistently, publishing books, and expanding your network. Once you have those in place, then you are ready to take advantage of Milestone #6: Create streams of income based on your writing and services. Why it’s important: All of the successful writers I know personally have multiple streams of income. This mitigates risk and lets you grow several streams that can support you. They are also intertwined, and if you think like a business owner, you can always create new streams.  On...

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The Daily Writer with Kent Sanders

So far, we have talked about getting clear on your message and audience, choosing your platforms, writing consistently, publishing books, and expanding your network. Once you have those in place, then you are ready to take advantage of Milestone #6: Create streams of income based on your writing and services. Why it’s important: All of the successful writers I know personally have multiple streams of income. This mitigates risk and lets you grow several streams that can support you. They are also intertwined, and if you think like a business owner, you can always create new streams.  On...

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The Daily Writer with Kent Sanders

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The Daily Writer with Kent Sanders

So far in this series, we have looked at the importance of getting clear on your audience and message, building the platforms where you will share your content, and writing consistently. That brings us to Milestone #4: Publishing and marketing books that solve problems for your reader. Why it’s important: Books give you credibility and authority that you cannot get any other way. Books are also a super convenient way for you to share your wisdom with people. On this episode, Kent shares what you should focus on as you write to solve problems for your readers.  *** Check out my NEW...

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The Daily Writer with Kent Sanders

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There are many different types of writing—journalism, novels, short stories, nonfiction, blog posts, graphic novels, and a hundred others. But one thing that ties all writing together is storytelling.

Stories are the way we process information and make sense of our lives. Therefore, it is critical that we learn how to construct and weave stories the best way can. It’s a craft I am still very much learning, and I’m thrilled that our guest today is here to help us learn to be better storytellers.

John David Mann is coauthor of more than thirty books, including four New York Times bestsellers and five national bestsellers, including The Go-Giver (coauthored with Bob Burg). The Go-Giver has sold over 1 million copies and won the 2017 Living Now Book Awards Evergreen Medal for its “contributions to positive global change.” John is married to Ana Gabriel Mann and considers himself the luckiest mann in the world. 

You might remember that I had both John and Ana here on the podcast as guests a couple of months ago to share about their new book, The Go-Giver Marriage. I have the pleasure today of talking to John about this even newer book that was released just this week: Cold Fear, which he wrote with Brandon Webb. This is a sequel to their previous novel, Steel Fear, which was very successful.

In this conversation, we dive into all things storytelling. I get to ask John about his experience as a ghostwriter and collaborator, the biggest challenges of writing a sequel, the ins and outs of writing a novel, how to write an action scene, how to start a story, and much more.

You can learn more about John David Mann or pick up his awesome books below:

Get a copy of John’s free ebook, How To Write Good (Or At Least, Gooder)

Steel Fear by Brandon Webb & John David Mann

Cold Fear by Brandon Webb & John David Mann

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The Go-Giver Marriage: A Little Story About the 5 Secrets to Lasting Love  by John David Mann & Ana Gabriel Mann

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