Mark Nepo

Today’s episode taps into the heart and soul of the Write-minded message (and cornerstone of NaNoWriMo)—that everyone’s story matters. Guest Mark Nepo talks about writing as a birthright, and Brooke and Grant muse over how writing became an elitist endeavor, and why we should challenge that. Fear of inadequacy, scarcity thinking, and imposter syndrome are on the agenda, but don’t worry, facing these things head on will often dilute their power—and Mark leaves us with some profound thoughts about self-expression and being (rather than doing) the work of writing.


Mark Nepo inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark is the author of 20 books and has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time.” Mark has appeared several times with Oprah Winfrey on “Super Soul Sunday,” and was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit magazine as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. Discover more about Mark at and find him on Twitter @marknepo.

Writing Action: Journaling Inquiry

Many of Mark’s books have writing and journaling prompts, so this episode’s writing action comes from Mark. Write down your earliest experiences of being creative or expressive. Identify one of those experiences and let it unfold over a few pages of free-writing. How did that creativity or expressiveness make you feel? What were some of the qualities of that early experience?

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