Edition #48 – William Warren answers 7 questions

by | Jun 20, 2023

1. Why are you an author?

I am an author because I love to communicate. In fact, I am an author AND an illustrator because I love to communicate, and I harness both in tandem to increase impact. I love conveying ideas, stories, concepts, and more through the written word and sketched visual, so being an author is a natural extension of my gifts and passions.

2. Who are your literary inspirations?

Jon Acuff, Donald Miller, Tony Hsieh, Cal Newport, Dan Roam, Mike Rohde, Todd Henry, Seth Godin, Bill Watterson, Victor Hugo.

3. What is your writing routine?

For this book, I carved out 1 hour a day to work on it, which began with planning, research, outlining, actual writing, illustration, and now editing. I’ve been able to get most of this done with one hour a day across 5 months (although I did have some longer working sessions as we approached our deadlines).

4. Why did you write this book?

The Conquering Creative
By: William Warren

I’m writing this book to help creative people (like myself) overcome their fears and hesitations and grow an amazing creative business or career. Having successfully leveraged my creative skills and turned them into a thriving business, I think I have a lot to share that will help others do the same. I want to inspire, encourage and equip a generation of creative freelancers, entrepreneurs, side-hustlers, and gig workers to launch, grow and scale amazing creative businesses.

5. What were the biggest obstacles in writing this book?

  • Balancing running my business while also writing the book.
  • Editing down my ideas (and choosing what to leave out)
  • The volume of illustrations (there are over 150 of them!)

6. Who are the key points of this book?

  • The Creative’s Conundrum: Any creative person who wants to make a living doing their creative thing must not only be good at their craft, but also good at the BUSINESS of their craft. This doesn’t come naturally to most creatives.
  • Being good at the Business side of things is not as hard, scary, boring or overwhelming as most creatives think.
  • By shifting your thinking, your actions, and your outcomes, you can build a thriving creative business or career one bold step at a time.
  • With some simple equipping and encouraging, any creative can succeed in business.

7. Where may we find you online?