Your backstage pass to the world’s most prolific authors

JD Barker
Christine Daigle
Kevin Tumlinson
Jena Brown

What does it take to succeed as a writer? Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, Kevin Tumlinson and Jena Brown as they pull back the curtain and gain rare insight from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide.

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Bestseller David Kadavy has dedicated his work to helping authors and creatives rethink productivity. In his bestselling book, Mind Management, Not Time Management, he explores the limits of creativity and the importance of structure, self-awareness, and self-control to writers. David is a bestseller author of mostly shorter nonfiction, but has also won praise for longer pieces like The Heart to Start and Design for Hackers. To purchase Mind Management, follow the link below. 


David Kadavy is a bestselling author whose books help people be productive when creativity matters. He was design advisor for behavioral scientist Dan Ariely’s productivity app, Timeful, where David’s “mind management” principles were applied to features now used by millions – in Google Calendar. He lives in Medellín, Colombia. Follow him on Twitter or Instagram at @kadavy.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • What is dirty electricity
  • The email that changed David’s life
  • How he transitioned from writing blogs to books
  • The psychology of writing
  • What makes stories memorable


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Mind Management, Not Time Management

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Three Story Method: Writing Scenes – 

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Nonfic Rubric –  

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Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life – and Atticus –

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Voice Over by Rick Ganley – and recorded at Mill Pond Studio –

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  1. Christopher Wills

    2 years ago  

    Great interview. I love ‘outside the box’ marketing and wonder why more people don’t try it. But it sounds like one also needs to include pseudo events as part of the package. There’s a non-fiction book for you J: ‘Out of the box marketing for book sales.’
    I am going to buy David K’s book 3 on follow through and finishing as I have completed novels on my laptop in permanent edit.
    Reference cutting, I heard someone recently say: ‘Write a lot and fast. Then remove everything that isn’t the story.’ Shades of Michelangelo explaining how he carved David.
    Totally agree with David (he gets around) and Zach: “I try to create situations where lucky things happen.” I love that quote.
    Hang on I may have a temperature – is agreeing with Zach fatal?
    Enjoyed the interview today.

  2. J. Thorn

    2 years ago  

    Not fatal, but worrisome. LOL!

    Thanks for listening 😉

  3. Stephanie Bond

    2 years ago  

    Terrific interview and topic! Favorited this episode. Ordered the audiobook to listen to on an upcoming drive. Thanks, guys!

  4. J. Thorn

    2 years ago  

    You’re welcome, Steph! Thanks for listening.

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