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The Creative Compass
Authors : Dan Millman & Sierra Prasada's Creative Compass Excerpts

The Creative Compass Excerpts

Spotlight On ‘Compass’Authors Dan Millman and Sierra Prasada

Dan Millman and Sierra PrasadaDAN MILLMAN, a former world champion gymnast, university coach, and college professor, has written 16 books read by millions of readers in 29 languages. Dan’s work includes fiction and nonfiction, two children's books, and a first-draft screenplay for Way of the Peaceful Warrior, released by Universal Pictures in 2007. For three decades he has worked with publishers large and small; represented himself and partnered with top literary agents; toured the U.S. and overseas; and given hundreds of media interviews for radio, television, print, and online video. A popular international teacher and speaker, Dan delivers keynotes, seminars, and workshops for professional and private clients and associations, and has also taught at numerous writing conferences and retreats. Learn more at

SIERRA PRASADA is the author of Creative Lives: Portraits of Lebanese Artists. While living in Beirut between 2007 and 2011, she reported on Lebanon for radio and magazines and gained proficiency in spoken and written Arabic. Now based in Washington, D.C., she works as a freelance journalist, workshop teacher, and editor. Sierra previously contributed curricula to the New York Times Learning Network and earned a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism in Chicago. Her current undertakings include a ten-year 20th Century Project, a screenplay adaptation, and other fiction and nonfiction projects. Learn more at

Creative Compass Excerpts

The Creative Compass

In the Creative Compass co-authors Millman and Prasada 'identify and explore five universal stages of creativity: Dream, Draft, Develop, Refine, and Share. Their book prepares writers and storytellers to generate ideas with which the strongly connect; move through doubt and inertia; find their way to fulfilling personal rituals; and write in layers so as to develop professional quality work.'

Creativity Portal is pleased to present the following excerpts from Creative Compass with permission by New World Publishing.

Sense and Sensibility
We need authors to pay attention to both sense and sensibility so we can at once lose and find ourselves as we read.

Allegiance to Story
How to approach your manuscript as an early reader might, so that you may gain insight into how to transform it as a writer.

Creative Compass Q & A
Authors Dan Millman and Sierra Prasada respond to questions about The Creative Compass: Writing Your Way from Inspiration to Publication.

Updated 1/5/14