Welcome to My Blog
Hi, I’m Kent. I’m a writer, creative coach, editor, and college prof. I created this blog for people just like you—artists who are looking for resources, tips, and practical inspiration to fulfill their creative calling.
Michelangelo once said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” I’m here to help you chip away the excess and give you wings to fly with creative freedom.
I write a couple of articles per week, usually focusing on some aspect of the creative process. Creativity is a broad subject and it touches every aspect of our lives. That’s why you’ll find posts related to writing, productivity, attitude, relationships, movies and the arts, and much more.
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How I Can Help You
Here are links to a number of different resources for artists, writers, and creatives. (If this is your first time visiting my blog, head on over to my Start Here page.)
If you want to read some of my best content, check out these posts:
- The Best Way to Spark Your Creativity (or, What I’ve Learned from Substitute Teaching)
- It’s Only Art
- 5 Lies I Believed About Depression
- How to Make Time for the Creative Work You Love
- 10 Questions to Help You Discover Your Life’s Purpose
- Are These 3 Fears Holding You Back?
- 15 Essential Books for Artists
- 10 Movies That Will Blow Your Creative Mind
If you want a short, practical guide to help you unlock your creative potential, check out my book The Artist’s Suitcase: 26 Essentials for the Creative Journey.
If you want a detailed list of practical resources for writing, creativity, and blogging, visit the “Resources” tab at the top of the page, or click here.
If you are interested in writing a guest post for my blog, click here.
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What Others Are Saying
Kent’s writing strikes a chord deep within people’s hearts about topics that matter to them. —Eric Elder, Founder of TheRanch.org
Kent writes in a way that any artist can relate to, giving engaging examples and advice you’ll want to hold onto; his ideas are invaluable. —Ally Keaton, Program Director of The Global Village Project
Kent encouraged me to take action, and helped me define clear action steps to take next. —Anna Linh Berg, Songwriter and Performing Artist
I grew up in the small town of Potosi, Missouri and was active in theater, band, and vocal groups in high school. Although my major in college was preaching ministry, my real interest was always the arts. I spent several years in college traveling with a music team and leading worship.
After college, my wife Melanie and I moved to northern Illinois, where I was a worship pastor for a number of years. During this time I completed a Master of Divinity as well as a Master of Arts in Worship Studies from Lincoln Christian University. (My Master’s thesis was on the topic of worship leadership in the Bible, and you can download it here. I’d recommend loading up on caffeine since it’s not what you would call light reading …)
In 2004 we moved to Missouri when I was invited to join the faculty of St. Louis Christian College, where I still teach today. I teach courses in arts, technology, guitar, film, theology, and worship leading. I also direct our online program.
In addition to teaching, I also work with creatives through coaching and other services. You can find out more about working with me on this page.
I’m the author of two books: The Artist’s Suitcase: 26 Essentials for the Creative Journey and 30 Days of Evernote for Churches. My hobbies include reading, writing, playing guitar (a Taylor 414ce), watching movies, and hanging out with my family.
Melanie and I have been married for 20 years and have an awesome son named Ben. We also have a neurotic cat named Sandy and an emotionally needs Australian shepherd named Madison. We live just outside St. Louis.
Some of my favorite things:
Favorite authors: Robert Greene, Seth Godin, Henri Nouwen, Stephen King, Steven Pressfield, Donald Miller
Favorite movies: The Dark Knight, Citizen Kane, Back to the Future trilogy, Chinatown, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Raiders of the Lost Ark
Favorite musicians: The Beatles, John Mayer, Miles Davis, Journey, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Curtis Chapman, U2
Ways to Connect
If you enjoy the content on the blog, or if you just want to say hello, shoot me an email. I would love to hear from you!
You can also find me on the following social networks (I’m most active on Facebook and Twitter):
Photo credits: J. Paul Tindall (individual pic); Melanie Sanders (family pic)