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Kent Nerburn on creativity

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Author Kent Nerburn, best known for his "Neither Wolf nor Dog" books began his latest book after receiving a letter asking for advice on living a creative life. "Dancing with the Gods: Reflections on Life and Art" describes Nerburn's own journey from being a sculptor to a writer, and the decisions he made along the way.
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Kent Nerburn has spent his life being creative, whether that is as a sculptor or a writer. One day Nerburn received a letter from a fan named Jennifer doubting her choice to dedicate herself to art. The letter lead Nerburn to reflect on how art came to play such a large role in his life and what advice he'd give young artist. That is how "Dancing with the Gods: Reflections on Life and Art" came about.

"I'm happy if everyone reads it and everyone enjoys it," Nerburn said. "But if I can get to the Jennifers of the world, that's what I really want."

MPR News host Euan Kerr sat down with Nerburn to talk about what he says to creatives who doubt themselves and their art. 

To listen to the full discussion you can use the audio player above.