EMB #119: The Creative Compass with Sierra Prasada

The Creative Compass with Sierra Prasada who is the coauthor of this book and daughter of Dan Millman was gracious enough to join us for an interview on this episode of Exploring Mind and Body.

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.  www.sierraprasada.com

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Questions Sierra answered in the interview:

What was it like to have your father (Dan Millman), critique your work growing up and then what was it like to be able to help him with his work and offer suggestion on how he could improve his projects?

What was it like living in Lebanon, and how did learning Lebanese assist in helping you write the Creative Compass?

What is your favorite part of the Creative Compass?

In the book you talk about deadlines, how important are deadlines for you to get your projects done in everyday life?

Can you comment on what’s stated in the Creative Compass about researching to write this book?

My (Drew Taddia) favourite part of the book is where you state ‘Sometimes I say nothing and just listen, because silence is the most effective question……..silence gives stories meaning’.  Can you comment on these sentences’?

Talk about how you stated ‘we must permit ourselves to write badly’?

What was the most challenging part of writing the Creative Compass?


I was both excited and nervous to interview Sierra about the Creative Compass, although having read it only a short time before the interview I knew there are so many people out there aspiring to be authors and share their work with the world, which gave me motivation to share this interview with you all.

Sierra was well spoken, offered incredible insight, was easy to interview and even understanding with a last minute change in the interview format.  It was an absolute pleasure to host this interview. I hope you get something out of it; if you’ve ever had any thoughts of writing your own book I highly recommend the Creative Compass which talks about everything from how to start with an idea to how to market.

Thanks so much for your time Sierra, thanks for sharing your insight on the book and I’d like to wish you all the success in the world with this book and your career.

If you’re interested in the Creative Compass you can find more details here: