Welcome, welcome. Please come in, the water is warm (and no, I didn’t pee in it).

I forgot the fog machine and unicorn of destiny in my other pants (which I swear to only wear on occasion), so we’ll have to settle for a more straightforward introduction.

My name is Brett Henley - and I am a writer.

I know, I know - you were probably expecting impressively strategic copy with neon signs and trumpet bearers leading you down the page to a big fat promise of “finding your dream life (and truck loads of money) in only 27.5 steps.”

I am really just a writer - not a guru, life coach, passionpreneur, personal brand or otherwise.

For me, writing is the lens through which I explore what it really means to be human. Stories and the creative process are my frame for the chaos and dysfunction that comes with it.

I'm also kind of a sucker for honesty and authenticity.


Because I believe we need a hell of a lot more truth in our daily diets than we're currently ingesting. Not strategic truth, carbon copied truth or truth machine-gunned from the pez dispenser of online influence.

I’m talking the kind of truth that most people are terrified of. A truth that has no ceiling, holds nothing in chains, promises nothing in return but a direct reflection of what we are willing to give.

I create to better understand my relationship with this truth; to encourage and inspire other artists and creators like myself to cultivate it as a foundation of their work; and to offer anyone that desires a stronger connection to their humanity a little light to help them dig a bit deeper into the dark and scary shit.

What you’ll find here:

I write and publish books - both nonfiction and fiction.

I host a podcast that explores self awareness for artists and creators.

I write essays on the the intersection of creativity, humanity and truth on Medium

What you won’t find here:

Link bait, empty promises, surface-level manifestos offering success in a predetermined number of steps, email rabbit holes that lock you into an endless consumption cycle, smoke screens of hype offering you the latest and greatest guaranteed formula for success.

Honestly, if you’re looking for someone to tell you how to be creative, make money being creative or build a platform for making money teaching others how to be creative - I’m not your guy.

For now, you can sign up below to be the first to know when this truth canoe hits the water. 

To truth and humanity,