3 Valuable Life Lessons I Learned From Writing My Book

Craig Stanland
3 min readJan 25, 2023

I started writing “Blank Canvas, How I Reinvented My Life After Prison” in the Otisville Federal Prison library.

I wrote 1M+ words over 6 years to arrive at the 52k words in the book.

There were many lessons learned over those 6 years; here are 3 crucial ones:

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Craig Stanland

I write about my journey from corporate success to federal prison and finding joy, mission, meaning, and fulfillment beyond professional and financial success.