#1,000…and counting

Thanks to all who have been tuning into my podcast, The Writer’s Lens.

This past week, I hit the 1,000 downloads mark so thanks for being a part of the creative / writing journey with me!

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.

And just in case you missed the latest and greatest, I started a new series (beginning with Episode 40), where I’ll be (hopefully) going from inception to publication for my second book, The Shadow Of Mars. Be sure to tune in or share with anyone you think may benefit from following along in this process.

Till next time.

J.C.L.

The Writer’s Lens – E40: Getting That Idea (Book) Out Of Your Head And Onto Paper

We all have that ONE idea. We all have something we think is worth sharing with others. For a writer like me, I have lots of ideas; ideas I’d like to see become a book someday. Maybe even a feature-length film. But, before any of those things can take place, I have to do one thing: get started. I have to put my thoughts to paper (or keyboard) and then see how my idea is coming together.

On the surface, this sounds simple; maybe even easy. Yet as we go through the process of fleshing out our thoughts, we find the further we go, the more difficult things tend to get. Or disappointing. And even downright demoralizing.

For this new series on The Writer’s Lens, I’ll be starting at ground zero. Specifically, starting and (hopefully) ending with the self-publishing of my next novel, The Shadow of Mars. So the format for the next line of episodes will be centered around this process. Hope you enjoy and find some great takeaways from this new series I’ll be tackling. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you’ll hear:

1. Have an idea you think / feel is worth sharing (and one that YOU are interested in)

2. Start writing it down – outline or “by the seat of your pants” start writing it out (Outliners vs. Pantsers, per Jerry Jenkins)

3. Plan a time of day to work on your project (tough one for creatives) 

4. Learn what parts of the day you work BEST (efficiency, without distraction, free flow, etc.) 

5. Do not prematurely share your work with others (those who aren’t editors, nay-sayers, etc.)

6. Find a community of like-minded creatives; those who could protect your ideas as much as they will give honest feedback 

 

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Source: The Writer’s Lens – E40: Getting That Idea (Book) Out Of Your Head And Onto Paper

The Writer’s Lens – E39: Is Writing (And Telling) Story The Best Way To Combat Evil?

Do writers have a unique burden? And when we say, “burden”, are writers charged with reinforcing – and defining – how to fight the evils of the world?

Storytelling, much like art, is left up to the individual’s interpretation. Yet, if we follow our most popular stories closely, there are prominent themes that continually pop up. Themes of virtue, righteous acts, humility, and courage, to name a few. In this way, stories reflect something deep within each of us. And each generation presses into the greatest aches and pains of its lifetime by exploring these in story form.

So, in this episode – as I wrap up this short series on heroes and villains – I talk through the (possible) responsibility of writers in this area. How it’s more than just therapy and self-exaltation. How, as we write about what ails us, we learn what we perceive to be the evils worth fighting in this world.

Source: The Writer’s Lens – E39: Is Writing (And Telling) Story The Best Way To Combat Evil?

The Writer’s Lens – E38: Are Villains More Fun To Write Than Heroes?

Source: The Writer’s Lens – E38: Are Villains More Fun To Write Than Heroes?

 

“Truth is stranger than fiction.” – Mark Twain

This old adage, as coined by the late Mark Twain, speaks about the nature by which truth can sometimes outweigh our sense of imagination. What happens in our waking life can seem more incredulous than the most extravagant and imaginative fiction.

And with that in mind, are fictional villains just constructs of our darkest imaginations? Or are they proper reflections of ourselves? And if the latter is true, why is it more fun – from a writer’s perspective – to come up with a really good villain, as opposed to a really great hero?

In this episode, I unpack some of my own experiences with writing villains. And why – from a creative standpoint – making a great villain can sometimes be more enjoyable than writing a great hero.

The Writer’s Lens – E37: Villains…What Are They Exactly?

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Just as the title implies, what makes up a villain anyway? I’m sure if we all thought long enough, we could come up with various versions of what we thought a villain was. What he looked like. What he sounded like. What his motivations were. And even what story he’d fit in best.  

In this episode, I take a break from talking about heroes and dive into what makes a really good villain (strange or exciting as that may sound). Is it looks? Is it speech? is it a really cool weapon? There are plenty of factors that can make up a really good villain. But, if there’s one thing that unites them all, it’s this: a forceful opposition to the hero of the story they are a part of.    

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The Writer’s Lens – E36: If We All Know We Are Supposed To Be The Hero, Then Why Aren’t We?

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We idolize heroes. We emulate them too. But, which is easier to do? Not a trick question – it’s the former. 

When it comes to heroes and the heroic deeds we read about, it’s easy to sit back and marvel as a bystander might. Yet, something inside all of us tugs at our hearts. We yearn to not only see and pay witness to heroes; we want to be heroes too. 

But, as our lives unfold, we learn how being the hero is no easy feat. As Joseph Campbell points out in his “Hero’s Journey”, the first test of any great hero tale is when the ordinary character crosses the threshold from the familiar to the unfamiliar. From the known to the unknown. From the predictable to the unpredictable. 

And that’s what this episode is all about: moving from what’s known to what’s unknown. I take a deeper look at why it’s so hard for us to be heroes in real life. How we love predictability and how, if we can, we’d prefer to stay with what’s comfortable rather than what’s uncomfortable but potentially good for us in the long run. Additionally, I share some of my own experiences where I’ve seen real heroism in action. Namely, from my own parents. 

Oh, and I give a plug for why I consider writing to be heroic in its own right. Because, well, of course writing is heroic in some way, shape, or form…right? 

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Support for “The Writer’s Lens”

If you’ve been wondering how to support my new podcast, The Writer’s Lens, then there’s a few ways to do so:

Listen

This may seem like a no-brainer, but the growth of any program relies on its viewership. More listens generate more opportunities for other potential listeners to find out about The Writer’s Lens. And don’t worry, there are no quizzes or exams waiting at the end of any episode…maybe.

Share and / or Subscribe

Sharing is caring. Well, unless you’re five and your parents make you do it. Either way, sharing the podcast can make others aware of what The Writer’s Lens can offer. Especially for those actively seeking the kind of content we are working on and could be of benefit to them. Have a creative friend? Someone who loves storytelling? Someone who wants to hear from entrepreneurs and creatively-minded folks? It’s encouraging to know there’s a community out there that can help you. And on that note, I’ll add that as therapeutic or fun as this can be for me personally, I’d love to see growth in other people’s lives too. The gain we get is the gain we give.

Comment / E-Mail

This may be the most frightening aspect of social media: asking for comments. We all know how treacherous the Internet highways can be so why ask for feedback? Well, because engagement creates opportunity for growth. There are always good topics I’d like to do, but may not be aware people are looking for them to be discussed. Seeing how my audience is responding helps me key into what’s working. Or what isn’t. So again, if you like what we are doing – let us know. Don’t like we are doing? Let us know that too. Gently.

Support Though Monetary Donation

There are always costs associated with doing something. Be it the time we spend or the materials we require. So, if you aren’t always able to share, subscribe or the like, you can always provide a monetary donation to help The Writer’s Lens keep moving forward, but even more so, enable this podcast to get better than what it was yesterday. Not to mention (but I will), there are some cool rewards available for those who give above and beyond.

You can check out those rewards by going here. And again, you can find The Writer’s Lens on Podbean, iTunes, and even YouTube.

Thanks in advance and talk with you all again soon!

– J.C.L.

 

The Writer’s Lens – E35: What Is The “Hero’s Journey?”

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The late Joseph Campbell, a former professor of literature at Sarah Lawrence College, coined a popular phrase in the mid-20th century known as “The Hero’s Journey.” Campbell had been studying the significance of storytelling. And how we tend to gravitate towards a particular formula – one which Campbell authored with The Hero of a Thousand Faces. 

In this episode, I go through Campbell’s outline of the Hero’s Journey. Thanks to movieoutline.com for providing a handy 12-step guide on how to assess Campbell’s monomyth, aka the Hero’s Journey. This will be the beginning of a multi-episode section where I talk about heroes and their impact on culture and society. 

And P.S. if you’d like to support this channel, then please do so by heading over to my crowdfunding page. You can find it on patron.podbean.com/jclfaltot. 

Enjoy! 

Facebook Launch Interview – Dr. Robert Snyder, author of “Why Did Daddy Have To Leave?”

About a week ago, I was fortunate to take part in Dr. Rober Snyder’s Book Launch event for Why Did Daddy Have To Leave? – a children’s book detailing the things a child may go through when his parent goes off to war. Dr. Snyder is an Iraqi war veteran and fellow author friend of mine, among other titles including educator and P90X instructor.

Below I’ve included a link to the full interview where I take Rob through his inspiration to write the book as well as what his time was like overseas.

Here’s that link: Click here

And P.S. – please excuse the slight lapse in sound with the video (I’ll go ahead and take the blame for the connection speed if need be, Rob).

The Writer’s Lens – E34: Heroes and Anti-Heroes – Which Do You Prefer?

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We love heroes. We aspire to be like them. We adore what makes them great. And we want to be around them. 

Yet, as much as we love heroes, we also have an adoration for anti-heroes too. You know, the lone wolves. The girls who diverge from conventional attitudes; the single-minded warriors. Anti-heroes have as much sway in our culture as the tried and true heroes. 

But, why? What makes them attractive? If the anti-hero is not the standard of excellence, then why gravitate towards them? 

In this episode, I take a deeper look at why we love both types of heroes. And even how the time of our life can be a big reason for it. 

P.S. be sure to check out my Facebook live launch party with Dr. Robert Snyder and his book, Why Did Daddy Have to Leave? This book is a follow up to What Is A Veteran, Anyway? – a children’s book detailing what veterans are and what those in the armed services do for the United States. 

You can find Dr. Snyder at https://www.robertsnyderbooks.com/