Why Cursing is Not a Sign of a More Realistic Story

Here is a link to an article I did on this subject. Of all the vices, cursing tends to be the sexiest and the most socially acceptable. But does it add anything to a story? Specifically in the area of realism?

That’s what I’m trying to explore and engage with in this discussion. What do you think?

A podcast episode will be soon to follow unpacking this idea further.

Narrative Wars 06: We Are Told We Can Change The World – Can We?

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been told I could “change the world”. And like most writers-in-training, this concept spoke to me deeply. If my words were delivered well, then perhaps I could make that dream a reality. I could “change” the world for the better. I could be of influence. I could be of some impact in this place while I’m here.

But who says the world is bad to begin with? Is there truly a responsibility we have to fix the world if it is? These are some narratives I’ll be exploring with this episode of the #NarrativeWars on The Writer’s Lens.

Narrative Wars 05: How Do We Develop Our Worldviews?

You may or may not know the story of the Hitchens brothers – Christopher, the elder, and Peter, the younger.

Christopher was a prominent figure in the anti-religion, pro-atheistic worldview camp while Peter is a well-known voice for the pro-faith, Christian community. Their philosophies would have them at odds, but both men share the same mother and father. Their bloodline could not be tighter. And yet, each man arrived at a very different way to interpret the world.

How did this happen? Aren’t we all just slaves to our DNA? Or is there something else at play rather than blood and guts and bone?

On this episode of the #NarrativeWars, I begin to unpack what causes us to formulate our worldviews. And how stories tend to reflect and / or challenge our personal ideologies in the process. Keyword here: personal.

The Writer’s Lens – E55: Pride Before The Fall, They Say

Episode 55: Pride Before The Fall, They Say

I’m proud to consider myself a writer. I throw ideas into the abyss and see what others think. It’s fun, if not terrifying, at times. If you have something you enjoy, then you’re likely to have a sense of pride about it too.

Which is why we don’t think of Pride as being a negative; it’s almost always associated with something positive. Our mainstream attitudes view Pride as something which gives us strength. It gives us identity, even. But as I’ve explored with every other vice, Pride doesn’t always yield positive results.

So to wrap up my Seven Deadly Sins series on creativity, I find it fitting that I cover the sin of Pride last as it’s the one we’d least like to part ourselves with.

The Writer’s Lens – E54: Needing To Clarify Some Things About My First Two Books

Recently, I’ve been talking about my first two books – the Epiphanies, Theories, and Downright Good Thoughts… series and I realized that I need to address a couple of things.

Namely, 1) why I stopped writing them and 2) why I am not ashamed of them either.

Like any other writer / artist, we all have growing pains, but sometimes the growing is something a little more drastic than changing a couple sentences. Here’s my explanation.

The Writer’s Lens – Episode 53: Sloth And Writing…When You Can’t Adult

Sin number six of seven is Sloth. Probably the one vice least associated with anything really bad.

But since it’s on the list, I unpack how Sloth and laziness – surprise surprise – thwarts our creative journey. There’s a little more at stake than mere procrastination. There’s calling, giftings, and missed opportunities for the creative who has a unique message.

The Writer’s Lens – Interview 16: Jordan Raynor, “All Writers Are Entrepreneurs”

Jordan Raynor is the national bestselling author of Called to Create, a book that was birthed out of Jordan’s desire to speak into the reasons for why we create what we create. You can find our YouTube interview here.

Over the course of several years and even more interviews, Called to Create was released in November of 2017 and will now be followed up by Master of One, due out in January 2020.

Jordan is a speaker and self-described serial entrepreneur – a title he says applies to anyone who writes; for all writers are entrepreneurs at heart. My interview with Jordan was a special treat as I have read his book and felt strongly impacted by it. We discuss a wide array of topics including how to be more disciplined, our identities apart from work, and Jordan’s path to publication.

For the audio-only version of the podcast, you can check it out here.

And you can find out more about Jordan by visiting his website at http://www.jordanraynor.com and follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The Narrative Wars 04: When We Disagree With Big Narratives

We don’t always agree with the stories we’re told. Some we brush off as insignificant while some require further inspection on our behalf. But sometimes we might feel compelled enough to go out and counter what we’ve heard. In essence, something has stirred us to action.

That being said, what are some things we do when we don’t like what we are hearing? And how might that response tie into the way we write and tell story?

The Narrative Wars 04: When We Disagree With Big Narratives

Narrative Wars 03: Who Is Responsible For The ‘Big Narratives’?

Ever wonder who is responsible for making the big narratives? Is it a person? Is it people? Is it merely an idea that gives a narrative legs and makes it run?

This episode of The Writer’s Lens explores these questions in Episode 3 of the #NarrativeWars.

Narrative Wars 02: Your Life Is Part Of A Bigger Story

Do you feel that is true? Do you feel like it’s not true?

Whether we choose to admit it or not, our lives are entangled in bigger stories. In this episode, we’ll explore the concept of a Macro-Narrative – the ‘big picture’; and the Micro-Narrative – the individual’s actual experience.

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