Narrative Wars 08: What Is A Human Life Worth?

What is a life worth? More importantly, what is a human life worth?

This episode of The Writer’s Lens attempts to explore the many narratives which surround this very energized topic. A bit on the ranty side, I’ll admit, but my hope is that you will hang with me throughout. Especially if you’re someone who enjoys a good rant. If not, just do your best. That’s all anyone can ever ask.

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.

Podcast Guest Appearance: Despite Popular Belief with Erik Marti and Stephen Lauterbach

On The Writer’s Lens, I am usually the one doing the interviewing, but this past week, I got to be a guest on another podcast, Despite Popular Belief, with Erik Marti and Stephen Lauterbach. Erik and Stephen discuss Biblical worldview on a variety of cultural hot topics like, self-love, bumper sticker evangelism, and even alien abductions.

More recently, they did an episode on being the image bearers of God – what does that look like? Why do we create what we create? And do our expressions have any correlation to this idea of being “image bearers”?

I was fortunate to give my own two cents (and more, of course) on what that looks like through the lens of a creative writer.

You can check out the full episode and interview here. And if you like what you heard, be sure to check out some of their other episodes too via Soundcloud, iTunes or Spotify.

You can find Despite Popular Belief on Facebook and Instagram too.

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 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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The Narrative Wars: 01 – What Is Your Life’s Story?

Welcome to the #NarrativeWars

There are stories happening all around us. And they are all competing for our attention. Some are explored in book or film format. Others are occurring in real time. And some walk the line between fiction and fact.

In these shorter episodes, I’ll be exploring some big (and small) narrative ideas; starting with the narrative of our own lives. What does that look like? Is my personal story true of whom I want to be? Or am I trying to be something else, driven by someone else’s words?

These agreements can shape our identities. The story we are living can be out of a true self, or a false one. So with this episode, I start exploring this concept and why we latch onto certain narratives.

Guest Appearance – “Jesus Smart: The Podcast” with Brian Del Turco

In case you missed it, I was fortunate to be a return guest on Jesus Smart: The Podcast this past week. It’s my second time conversing with fellow content creator Brian Del Turco, the voice of Jesus Smart, and this time around we discussed goal-setting for the new year and how that plays a role in establishing our personal narratives.

To check out the full episode, you can check out the following links:

 

And here are the links to our prior conversation (broken into two parts) from my first appearance:

 

The “Pens of Steel” Group Discussion Special: Competing in the Sea of Voices

The Internet is a sea of voices and narratives.

In part 2 of this group discussion special, the Pens continue the dialogue on “what is a digital voice” – while transitioning into another frequently asked question: how do we compete with so many other messages? Should we be focused on beating other voices? Or should we just focus on our own message?

Clockwise from top to bottom: Josh “J.C.L.” Faltot, Brian Del Turco, Willie Scott, and Brent Mclaughlin – The “Pens of Steel”

Jump back in with Part 2 and just in case you missed Part 1, you’re in luck – you can click here to check it out and get back up to speed.

And for more info on the rest of the group, here are some links below:

Brian Del Turco, owner / operator of LifeVoiceQuest

Website: http://www.lifevoicequest.com/

Podcast: http://www.jesussmart.com/

 

Willie Scott, co-founder of Better Than Blended and T.K.I. Publishing

Website: https://betterthanblended.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/betterthanblended/?hl=en

 

Brent Mclaughlin, writer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brent.mclaughlin