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.

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 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

The Writer’s Lens – E52: A Writer’s Lust Is Not A Labor Of Love

This is number five of seven on the road to completing the “seven deadly sins” series here on The Writer’s Lens. And as such, I’m almost certain this week’s topic will entice people’s interest for probably the wrong reasons. Because this week’s sin is the sin of Lust; a state of being which incites thoughts of physical euphoria – not about the hindrance of writing pursuits.

However, I think I found a way to tie this one in. And though this won’t be an exercise in writing erotica or anything like that, it will be an exploration into what we can become infatuated by. Namely, our ideas, our processes, and our identity as writers.

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.

The Writer’s Lens – E51: Wrath And Writing

Two things that naturally seem to go together – anger and written expression. Many artists find their inspiration in the bowels of deep-rooted anger. And for good reason: anger can be a powerful tool in the hands of a writer. It can make us feel like we have direction; like, we have a grander purpose moving us forward.

Wrath, as it were, takes that angry feeling one step further – it gives justification to the anger we feel. A crime has been committed and is in need of being rectified. This episode is an exploration into how wrath integrates itself into our writing pursuits. And how that can be a detriment in the long run.

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