The Writer’s Lens – Episode 50: Me? A Greedy Writer? Come On Now….

This episode is all about Greed – another of the Seven Deadly Sins most commonly associated with a love of money.

So, keeping that in mind, how might we avoid the pitfalls of becoming too “Greedy” with our creative works? Let’s discuss and find out.

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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.

March Recap – “The Writer’s Lens”

Here are some of the episodes you may – or may not – have caught this month:

Interview 14: EG Graves, “A Mistaken Identity”

  • Eric “EG” Graves has been writing plays for much of his adult life and recently has brought another to the stage with Mistaken Identity. EG explains how stage plays and motion pictures can differ and where his life as a playwright began. Video link here.

Episode 48: How Can Envy Kill Our Creative Pursuits?

  • The first of the “Seven Deadly Sins” series I’m embarking on. How can these ageless vices affect our creative journeys?

Interview 15: Austin Gohn, “Discovering Rest In A Restless Age”

Episode 49: Can We Be Gluttons For Our Writing? 

  • How can an obsession with food derail our writing lives? Well, there’s more to Gluttony than food cravings.

Be sure to tell someone you know about The Writer’s Lens if you think he / she would benefit from tuning in. You can find me on YouTube and Facebook too. Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

The Writer’s Lens – E49: Can We Be ‘Gluttons’ For Our Writing?

Gluttony is yet another member of the seven deadly sins. A sin most commonly associated with eating excessively, but Gluttony can also be associated with chasing after status or symbols of status and power. So, keeping that in mind, how might ‘gluttonous’ actions cause our creative and / or writing ventures to get derailed?

That’s the focus of this episode, as well as being part of my continued exploration into how each of the seven deadly sins can hinder our writing and creative expression.

And in case you missed it, I tackled Gluttony’s close cousin, Envy, in a previous episode.

The Writer’s Lens – Interview 15: Austin Gohn, “Discovering Rest In A Restless Age”

Austin Gohn is the author of the (now available) book, A Restless Age: How St. Augustine Helps You Make Sense Of Your Twenties.

My interview with Austin focuses on his path to publishing as well as his individual story – what inspired him to write a book for young adults and why the words of St. Augustine find relevance even in the 21st century.

For more on Austin, you can visit his website here or follow him on Twitter @austingohn

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The Writer’s Lens – Episode 48: How Can Envy Kill Our Creative Pursuits?

You may have heard of the seven deadly sins. There’s Greed, Gluttony, Lust, Pride, Wrath, Sloth, and…Envy. Of those seven, I find Envy to be the least talked about. Or rather, it’s the least recognized of the seven. In this solo episode, I talk about why I think Envy can be a major hindrance on our writing pursuits.

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The Writer’s Lens – Interview 14: EG Graves, “A Mistaken Identity”

A Mistaken Identity

That’s the name of Eric “EG” Graves’ upcoming play, which will be featured at the Breen Performing Arts Center in Cleveland, OH on Saturday, March 23, 2019. I was fortunate to chat with Mr. Graves prior to the release and get his thoughts on playwriting and how he came to become a playwright himself.

My interview with EG expands upon the story of the man behind the play and what inspired him to call it what he did (A Mistaken Identity). And as I discovered while interviewing Mr. Graves, one does not require a degree in performing arts, creativity or even writing to do something like this. Yet what one does require is a vision, a purpose, and some persistence.

Tickets for A Mistaken Identity can be found on Eventbrite.

Interviews, Interviews, Interviews….

In addition to providing dialogue on storytelling, I do interviews here on The Writer’s Lens.

If you prefer, audio, then check out the discussions that are happening here. I have conversations with all sorts of folks: artists, playwrights, filmmakers, other writers…among others.

And if you’re an audio AND a video junkie, then you can see myself and other smiling faces here. The same cast of characters applies here too.

Proceed with caution, but always proceed.

Till next time,

J.C.L.

The Writer’s Lens – E47: How Do We (Not) Handle Criticism And Feedback?

As a writer, I tend to handle criticism and feedback quite well. Nothing ever gets to me. There’s no negative press I can’t manage; no scathing review I can’t brush off as nothing more than white noise…

…or I could just be lying to myself. 

If you’ve ever written a story – especially something you feel strongly about – and had someone give you a negative reaction, you’ve probably felt like me: crushed. You may consider never writing again. You think it’d be best if the world never heard your voice. Your message. Ever.

That’s a tough place to find one’s self, but hey, you’re not alone. Even the most seasoned artists feel some pressure to appeal to their audiences. Yet putting our creative selves “out there” is only one part of the process; standing strong in the wave of responses is another. So, with this episode, I talk through some of the filters I’ve developed for dealing with the good, the bad, the ugly, and frankly, the apathetic.

And though you don’t have to use any of my tactics or filters, what I do hope is that you find this particular episode to be encouraging in your own creative journey.

The Writer’s Lens – Interview 12: David Ramos, The Long Road To Authorship

David Ramos has been writing for years. He’s published nearly two dozen books (thus far) and for his efforts, has built a small community of readers around him. He even has a new book on the way, Magnetic Faith, due out in March of 2019.

But, David didn’t just “fall into” publication. He sat down and made it happen. He learned what worked; he learned what didn’t work. And let’s be honest, he’s still learning as he goes.

David Ramos

And that’s the theme of my next interview with David Ramos on The Writer’s Lens – staying persistent and being disciplined about your goals. David and I discuss what it’s like to face rejection and how we, as writers, grow and develop as we continue to put ourselves out there. It’s a valuable life lesson and one that can’t be ignored if one is to cultivate a life’s work of writing and publishing.

For more on David, you can check out the links below:

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And P.S., don’t forget that David has a new book coming out this year called Magnetic Faith. It will be available through Amazon for purchase.