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 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

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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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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