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119T – Knowing Your WHY Will Change Your Writing

Episode 119T Knowing Your Why Will Change Your Writing

Today’s episode is taken from a live writing workshop I taught at my church in Malmö, Sweden, in November 2018. In this first portion of the talk, I discuss the “why” of your writing and how that “why” will help you choose topics and stories that will impact your audience to a greater degree. (See…

115I – How the Story Changes: An Interview with Shawn Smucker

Episode 115I How the Story Changes: An Interview with Shawn Smucker

Today, we’re back again with Shawn Smucker, but this time we’re talking about nonfiction and his new memoir, Once We Were Strangers. It’s the story of how Shawn came to have a friendship with a Syrian refugee in Shawn’s hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and how their friendship changed both men. This book moved me like…

112E – Why Are You Doing This?

Episode 112E Why Are You Doing This

Some things stick in your head and you can’t stop thinking about them. That’s what happened to me this week with a Michael, Jr. YouTube video. He’s a comedian, and he was explaining to a group how it’s different to know what you’re doing, to be good at something, versus being good at it and…