A call for writing advice led me to seriously consider the best “shortcut” I know to become a better writer. It’s not a book. It’s not “butt in chair” or “writers write.”
And it’s not a shortcut.
But if you’re just starting out as any kind of storyteller, cultivating this skill will shave years of effort from your writing practice… and maybe even make you a better human being in the process.
Listen to find out the how and the why… then come on back here and leave a comment to tell me what you think!
Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode
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- The beginning of this episode suffered from a lot of background noise that I think I scrubbed out of the audio you hear. The cause? Turns out my window was open. Urk.
- This episode kicks off with my monthly transparency report detailing my revenue and social reach in the month of May, 2018.
- Listen to episode two of Sonitotum with Matthew Wayne Selznick, “State of the Start.”
- My social media hubs on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- The books I mention as focusing on writing theory over craft:
- “I am large, I contain multitudes” comes from Walt Whitman’s classic poem Song of Myself.
- “Get To Know Your Worst Self,” my Scribtotum article featuring an exercise to write better antagonists.
- I have not-kind things to say about Pacific Rim... but you can still learn about storytelling from the movie!
- Brené Brown explains the difference between empathy and sympathy in a talk from The RSA that’s been adapted into an adorable cartoon.
- “The unexamined life is not worth living” was purportedly spoken by Socrates at his trial, as described by Plato in The Apology of Socrates.
- Sam Raimi created a fun, silly, Hercules TV series starring Kevin Sorbo… and it was light as air, and each episode blew out of one’s awareness just as soon as it was over.
- You know who Han Solo is.
- Hazy Days and Cloudy Nights: “How It All Got Started” is my ongoing serial fiction project available exclusively to my patrons. Read the first three installments and then get the rest for as little as $1.00 per month!
What Do You Think?
So what do you think? Is empathy over-rated as an important skill for writers and other storytellers? How do you use empathy when you’re writing? Do you even empathize..? Let’s hear from you in the comments!