Better Writing Starts With The Title

Here’s a quick level-up for any type of writing you do: start with the TITLE before you do ANY of the actual writing. But for this to work, you have to understand WHY this hack is effective.

In this episode we look at tons of examples across all writing industries: books, blogging, songwriting, script-writing, etc. And we give you a couple tips and tools to optimize your headline-writing game.

Music by:
Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith
Julian Avila Soundcloud

Sources Referenced:
How To Write Magnetic Headlines by Copyblogger 
Bonnie McKee Shares Her Songwriting Secrets with Metrolyrics
Ricky Reed talks about his career on And The Writer Is With Ross Golan podcast
Poo Bear Afraid of Forever documentary by Red Bull Music & Culture

Not-So-Great Expectations

Expectations usually free up brain bandwidth for the BIG stuff, but they can also imprison us in a flat view of the world.  In this episode, three cautionary stories of when expectations go wrong…

Music by:
Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith
LiamLRY

The Wise Fool

Every country, near and far, seems to have this one stock character in its folklore. I first became fascinated by this character as a 9-year-old when I was growing up in the Dominican Republic. We’ll call this character “The Wise Fool” and hear a handful of stories that showcase the characters versatility and charm.

Music by:
Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith
iAmLarry

Sources Referenced:

Clever Is As Clever Does

Are geniuses born, or made? In this week’s episode we hear two ancient stories about brilliant youths, and we see both perspectives to this question. These two folktales also happen to be the genesis of two modern movie genres.

Music by:
Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith

Sources Referenced:
The Three Princes of Serendip as told by Richard Boyle in Living Heritage
The Master Thief as told by Andrew Lang

It Was All A Dream

Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions. A common motif in stories, movies, and music, is to bring in a dream as foreshadowing for what will happen later.

Sometimes, it even drives the drama within the plot. This week we hear two stories in which dreams foreshadow and determine the main characters’ fate.

Music by:
Ben Murray-Smith https://soundcloud.com/ben-murray-smith
Joakim Karud

Sources Referenced:
A Dreamer’s Tale via UExpress.com
The Three Dreams story via DL Ashliman’s PittU site