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Written, Spoken with Dave Ursillo

The written word comes to life as the spoken word through the voices of the writers who wrote them. Written, Spoken is a podcast from writer and author Dave Ursillo (DaveUrsillo.com).

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So, Your Creativity 'Betrayed' You? Here's What To Do Next.

How do you recover when your innocent, natural, creative impulse to "make something" goes sideways? What do you do next when you get overwhelmed by your options? When you feel uncertain about where to begin? Do you give up before you even start? Episode 3 of 'Written, Spoken' discusses what to do after your newfound creative impulse "betrays" you. After my failed first attempt at amateur home baking (inspired by the Great British Bake-Off; listen to Episode 2 for that story), I marched back into the bakery aisle and documented the process of what I did next, all so I could share it here with you. Thank you for listening to 'Written, Spoken'. Please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to make sure you don't miss a new episode. Please rate our show and leave a brief review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen, it goes a long way to help other listeners find the series. Thank you! Visit Dave's online home, DaveUrsillo.com Follow Dave on Instagram Subscribe to Dave's reader-loved newsletter to receive even more personal narrative essays and human interest stories. Transcripts for each episode of 'Written, Spoken' are available with each episode's release at DaveUrsillo.com/Articles If you're a writer, you can work 1-on-1 with Dave in a Writer's Group of Two, a monthly coaching and creative support system for those intent to share their words with the world Our original music is composed by Rokkwood Audio, who also mixed and produced the show Also mentioned in this episode: Coral Brown, psychoanalyst, mythology expert, yoga teacher extraordinaire, and most importantly my best friend and baking mentor :)

28mins

24 Jun 2019

Rank #1

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The Boston Skyline (Or, From My Heart to Yours)

Months after the sight of the Boston Skyline sent me into a near panic attack, something changed. What, precisely, was it that did? Plus, have you ever made a difficult decision you know in your heart was right, but still regretted for months and months? Episode 5 of 'Written, Spoken' continues where Episode 1 left off and shares thoughts on overcoming heartbreak by surrendering to it, and much more. Please rate our show and leave a brief review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you subscribe. It goes a long way to help other listeners find the series. Visit Dave's online home, DaveUrsillo.com Follow Dave on Instagram Subscribe to Dave's reader-loved newsletter to receive even more personal narrative essays and human interest stories Transcripts for each episode of 'Written, Spoken' are available with each episode's release at DaveUrsillo.com/Articles If you're a writer, you can work 1-on-1 with Dave in a Writer's Group of Two, a monthly coaching and creative support system for those intent to share their words with the world Our original music is composed by Rokkwood Audio, who also mixed and produced the show

10mins

8 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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The Letter I’ve Been Avoiding for 10 Years

Why is it so much easier to avoid than it is to confront what, deep down, we know is good for us? Behavioral scientists and ancient philosophers have struggled to answer why. Here's my best attempt. Episode 4 of 'Written, Spoken' shares a true story about avoiding a letter that was in my possession for upward of 10 years, until now... Please rate our show and leave a brief review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you subscribe. It goes a long way to help other listeners find the series. Visit Dave's online home, DaveUrsillo.com Follow Dave on Instagram Subscribe to Dave's reader-loved newsletter to receive even more personal narrative essays and human interest stories Transcripts for each episode of 'Written, Spoken' are available with each episode's release at DaveUrsillo.com/Articles If you're a writer, you can work 1-on-1 with Dave in a Writer's Group of Two, a monthly coaching and creative support system for those intent to share their words with the world Our original music is composed by Rokkwood Audio, who also mixed and produced the show

12mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Answering the Question, 'Why Bother?' with Best-Selling Author Jennifer Louden

Jennifer Louden kicks off Season 2 of 'Written, Spoken' by reading an excerpt from her new book, 'Why Bother: Discover the Desire for What’s Next', and then joins Dave Ursillo for an interview about her book and creative journey.You'll hear how Jen's new book was born of an 11-year journey of not publishing a thing, what it felt like for her book coach to tell her that her memoir wasn't working, and what asking the rhetorical question of "Why bother?" actually reveals when we ask it.Big thanks to Jen for joining us in the debut episode of 'Written, Spoken', Season 2! PS - We recorded this interview on March 19, 2020. We're working on improving our audio fidelity as we record remotely during the COVID-19 crisis, so thank you for understanding about lack of quality in the meantime.Please remember rate our show and leave a brief review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you subscribe to help other listeners find and enjoy series.Buy Jennifer's Book, Why Bother? Discover the Desire for What’s Next on AmazonVisit Jennifer's online home, JenniferLouden.com, for writing tips and moreVisit Dave's online home, DaveUrsillo.com and follow Dave on InstagramSubscribe to Dave's newsletter, Chronicles of a Self-Storied LifeOur theme song composed by Rokkwood Audio

36mins

27 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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I Quit My Job 10 Years Ago. Now, I Finally Understand Why.

10 years ago, I quit my job. Today, I understand that I left my first career behind for beginnings, not endings. Episode 10 of 'Written, Spoken' concludes Season 1 of the podcast with an honest reflection on endings and beginnings, including how some external or career goals become fixations when the real work required is subtle, vulnerable inner work, instead. Thanks for listening to 'Written, Spoken'! Please remember rate our show and leave a brief review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you subscribe to help other listeners find and enjoy series. Visit Dave's online home, DaveUrsillo.com Follow Dave on Instagram Subscribe to Dave's reader-loved newsletter to receive even more personal narrative essays and human interest stories Explore Dave's writing e-course, Unavoidable Writing, at UnavoidableWriting.com/course Transcripts for each episode of 'Written, Spoken' are available with each episode's release at DaveUrsillo.com/Articles Work 1-on-1 with Dave in a Writer's Group of Two, a monthly coaching and creative support system for those in life transitions, facing career change, wanting to restart their writing practices, or intent to share their words with the world Our original music is composed by Rokkwood Audio, who also mixed and produced the show

11mins

12 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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Do You Say 'Cool' or 'Chill? (Or, How Language "Moves")

A story from 7th grade reminded me that the nature of all language is fluid -- despite what some people suggest when they complain about "political correctness." Episode 9 of 'Written, Spoken' hits back at the mythology that implies a governing body of intellectuals deems what words are, and are not, acceptable to describe groups of people. Why language will never stop moving and evolving, and why that's a good thing. Thanks for listening to 'Written, Spoken'! Please remember rate our show and leave a brief review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you subscribe to help other listeners find and enjoy series. Visit Dave's online home, DaveUrsillo.com Follow Dave on Instagram Subscribe to Dave's reader-loved newsletter to receive even more personal narrative essays and human interest stories Explore Dave's writing e-course, Unavoidable Writing, at UnavoidableWriting.com/course Transcripts for each episode of 'Written, Spoken' are available with each episode's release at DaveUrsillo.com/Articles Work 1-on-1 with Dave in a Writer's Group of Two, a monthly coaching and creative support system for those in life transitions, facing career change, wanting to restart their writing practices, or intent to share their words with the world Our original music is composed by Rokkwood Audio, who also mixed and produced the show

19mins

5 Aug 2019

Rank #6

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Is It Avoidance or Something Else? 4 Steps to Know.

It would be dangerously misleading to assume that "learning from what you're avoiding the most" is as simple as making a long list of things that we've been avoiding, and stopping avoiding those things. It's not the case. Episode 8 of 'Written, Spoken' downloads a four-step process for understanding if what you're avoiding really deserves deeper examination, questioning, analysis, or confronting. Thanks for listening to 'Written, Spoken'! Please remember rate our show and leave a brief review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you subscribe to help other listeners find and enjoy series. Visit Dave's online home, DaveUrsillo.com Follow Dave on Instagram Subscribe to Dave's reader-loved newsletter to receive even more personal narrative essays and human interest stories Explore Dave's writing e-course, Unavoidable Writing, at UnavoidableWriting.com/course Transcripts for each episode of 'Written, Spoken' are available with each episode's release at DaveUrsillo.com/Articles Work 1-on-1 with Dave in a Writer's Group of Two, a monthly coaching and creative support system for those in life transitions, facing career change, wanting to restart their writing practices, or intent to share their words with the world Our original music is composed by Rokkwood Audio, who also mixed and produced the show

17mins

29 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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What You Can Learn from 'Writer’s Block' (Even If You Aren't a Writer)

According to the Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, the phrase "writer's block" was first invented by a psychoanalyst named Edmund Bergler in 1947. Today, a quick Internet search on “writer’s block” yields more than 31 million results. Episode 7 of 'Written, Spoken' reveals the story behind the story of "writer's block", and why writers everywhere ought to stop telling this story. Thanks for listening to 'Written, Spoken'! Please remember rate our show and leave a brief review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you subscribe to help other listeners find and enjoy series. Visit Dave's online home, DaveUrsillo.com Follow Dave on Instagram Subscribe to Dave's reader-loved newsletter to receive even more personal narrative essays and human interest stories Explore Dave's writing e-course, Unavoidable Writing, at UnavoidableWriting.com/course Transcripts for each episode of 'Written, Spoken' are available with each episode's release at DaveUrsillo.com/Articles Work 1-on-1 with Dave in a Writer's Group of Two, a monthly coaching and creative support system for those in life transitions, facing career change, wanting to restart their writing practices, or intent to share their words with the world Our original music is composed by Rokkwood Audio, who also mixed and produced the show

10mins

22 Jul 2019

Rank #8

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The Secret Language of Paris

I learned a secret language on the streets of Paris during my recent travels there. Thankfully for my poor language-learning skills, this language only had one "word". Episode 6 of 'Written, Spoken' illuminates a subtle language that would be so easy to overlook if you weren't paying close enough attention. But what a language like this says is far more than initial appearances. Thanks for listening to 'Written, Spoken'! Please remember rate our show and leave a brief review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you subscribe to help other listeners find and enjoy series. Visit Dave's online home, DaveUrsillo.com Follow Dave on Instagram Subscribe to Dave's reader-loved newsletter to receive even more personal narrative essays and human interest stories Transcripts for each episode of 'Written, Spoken' are available with each episode's release at DaveUrsillo.com/Articles Work 1-on-1 with Dave in a Writer's Group of Two, a monthly coaching and creative support system for those in life transitions, facing career change, wanting to restart their writing practices, or intent to share their words with the world Our original music is composed by Rokkwood Audio, who also mixed and produced the show

7mins

15 Jul 2019

Rank #9

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Surviving the 'Other Half' of the Creative Equation, Destruction

What do you do when change catches you off-guard? Where do you put your energy? How do you figure out what to do next? How do you… simply survive? What do you do to heal? How do you keep going? In Episode 2 of 'Written, Spoken' with Dave Ursillo, Dave explores how to survive the "other half" of the creative equation, destruction, which rears its ugly head whenever change enters your life. Whether you're going through a breakup, managing a big transition, or are exploring a creative endeavor for the first time, this episode is for you. Remember to subscribe to 'Written, Spoken' wherever you get your podcasts to make sure you don't miss a new episode. Please take a moment to rate our show and leave a brief review to help others find and listen to the series, it goes a long way! Learn more about Writer's Group of Two, Dave's 1-on-1 monthly coaching program and support system for writers of all levels Learn more about Dave at DaveUrsillo.com Follow Dave on Instagram Subscribe to Dave's reader-loved newsletter to receive even more personal narrative essays and human interest stories. You'll actually look forward to receiving these in your inbox Transcripts for each episode of 'Written, Spoken' are available with each episode's release at DaveUrsillo.com/Articles Original music and production by Rokkwood Audio

19mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #10