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Confessions of a Working Writer

Matt’s just an everyday working writer. You may have heard of him, but he’s not a household name. He’s just someone trying to figure out this writing life. Every week he’s sharing the things he’s lear... Read more

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How Storytelling Saved My Life

How Storytelling Saved My Life

One year ago I almost died.Not because of an accident, or some random act of violence, but because I thought life wasn't... Read more

23 Jul 2019

35mins

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Memento Mori

Memento Mori

We all spend time diagnosing our problems, crafting convenient explanations for our struggles rather than have them. I'm... Read more

18 Sep 2019

23mins

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Depression, My Love of Star Wars, Connecting with Hope

Depression, My Love of Star Wars, Connecting with Hope

I almost didn't get an episode this week. Depression is something I have lived with most of my life, something I've spen... Read more

3 Sep 2019

19mins

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Stoicism, Doing Stuff, Who Am I

Stoicism, Doing Stuff, Who Am I

Matt talks about his recent study of stoicism, battles with his ego, getting the work done, and why we let other people ... Read more

27 Aug 2019

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Is It Worth It?

Is It Worth It?

I got an email from a young artist today asking me if it was worth it.I think we all spend some time asking if our endea... Read more

18 Jul 2019

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Staying Stupid, Beginnings, and Goodbyes

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Matt talks about the need to stay stupid when aiming for seemingly impossible dreams, returning to the paths we strayed ... Read more

20 Aug 2019

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Hi. My Name Is...

Hi. My Name Is...

I've had a real problem with titles my entire life. Whether it was entrepreneur, veteran, playwright, poet, storyteller,... Read more

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A Neverending Story

A Neverending Story

Your life is a story, with tons of characters coming in and out of it.Are any of your stories neverending?One of mine is... Read more

6 Aug 2019

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The Blank Page

The Blank Page

I don't believe in writer's block. It's crap. A made-up condition to cover for the fact that you're afraid of the Blank ... Read more

26 Sep 2019

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Bonus: Invoking the Muse

Bonus: Invoking the Muse

Today it was hard to open my eyes, to get out of bed. The space in my head became blurry, gray, lukewarm, and smothering... Read more

15 Sep 2019

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Changing My Mind

Changing My Mind

A number of people have consoled me on my departure from entrepreneurship, telling me that it'll pass and I'll be back i... Read more

12 Sep 2019

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Pivot

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I want to do something a little bit different. To tell a different story. One about sidewalks, part time jobs, looking u... Read more

13 Aug 2019

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YOUR Story

YOUR Story

What story are you telling?  I spent a long period of my life, trying to live according to the story the ubiquitous "the... Read more

11 Jul 2019

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Know YOUR Role

Know YOUR Role

Can you tell me who you are without telling me what you do? WIthout listing your roles for me?  We live in a world full ... Read more

16 Jul 2019

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Let Me Tell You About Mike

Let Me Tell You About Mike

In 1999 I first met Mike O'Donohoe. It wasn't an epic first meeting. In fact, it took a while before it developed into a... Read more

30 Jul 2019

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Somebody Already Kicked Your A@#

Somebody Already Kicked Your A@#

It's true.Somebody beat you. Pick the metric and someone has done the thing bigger, faster, better, or sooner than you. ... Read more

10 Oct 2019

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Georgia Hertz

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What is storytelling?It's a question without a simple answer, one that varies wildly based on style, medium, end persona... Read more

7 May 2020

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What is storytelling?It's a question without a simple answer, one that varies wildly based on style, medium, end persona... Read more

30 Apr 2020

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Putting It Together

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We've done it!Over the course of a few months, we've gone through all of the basic components you need to start a work o... Read more

16 Apr 2020

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Let's Talk Language

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Have you ever seen how a musician treats their instrument? How a singer cares for their voice? A dancer for their body? ... Read more

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