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March 1, 2024 45 mins
Jared N. Michaud is a devoted fiction writer driven by a passion for writing that began before he reached age seven. Influenced by literary giants like C.S. Lewis and Orson Scott Card, he discovered the transformative power of storytelling, and at twelve he began crafting his first novel. Today, Jared writes from a little house in a little town near Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he lives with his wife and six children. As a Christian with a deep love for the truth and appreciation for the values that underlie Western civilization, he endeavors to create myths that inspire future generations. He joined me on Uncorking a Story to talk about his writing career and latest novel, Brightstar. Key Takeaways Life experiences add depth to storytelling: Jared mentioned that as a young writer, he could tell a good story, but he needed life experiences to bring value and perspective to his writing. Authors should draw from their personal experiences to enrich their stories and make them more relatable and impactful. Putting part of yourself in your characters: Jared highlighted the tendency of infusing characters with elements of oneself. By doing so, authors might create more authentic, compelling characters that resonate with readers on a deeper level. Portray universal truths: Authors can use their writing to extract truths from the world and weave them into their narratives. Jared emphasized the significance of incorporating universal truths in storytelling, creating a connection with readers that goes beyond mere entertainment. Resonate with timeless stories: Jared discussed the essence of myths in storytelling, referring to them as tales that hold timeless truths and resonate with people across generations. Authors can seek inspiration from timeless stories to craft narratives that endure and captivate audiences. Avoid being preachy: Jared cautioned against overtly preaching in fiction, emphasizing the importance of delivering a compelling story without imposing moral messages. Authors should focus on storytelling that engages readers while subtly conveying valuable insights. Personal growth through writing: Jared shared how the process of writing led to personal growth and self-discovery. Authors should be open to evolving alongside their characters and narratives, allowing the creative journey to shape not only their stories but also themselves as individuals. Buy Brightstar Amazon: Connect with Jared Website: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram: Connect with Mike Website: Youtube: Instagram: TikTok: Twitter: Facebook: If you like this episode, please share it with a friend. If you have not done so already, please rate and review Uncorking a Story on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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