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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

May 2, 2024

Mark interviews professor, pastor, speaker, and author Donn King about writing, his podcast, and his books THE WAY OF THE THREE-YEAR-OLD WHY and MEDIUM WELL.

Prior to the interview, Mark shares a personal update, comments from recent episodes, and a word from this episode's sponsor.

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In their interview Mark and Donn talk about:

  • Donn's gradual evolution into becoming a writer with starting work at a newspaper when he was 14 years old
  • An experience in sixth grade discovering science fiction novels in the library and realizing reading could be fun when you weren't being forced to do it
  • The first sci-fi novel Donn remembers reading: Robert A. Heinlein's HAVE SPACESUIT WILL TRAVEL
  • Donn's first foray into writing short fiction in a 3-ring binder with a pencil
  • Learning about his non-fiction writing from Bob Burg, co-author of THE GO-GIVER a bestselling business parable book
  • How elements from writing good fiction apply when writing a parable
  • Drawing upon autobiographical elements even when fictionalizing a parable
  • The difference between Writer's Block and The Well Going Dry
  • Donn's podcast, The Alignment Show
  • The Great Realignment and pausing to step back and consider what really brings value to you
  • Donn's book MEDIUM WELL: The Journey From Believing to Believing In
  • The beautifully inquisitive nature of 3-Year-Olds in Donn's THE WAY OF THE THREE-YEAR-OLD WHY
  • Principal Five - Without emotion, there is no motion
  • The challenges of booking live speaking events when caring for family members who require that additional compassion and care
  • The reality that none of us have any certainty - we merely live with the illusion of certainty
  • The concept of connection before content
  • And more . . .


After the interview Mark reflects on a few of the topics that came up in their conversation.


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Donn King is "The Confidence Cultivator," a professor, pastor, speaker, and author who lives in the mountains of East Tennessee. He also hosts "The Alignment Show," a podcast to support listeners in living their values so they can value their life. His book, "The Way of the Three-Year-Old Why," the first in the Sparklight Chronicles, came out in 2023, with "Medium Well," the second in the series, came out in early 2024



The introductory, end, and bumper music for this podcast (“Laser Groove”) was composed and produced by Kevin MacLeod of and is Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0