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Stark Reflections on Writing and Publishing

Apr 16, 2021

In this episode Mark interviews Diana Wink, fiction author, blogger and film director.

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

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During their conversation, Mark and Diana discuss:

  • How Diana wrote poems in Russian and German when she was young and also wrote a novel when she was 11
  • Asking about how she could combine music, visual art and storytelling together, which lead to her interest in film
  • Loving the writing and the planning behind projects such as films
  • How the shooting is the most stressful part of a film, and in editing it's often about regret
  • The way that everyone can have ideas that feed off of one another in a collaborative film project
    - What it's like to see the reaction of a live audience to a film at a film festival
    - How, in film, if you don't have a budget, you have to first find it - which isn't necessary when writing fiction. And how this led Diana back into writing
  • Diana's dystopian sci-fi trilogy under the name DF Wink
  • How science fiction and dystopian fiction can be a mirror held up to current events and reality
  • The documentary style podcast format that Diana uses
  • A slogan Diana uses: "There is a platform for every outstanding story and you have one to tell"
  • That similar problem most writers often have with actually writing their first novel
  • Diana's book for writers: The Business-Minded Creative and why she put it together
  • How Diana built her website ( using the principals of storytelling
  • The struggle Diana faces because of all the different passions and areas of creativity that she engages in
  • How Diana is fueled by every interview that she does for her podcast
  • And more...

After the interview Mark reflects on a few things about what Diana said that inspired him, he thanks his patrons and listeners of the podcast.


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Diana Wink is an author, blogger and film director.  With a passion for stories since she can remember, she studied film making and made a career as director of successful short films (awarded in festivals) and advertising.

In 2015, she decided to go back to her roots and finally finish her first fiction book. Since then, she attracted 5-star reviews, raving fans and written many more novels.

On Story Artist, she decided to share her creative journey and help content creators in new and effective ways because her credo is: There is a platform for every outstanding story.
And you have one to tell.

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