Jan 21, 2022
Mark interviews author Jacob Hess about character development, world-building and The Hero's Journey.
Prior to the main content, Mark shares a personal update, a cautionary tale about making POD titles returnable, and a word about this episode's sponsor.
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In their conversation, Mark and Jacob talk about:
After the interview Mark reflects on the importance of each scene's "essential action" in a story and how he is thinking about it in different ways to help him become a better writer.
He also shares an update about the returned-books issue.
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Jacob Hess grew up in Oregon and became a
Christian at a young age. God has continued to display His
faithfulness to Jacob throughout his life; a journey deeper and
deeper into grace. Jacob received a Master of Divinity from Western
Seminary in Portland, Oregon and moved to Seattle, Washington with
his wife where he works as a minister in the local
Jacob’s years in school grew his passion for writing and reading, but he has always had a love for stories, whether they're told with pen and page or the rhythms and rhymes of song. He agrees with J. R. R. Tolkien when he writes, “the Pot of Soup, the Cauldron of Story, has always been boiling, and to it have continually been added new bits, dainty and undainty," (On-Fairy-Stories, p. 45). As humans we simply cannot seem to escape a need to tell stories, a desire to reach beyond ourselves and connect to the deeper truths of who we are and what it means to live a life of meaning.