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Last week I reached out on Social Media for you all to post a story starter for me. A one-sentence opening line to a story. I really loved all of them. Some were serious, some made me laugh out loud, and today I’m going to use those story starters to illustrate something that I think is one of the most important ideas when it comes to creating anything. From writing a story to writing your own story.

So, today, to illustrate this idea, you’re going to hear (read) Continue reading YOU WILL NEVER…

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Today I’m going to go back to basics and deliver to you a short story. If you’ve been following along you might have noticed that I haven’t released an episode in a few weeks now. I’ve been consumed with writing my novel and it’s been hard to take a break. The other reason is the couple episodes I started writing, I didn’t love. So, I let them be and let them go, which is part of what I’m going to talk about later.  Continue reading THE MAN FROM NOWHERE

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Today is episode 4 of season 2 and the continuation of my journey towards writing my first novel. 

At the bottom of this blog post are the next 4 or 5 chapters for you all to read. Just so you’re aware, the writing I release is mostly unedited. When I write, I like to write it all down and then go back later to fix and edit. So, just keep that in mind and don’t judge any grammar errors too harshly. If you want the first few chapters of the novel, check out the previous episode/post. 

Now, this whole thing started for a few reasons, and one of them, which you might remember from episode 1, is Continue reading SHOW AND TELL

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What does a creative endeavor, a flower, and a pregnancy have in common? Sounds like there’s a joke in there, but seriously, that’s what today’s episode is going to connect.

By the end of this post, you’ll know… Also, at the end, I’m going to leave you the first 4 chapters… 20 pages or so… of my novel!

They say, as an artist, to never share a work in progress. Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to do because the whole point of this journey and of this Podcast, and blog, is to show you the progression of things. The progression of chasing a dream, writing a novel, and the progression of my writing itself. There’s a bunch of things I’ll be editing and changing in those first 20 pages, but the ideas are still there to make the read a good one…. hopefully.  Continue reading ALL IN TIME

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Hello and Welcome to the Roaming Scholar Podcast

My name is Derek and I am The Roaming Scholar. 

Today is Episode 2 in Season 2, and I suggest that if you haven’t listened to episode 1 of Season 2, AN INVITATION, to start there. 

Last I left off, I was going on a journey to write my first novel and I promised to take you along for the ride. Today, I want to update you on the journey and also share two important lessons I’ve incorporated that can apply to any idea, any project, that you yourself might be working on. Including, your life as a whole, which is its own creative project. 

Also, remember, you can follow me on Instagram and Facebook to get more frequent updates on this journey I’m on. Just search, The Roaming Scholar. 

Now, let’s get to it…  Continue reading THE CORNER