Book Alchemy
The Secret Library Podcast
#19 Erin Jourdan on Stunt Journalism

#19 Erin Jourdan on Stunt Journalism

Stunt journalism is an amazing practice for writing from personal experience. In this episode, you'll learn how to do stunt journalism and how writing can expand your perspective and enjoyment of your own life. Erin Jourdan has taught this process to hundreds of people, both online and in person, with life-altering results. 

She's got not only anecdotes but current scientific research that we discuss about how writing about your life can change it for the better. This was such an exciting conversation and it made me want to run out and start a stunt writing project immediately. I know you'll feel the same way. 

  Show Notes for Episode 19 with Erin Jourdan:

  • What is stunt journalism? (1:45)

  • How memoir is a loaded term (5:00)

  • Cultural differences and awareness around stunt journalism (6:15)

  • Categories of stunt journalism (7:15) Mentioned:  Marie Kondo | The Box prompt

  • Pretending to be a journalist (10:00)

  • Emotional spelunking (12:15)

  • Having a passport (13:30)

  • Local stunts & mental travel (16:15)

  • The impact and evolution of the stunt writing process (17:15)

  • How writing can change your life (19:00)

  • Emotional barometric pressure (19:30)

  • Further information and eBook with Stunt Writing prompts (21:00) 

  • Storytelling as a therapeutic modality (22:00)

  • Theories on why writing benefits the brain (23:00)

  • Gratitude journaling (25:00)

  • The impact of publishing/sharing fiction vs. non-fiction or personal experience writing (26:00)

  • Getting it onto the page alone vs. in community (28:30)

  • The benefits of sharing work in a safe group (29:45)

  • Fiction feedback vs. personal writing feedback (31:00)

  • Expanding from a scene to a full book on the next level (33:00)

  • Hot spots (34:45) Mentioned: Nona Caspers

  • Writing should be available to everyone (37:45)

  • Community stunts  and making your world bigger with writing (39:30)

  • Take publication out of the equation when you're writing (40:30)

  • Writing as therapeutic and spiritual (42:00) 

  • Writing and memory (42:45) 

  • The role of accuracy in non-fiction, memoir, and personal experience writing (43:30) 

  • Expanding your point of view through stunt writing (45:30)

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Book Alchemy
The Secret Library Podcast
Most people believe that books are created in cabins all alone, where authors pound away on some manner of keyboard. Then they hand this masterpiece off to a publisher and it feels very much like it goes down a tube and comes out the other side as a book. By speaking to authors and other book lovers, I'm diving into the mystery that is the book world today.