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Joe Bunting is best known as a bestselling author and the founder of The Write Practice, a top community of writers. Character Test examines good characters of all kinds (from Harry Potter to NY Times bestselling Navy SEALs to social activists), then draws out the practical tips, lessons, and strategies listeners can use to improve the stories they are telling with their own lives.

Joe Bunting is best known as a bestselling author and the founder of The Write Practice, a top community of writers. Character Test examines good characters of all kinds (from Harry Potter to NY Times bestselling Navy SEALs to social activists), then draws out the practical tips, lessons, and strategies listeners can use to improve the stories they are telling with their own lives.
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Joe Bunting is best known as a bestselling author and the founder of The Write Practice, a top community of writers. Character Test examines good characters of all kinds (from Harry Potter to NY Times bestselling Navy SEALs to social activists), then draws out the practical tips, lessons, and strategies listeners can use to improve the stories they are telling with their own lives.

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Episodes

#11 Awe, Bird Box, and How to Find Your Core Message

9/17/2019
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What is your life's core message? The story that, if you look back at your life, you've been telling since you were a kid? What if, by founding out that message, you could re-invigorate your creativity and your work? In this special edition of Character Test, I share a speech I gave at ATL Ideas where I talk about my core message, Awe, and how I discovered it. Special thanks to Plywood People, the host of the conference, for inviting me to speak and giving me permission to share the...

Duration:00:37:22

#10 Rea Frey, Tyrion Lannister, and How to Outrun Imposter Syndrome

9/10/2019
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Rea Frey is the author of the suspense novels NOT HER DAUGHTER and BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE. In this episode, she talks about learning from death row inmates, how to empathize with villains, and how to recover from trauma from sexual assault. We also examine Tyrion Lannister from GAME OF THRONES and how to outrun imposter syndrome. To learn more about Rea and follow her writing, you can find her here: Rea Frey's booksRea's WebsiteFacebookTwitter (@reafrey_author) Rea has an amazing story of...

Duration:01:03:10

#9 Joshua Becker, How to Train Your Dragon, and How to Be a Minimalist

9/3/2019
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Joshua Becker is the bestselling author and leader of the minimalist movement. In this interview, we talk about how to find the purpose of your home, of each room in your house, and even the purpose of our lives, and how we can use our purpose to enhance our purpose not distract from it. To learn more about Joshua and follow along with his writing, you can find him here: Joshua's BooksBecoming Minimalist (Joshua's Blog)Becoming Minimalist Facebook PageInstagram (@joshua_becker) I...

Duration:01:07:42

#8 Kevin J. Anderson, Gilmore Girls, and How to Be a Pro

8/27/2019
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Kevin J Anderson is the international bestselling novelist of books in the Dune series, Star Wars, Superman, X-Files, and more. In this episode, he talks about his love of hiking in the Colorado mountains while narrating novels, the importance of professionalism, and how to leave a legacy. Kevin J. Anderson's booksPublisherTwitter (@TheKJA)FacebookPublishing MFA This is an interview about professionalism and about how to make it to the top of your field. Kevin upends the myth of the flaky...

Duration:01:11:37

#7 Paul Angone, Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse, and How to Be Courageous

8/20/2019
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My guest is Paul Angone, who worked for 10 years to publish one book. When his wife asked him, "How much longer are you going to do this?" he was close to giving up. But one month later, his blog post 21 Secret for Your Twenties went viral on Pinterest, and a connection from a friend led to his first publishing deal. His book 101 Secrets for Your 20s has now sold over 100,000 copies. In the interview, Paul talks about what it feels like to achieve something after ten years of trying for it,...

Duration:01:03:27

#6 Derek Murphy, Bilbo Baggins, and How to Be an Artist

8/13/2019
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Derek Murphy is a bestselling novelist and creativity guru, and in this interview he talks about his travel nomadic lifestyle, the importance of discipline for any artist or creative career, and how to create things people will love. You can find Derek's work at the following places: creativindie.comD.S. MurphyDerek's NonfictionFacebookInstagram This is an interview about creativity, and about how to make a living doing creative work. Derek makes the controversial claim that you should care...

Duration:01:23:33

#5 Marianne Richmond, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, and How to Be Creative

8/6/2019
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Marianne Richmond is best known as the author of the bestselling children's books IF I COULD KEEP YOU LITTLE and BE BRAVE LITTLE ONE. Her books collectively have sold over 6 million copies. In our interview, she tells the story of the horrible seizures that left her emotionally disconnected growing up, the breakthrough that led to her first book, how she built her publishing empire only to watch it nearly crumble when Target cancelled a giant order, and how she stays creative. This is an...

Duration:01:16:29

#4 Terence Lester, The Fifth Season, and How To Find a Mentor

7/30/2019
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Terence Lester is best known as an activist and author of I See You, tells the story of how he overcame poverty and homeless to get two masters degrees and create Love Beyond Walls, an organization that has gotten 300+ people off the streets. This is an interview about finding strength in unexpected places. If you've ever made a poor choice and wondered if you could come back from it, this interview is for you. We also examine "You," the protagonist of The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, and...

Duration:01:05:26

#3 Shawn Coyne, Ender's Game, and How to Make Hard Decisions

7/19/2019
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Shawn Coyne is best known as the author of Story Grid and the editor of Steven Pressfield's The War of Art, one of my favorite books about the writing process. In this episode, he tells the story of how he became an editor, learned his craft, and then made the difficult decision to leave New York publishing and start his own thing. This is an interview about how to make hard decisions. If you've ever faced a risky choice (or if you're facing one right now, you'll want to listen to...

Duration:01:26:37

#2 Jason Redman (SEAL & NY Times Bestseller), The Magicians, and How to Be Resilient

7/19/2019
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Jason Redman is a retired Navy SEAL and NY Times bestselling author of The Trident and the upcoming book Overcome: Crush Adversity with the Leadership Techniques of America's Toughest Warriors. In this interview Jason tells his story of surviving being horrifically wounded in Iraq, how he overcame life ambushes, and the biggest piece of advice he gives to wounded warriors and anyone experiencing tough times (which is all of us, at some point). We also examine Alice Quinn, a character from...

Duration:00:55:34

#1 Joe Bunting and What Makes a Good Character

7/19/2019
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Welcome to the very FIRST episode of Character Test, my show about good characters and the lessons we can learn from them to make our stories, the stories we're telling with our lives, better. In this episode, my editor Alice Sudlow and I talk about the 4 things that actually make a good character. Then, Alice interviews me about my story, and we discuss whether I am a good character (spoiler: I pass the test, barely). Finally, we give practical advice on things you can do to improve the...

Duration:01:02:45