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Ready for our second video this week?

I sat down with Shawn Smucker to talk about fighting loneliness and comparison as a Christian writer. I loved hearing Shawn’s perspective on this topic and I hope you do, too.

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Here are some of the questions I ask Shawn in this conversation:

  • The writing life can seem like a solitary endeavor at times, and can even become a bit lonely. How do you combat that looming sense of loneliness as a writer?
  • How has God used someone else in your life to help open doors for you or advance your writing career?
  • Besides being prone to loneliness, it can also be easy for writers to fall into a competitive spirit and/or play the comparison game. What have you found helpful as you seek to resist both of these temptations?
  • How can focusing on serving others benefit you as a writer?     
  • What advice can you offer for writers who would like to grow their network and connections with other writers, but feel hesitant or afraid to take steps in that direction?

What did you gain from this conversation? How would you answer some of the questions posed above? Share with us in the comments below!

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Shawn Smucker is the author of the award-winning young adult novel The Day the Angels Fell and its sequel, The Edge of Over There, as well as the memoir Once We Were Strangers. He lives with his wife and six children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can find him online at

You can also follow Shawn on Twitter and Facebook.

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