Written, Spoken with Dave Ursillo

Written, Spoken with Dave Ursillo

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The written word comes to life as the spoken word through the voices of the writers who wrote them. Written, Spoken is a podcast from writer and author Dave Ursillo (DaveUrsillo.com), the creator of Unavoidable Writing.


I Quit My Job 10 Years Ago. Now, I Finally Understand Why.
Aug 12, 2019 • 11 min
10 years ago, I quit my job. Today, I understand that I left my first career behind for beginnings, not endings.
Do You Say ‘Cool’ or ‘Chill? (Or, How Language “Moves”)
Aug 5, 2019 • 19 min
A story from 7th grade reminded me that the nature of all language is fluid — despite what some people suggest when they complain about “political correctness.”
Is Avoidance Holding You Back? (Or, Is It Something Else?) How to Know in 4 Steps.
Jul 29, 2019 • 17 min
It would be dangerously misleading to assume that “learning from what you’re avoiding the most” is as simple as making a long list of things that we’ve been avoiding, and stopping avoiding those things. It’s not the case.
What You Can Learn from ‘Writer’s Block’ (Even If You Aren’t a Writer)
Jul 22, 2019 • 10 min
According to the Comprehensive Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, the phrase “writer’s block” was first invented by a psychoanalyst named Edmund Bergler in 1947. Today, a quick Internet search on “writer’s block” yields more than 31 million results.
How I Learned the Secret Language of Paris
Jul 15, 2019 • 7 min
I learned a secret language on the streets of Paris during my recent travels there. Thankfully for my poor language-learning skills, this language only had one “word”.
The Boston Skyline (Or, From My Heart to Yours)
Jul 8, 2019 • 10 min
Have you ever made a difficult decision you know in your heart was right, but still regretted for months and months? Another true story to which you’re bound to relate in this episode of ‘Written, Spoken’ with Dave Ursillo.
The Letter I’ve Been Avoiding for 10 Years
Jul 1, 2019 • 12 min
Why is it so much easier to avoid than it is to confront what, deep down, we know is good for us? Behavioral scientists and ancient philosophers have struggled to answer why. Here’s my best attempt.
So, Your Creativity ‘Betrayed’ You? Here’s What To Do Next.
Jun 24, 2019 • 28 min
How do you recover when your innocent, natural, creative impulse to “make something” goes sideways? After my failed first attempt at amateur home baking (inspired by the Great British Bake-Off), I marched back into the bakery aisle and documented the…
Surviving the ‘Other Half’ of the Creative Equation, Destruction
Jun 17, 2019 • 19 min
What do you do when change catches you off-guard? Where do you put your energy? How do you figure out what to do next? How do you… simply survive? What do you do to heal? How do you keep going? This, and how to survive the “other half” of the creative…
The Wave of Change
Jun 17, 2019 • 9 min
Sometimes, you see change coming and it catches you by surprise, anyway. What do you do next? Episode 1 of ‘Written, Spoken’ tells a personal story of transition born of heartbreak, uncertainty, and life changes familiar to all of us. Plus, what to…
Introducing ‘Written, Spoken’ with Dave Ursillo
Jun 4, 2019 • 4 min
The written word comes to life as the spoken word through the voices of the writers who wrote them. Introducing ‘Written, Spoken’, a new podcast from writer and author Dave Ursillo.