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Season 2 #3

20/3/2024

The Path to Getting Published

Episode #

Season 2 #3

20/3/2024

The Path to Getting Published

Embarking on the creative journey of writing can be as daunting as it is exhilarating. Paul Schiernecker, an Essex-based writer and comedian, knows this all too well. His path from a promising student to becoming a published author is a story that resonates with many who harbor the dream of seeing their work in print. In the latest episode of JobsWorth 'The Path to Getting Published' we get an intimate glimpse into Paul's voyage through the trials and tribulations that come with chasing the literary dream while maintaining a career in financial crime investigation.

As we peel back the layers of Paul's experiences, we find a recurring theme: the balance between passion and practicality. For many creatives, sustaining a day job provides the financial stability necessary to explore their artistic pursuits. This dichotomy is something that Paul navigates perfectly, recognising the value of his 9-5 role while also carving out time to write and engage in his extra curricular pursuits. This delicate balance is a dance familiar to many, where the stability of employment often fuels the freedom to create without the added pressure of financial constraints.

Throughout the episode, Paul opens up about his initial career aspirations influenced by the iconic 'To Kill A Mockingbird,' his evolution from a would-be lawyer to a committed writer, and the crucial support of parents who believed in his talents despite the industry's rejections. It's a narrative that underscores the importance of perseverance and the impact of a supportive community on the creative process.

The conversation also explores the intricate identity of a writer and the challenges that come with embracing such a title. It delves into the intricacies of writing and editing, the importance of accepting feedback, and the path from self-publishing to securing a traditional publishing deal. Listeners get to learn about the delicate act of labeling oneself and how it shapes one's perception and self-worth as an artist.

Paul's journey does not shy away from the complexities of mental health either. His exploration into comedy served as an unexpected outlet to combat anxiety, revealing the profound connection between humor and healing. He shares how stepping into the world of stand-up comedy and improv, despite the initial fear, became a transformative experience that not only fostered friendships but also helped him navigate his own mental health challenges.

As we delve further into Paul's creative works, we are introduced to his novel, "The Counterfeiter of Auschwitz," which masterfully blends history with humor. This discussion about the book's unique premise offers insights into Paul's creative process and his personal connection to the story, providing a fascinating look into how writers can successfully intertwine different genres.

An unexpected yet crucial topic the episode touches upon is the rise of AI in the creative field. The conversation candidly addresses the potential implications of AI on the future of writing and the arts. Paul and I ponder the authenticity of AI-generated content and its impact on original human creativity, bringing to light the complex emotions surrounding technological advancements in artistic expression.

Finally, the episode comes full circle with a celebration of Southend's burgeoning creative scene. This local creative hub acts as a testament to the power of community and the collective belief in pursuing one's creative compass. It is a heartwarming reminder of the beauty that can be found in coming together to support and uplift one another's artistic endeavours.

Paul’s story is a beacon for aspiring creatives, proving that with determination, support, and a bit of humour, the literary dream is within reach.

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