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This is a podcast about one woman's mission to help entrepreneurs and business owners write and self-publish better business books. Each week, we tackle your writing excuses (because they're our excuses too) – and help you beat the Blank Page Of Doom so you can write a book that makes a real difference. Also contains adulting fails, the adventures of the TinySheeps, and a bundle of fantastic interviews with people far smarter than us. Find us at moxiebooks.co.uk. Continue Reading >>
This is a podcast about one woman's mission to help entrepreneurs and business owners write and self-publish better business books. Each week, we tackle your writing excuses (because they're our excuses too) – and help you beat the Blank Page Of Doom so you can write a book that makes a real difference. Also contains adulting fails, the adventures of the TinySheeps, and a bundle of fantastic interviews with people far smarter than us. Find us at moxiebooks.co.uk. << Show Less
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Ep314: 10 Books I Have Read + Loved This week Vicky is flying solo because of organisation issues so she decided to share 10 books she’s read and loved recently. If you’re wondering what to read, and how to read, and whether you should be reading books on writing or just books—tune into this episode and sort out your reading plans for the next couple of months. Enjoy!   Key Takeaways: [0:45] Vicky is going solo this week! And the podcast name is changing!  [2:10] If you want to write a book, you need to also read!  [2:35] The more diverse authors you read, the better of a writer you will become.  [3:15] First book review: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. [4:35] Second book review: Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes by Phoebe Robinson. [6:20] Third book review: Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon [7:35] Fourth book review: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw [8:10] Fifth book review: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson [9:45] Sixth book review: An Idler’s Manual by Tom Hodgkinson [10:50] Seventh book review: My Mess Is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety by Georgia Pritchett [12:10] Eighth book review: Good Pop, Bad Pop by Jarvis Cocker [13:05] Ninth book review: Their eyes were watching god by Zora Neale Hurston [14:10] Tenth book review: Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion [15:25] Vicky highly recommends that you join a book club!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour Free Writing Prompt Calendar Start Your book Templates Book Breakthrough Jam Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes: Essays Book by Phoebe Robinson Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered (Austin Kleon) by Austin Kleon The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson An Idler’s Manual by Tom Hodgkinson My Mess Is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety by Georgia Pritchett Good Pop, Bad Pop by Jarvis Cocker Their eyes were watching god by Zora Neale Hurston <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Slouching-Towards-Bethlehem-Joan-Didion-ebook/dp/B06XRSTBMN/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=slouching+towards+bethlehem+by+joan+didion&qid=1658977280&s=digital-text&sprefix=
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Ep314: 10 Books I Have Read + Loved This week Vicky is flying solo because of organisation issues so she decided to share 10 books she’s read and loved recently. If you’re wondering what to read, and how to read, and whether you should be reading books on writing or just books—tune into this episode and sort out your reading plans for the next couple of months. Enjoy!   Key Takeaways: [0:45] Vicky is going solo this week! And the podcast name is changing!  [2:10] If you want to write a book, you need to also read!  [2:35] The more diverse authors you read, the better of a writer you will become.  [3:15] First book review: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams. [4:35] Second book review: Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes by Phoebe Robinson. [6:20] Third book review: Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon [7:35] Fourth book review: The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw [8:10] Fifth book review: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson [9:45] Sixth book review: An Idler’s Manual by Tom Hodgkinson [10:50] Seventh book review: My Mess Is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety by Georgia Pritchett [12:10] Eighth book review: Good Pop, Bad Pop by Jarvis Cocker [13:05] Ninth book review: Their eyes were watching god by Zora Neale Hurston [14:10] Tenth book review: Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion [15:25] Vicky highly recommends that you join a book club!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour Free Writing Prompt Calendar Start Your book Templates Book Breakthrough Jam Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Please Don't Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes: Essays Book by Phoebe Robinson Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered (Austin Kleon) by Austin Kleon The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson An Idler’s Manual by Tom Hodgkinson My Mess Is a Bit of a Life: Adventures in Anxiety by Georgia Pritchett Good Pop, Bad Pop by Jarvis Cocker Their eyes were watching god by Zora Neale Hurston <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Slouching-Towards-Bethlehem-Joan-Didion-ebook/dp/B06XRSTBMN/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=slouching+towards+bethlehem+by+joan+didion&qid=1658977280&s=digital-text&sprefix=
Ep313: How I Get Sh*t Done Vicky officially “comes out” as a person with ADHD, and Joe interviews her about how she gets stuff done as a writer and book coach, how she copes with her ridiculous brain, and they offer suggestions on what to do when “foolproof” tools don’t work for you. There’s also a Magic Mike moment when Joe takes off his shirt, which is SUPER radio. Enjoy!   Key Takeaways: [0:55] Vicky is changing the podcast name!  [1:35] Everyone is sticky and doesn’t like the weather today. [7:15] Project Dingle update!  [10:10] Vicky loves to run her life on lists. [13:25] Vicky likes to break her tasks down into pieces so she doesn’t overwhelm herself.  [15:55] Despite this, there are some days where Vicky does struggle.  [20:20] The famous marshmallow test that determines a child’s delayed gratification. Why do some kids fail at it?  [22:15] Vicky prefers to reward herself first, ride the dopamine hit, and then do the hard thing.   [26:45] Vicky breaks down how she structures her mornings and nights.  [29:05] How does Vicky cope with overwhelm?  [33:35] Vicky’s brain is chaotic, but organized.  [35:00] Vicky hasn’t told her family she really does suffer from ADHD.  [37:00] Vicky forgets where she puts her keys all the time. Not just some of the time. All the time.  [38:00] It’s really important to understand your style and how you work so that you can get more things done.    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour Free Writing Prompt Calendar Start Your book Templates Book Breakthrough Jam Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick The Scar Novel by China Miéville The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Show Your Work! By Austin Kleon
Ep312: 10 Tricks to Help You Start Writing Ever struggle to start something—like you want to get on with writing, but instead you do 4,197 other things? Yep so does Vicky. So dive into this week’s podcast in which she and Joe talk about how to get started and do the things you want to do—even if you’ve tried all the “expert productivity techniques” and they haven’t worked for you. They didn’t work for Vicky either because—LISTEN UP—those techniques aren’t for us! Join us for 10 brain tricks, discover you’re not broken, and then get started. Hurrah!   Key Takeaways: [5:35] Vicky rode her motorbike for the first time in six years!  [7:10] Project dingle update!  [9:20] Some people really struggle with getting started. Vicky is one of them.  [10:50] If you really wanna do something, you have to trick your brain.  [14:15] Instead of tackling all of the things, just put one thing away, or focus on one small thing to get you started.  [15:00] Get your word count started by only writing 3 words! [17:40] Vicky doesn’t recommend using the pomodoro technique. She shares why.  [24:30] Try to play your day, even if it doesn’t go according to plan, at least you have an outline.  [25:30] Eat the frog? Doesn’t work for Vicky! She gets too distracted.  [27:45] If your task is too big, use a template!  [29:00] Vicky has some templates for you to help you write your book!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour Free Writing Prompt Calendar Start Your book Templates Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Matt Raekelboom on Instagram The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick The Scar Novel by China Miéville The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Show Your Work! By Austin Kleon
Ep311: RePod: Initiative Takes Work This is a repod, and we hope you enjoy it. It’s eternally relevant. Do you need kicking into action? So do we, friend. So do we. So when I saw Seth Godin's email titled "Initiative takes effort" last summer, I filed it away as the spark of a podcast episode idea. Here is that episode! In it, Joe and I have a chat about why we struggle to get started, and what can help. Plus Vicky shares another creative non-fiction writing tip with you. Enjoy!   Key Takeaways: [2:50] Storytellers are never ever going to be unwanted.  [7:10] Vicky reads an excerpt of a book and explains why she loves this passage.  [9:30] Were there any big events that happened in your lifetime? Draw up a timeline of your life. [11:05] Want to learn how to write better? This is a great activity for you to do!  [14:00] Why is play so important in our adult lives?  [18:25] Vicky needs accountability. When you have a partner to do things with, you’re much more likely to do those things.  [22:30] Joe explains what shrimping means in MMA. [24:25] You can absolutely sit down and write a book on your own, but most people don’t.  [27:00] Want to write a book? Don’t do it alone.  [27:35] Want to learn something? Find someone to help you.    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour July Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Lord of the Silver Bow, by David Gemmell Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown
Ep310: Book Things I Can Help You With Join Vicky and Joe as they talk about the wonders of short stories, the importance of pronouns (because they ARE important—tune if you’re in a frothing rage about how “woke” I am and find out why), and the fantastic hot seat book coaching event Vicky ran last week. They run through the 5 questions she chose, and show you how you can get past similar challenges. Happy listening!   Key Takeaways: [2:25] Elephants are Vicky’s favorite animals.   [7:00] Exploring a genderless species, and why language is important.  [11:50] Imagine not being able to recognize faces because of a brain injury.  [16:00] Vicky received some great questions lately!  [16:55] How do you know which non-fiction book to write?  [19:20] How do I get the right tone down for my readers? [20:15] This is your first draft! Your tone of voice isn’t going to match 100% on its first go.  [22:00] How do you know when you’re finished?  [25:20] Why am I stuck?  [29:00] Currently stuck on a writing problem? Don’t worry, they’re common and Vicky is always here to help!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour April Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Levarburtonpodcast.com The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
Ep309: Be A Client Whisperer with John Holcroft Part 2 Vicky is back with John Holcroft to talk about the book writing process! How did John get started? What challenges did he face, and how did he overcome them? And what does he have on his bedside table? Discover all this and more in this week’s action-packed episode. Enjoy!   Key Takeaways: [3:15] There is a high failure rate with building software because it’s often not useful for prospects to use. [8:10] How long does it take to write a book? [10:15] John started recruiting people for his book early on in the process. [14:00] John learned in school that he hates writing.  [20:05] Want to know what John’s book’s about? He’s got a TL;DR version!  [24:55] John shares some storytelling lessons he learned from Pixar.  [31:25] Some of John’s best feedback were the shortest.  [33:05] John had his daughter read his book, and even though it wasn’t his target audience, she had a lot of very useful feedback from home about readability.  [37:45] John recognizes that there were so many people who helped his book come into existence.  [40:45] John thought he was writing ‘not a real’ book because it was too short.  [50:05[ What is John thankful for right now?  [51:50] Interested in John’s book? It’s on Amazon!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour April Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk John Holcroft Be A Client Whisperer: A short guide on getting clients to tell you what matters
Ep308: Be A Client Whisperer with John Holcroft Part 1 This week, Vicky is talking to Team Moxie Member John Holcroft about his new book, Be a Client Whisperer. It’s been a long time coming and it’s worth the wait—join Vicky and John as they dig into why he wrote his book, why everyone needs to read it, and how YOU can become a client whisperer. Part 2 follows next week!   Key Takeaways:   [2:07] John describes how he became an entrepreneur that made a great product nobody wanted. [7:53] A sparks card is not a reward card. [10:59] Another project John worked on that didn’t really go anywhere. [15:15] John started writing a different book called Don’t Start Coding. [16:55] In Chapter Seven of Be a Client Whisperer, John describes the perfect example of people not listening to each other. [20:06] No one notices good marketing. It is when someone just tries to sell, sell, sell that people notice how yucky bad marketing is. [23:35] There are worksheets in John’s book to help business owners change their habits. [26:32] John struggled to interview people for his project. [30:29] What to expect from Part 2 and how to get a copy of Be A Client Whisperer.      Mentioned in This Episode: Website Weird and Wonderful Free Writing Calendar Book Breakthrough Jam Moxie Books Podcast Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk John Holcroft Be A Client Whisperer: A short guide on getting clients to tell you what matters
Ep307: The Purple Yeti of Resistance This week’s special guest is the Purple Yeti of Resistance, which sits on Vicky’s chest and stops her from writing. Tune in and find out how she defeats her yeti, and listen to Joe’s take on getting stuff done. You can also listen to Joe be horrified by the phrase “refilling your creative cup” and discover why Vicky has been writing and recording tiny songs. Enjoy!    Key Takeaways: [0:55] Joe is reading the gender-neutral Left in the Darkness, an aged Christie spoiler, and Vicky’s non-fiction fix is Furiously Happy.  [6:03] Songwriting with Ben and Joel: Will the Deadbeats be a hit? [8:16] Vicky introduces us to her giant purple Yeti of resistance. [11:24] Tips and techniques for pushing through resistance to jump-start your writing. [17:31] One thing that works for almost everybody… try habit stacking.  [21:39] Complete a decent writing session? Reward yourself. [22:08] How to fill your creative cup. [24:04] Don’t beat yourself up when you come up against resistance when writing. It’s hard sometimes. [26:53] Weird and Wonderful Season 3 is open and Book Breakthrough is on. Reach out to Vicky.   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Weird and Wonderful Free Writing Calendar Book Breakthrough Jam Moxie Books Podcast Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Ep306: Worst Writing Advice EVER This week on the podcast Vicky and Joe discuss idling, mowing the lawn (or not as the case may be), never-ending bathrooms, and the worst. writing. advice. EVER. Listen up as Vicky has opinions on the idea that writers have a muse and the muse bestows ideas. Joe weighs in on the topic of motivation. And at the end, as a special treat, Vicky interviews Joe in rapid-fire styleeeee so come and learn a little more about him!   Key Takeaways: [2:05] Joe is reading Of Women and Salt and Vicky is reading her second Agatha Christie, an Idler’s Manual, and My Left Foot. [4:26] If you are one of the very few people who do not know about My Left Foot, Vicky describes it. [5:47] Vicky makes a -50 degree mistake. [7:24] At Dom’s Impact event, Vicky spoke about the magic of writing books. [10:01] Vicky’s favorite bad writing advice. [11:58] What happens when you ‘write when you are inspired’. [13:00] The idea of inspiration comes, not from the gods, but from hallucinogens. [16:12] Vicky reveals where inspiration truly comes from. [17:56] Look at things. Because a drop of water can contain an entire universe. [20:02] How Vicky gets motivated to write. [22:17] Joe reminds us of the power of habits. [25:01] Joe sums up this show’s takeaways, or does he? [26:36] Vicky turns her rapid-fire questions toward Joe. [28:55] How Joe makes Vicky laugh.   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Join Vicky’s Power Hour Free Writing Calendar Book Breakthrough Jam Moxie Books Podcast Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk The Idler Of Women and Salt Mysterious Affair at Styles An Idler’s Manual My Left Foot Swiss Family Robinson
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