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In today's diary entry, I’m speaking with Andy Mort. In Andy’s own words… he is a songwriter, creativity coach, and founder of The Haven, where he helps gentle rebels (introverted and deeply sensitive souls) move at a pace and rhythm that suits them so they can nurture more creative play in their lives and share their voice with the world. During our conversation, we talk about things like: Andy’s experiences as a drummer and singer in a band at school, Andy’s teenage and university life, the jobs Andy has had, and how he ended up spending 6 years as an undertaker, Andy’s first website and how it developed as a music blog and podcast, how Andy’s blog and podcast became about not just one thing (but a blend of things like music, personality type and creativity), how Andy realised that these parts could come together (rather than having to choose a niche), how Andy manages his energy flow and processes his emotions, how Andy has navigated working a day-job alongside working on a creative business, what a day and week in the life of Andy looks like (and why he does things that might seem counter-productive), and the feelings Andy felt before and after delivering his TEDx talk (as well as what he has taken away from that experience). 📝 You can find the shownotes to this episode, including links to Andy’s blog and TEDx talks, at: indiewriter.net/episode17
In this diary entry, I talk about the unhelpful myth of writers being called "talented", and the book which has helped change my perspective. 📝 You can find shownotes for this episode, including links for all of the books I mentioned, at: indiewriter.net/episode16
In today's diary entry, I speak again with my friend Lauren Sapala, a writer and writing coach. The loose theme for our conversation was "the joys of self-publishing". In particular, we talked about things like: - the tips + lessons learned from publishing our books the indie way - how silent-writing and self-publishing have changed Lauren’s world as a writer - why Lauren chose to self-publish, after years of querying - the realities of self-publishing vs traditional publishing - my experience as an intern in a big publishing house - Lauren’s experience working in a social media startup for famous authors and spending time in San Francisco’s literary scene - the power and freedom that comes with self-publishing and the creator economy - why Lauren edits her own books, and whether you should do your own editing, or not - some of our favourite books, stories and TV shows 📝 You can find shownotes for this episode, including links to the books and other things we mentioned, at: indiewriter.net/episode15
In this diary entry, I take the opportunity to formally introduce the Diary of an Indie Writer podcast. I share my story + why this podcast exists, how I became a 'writer' and an 'independent writer' (and how I define those two things), and why we are living in the best time there has ever been to make money - or a career - from writing. 📝 You can find the shownotes for this episode, including the two blogs posts I referenced ('How I became a writer' and 'How I became an independent writer'), at: indiewriter.net/episode14
My conversation partner this time is Jessica Pereira.  Jessica is a B2B SaaS and digital marketing writer. But you can also find her on Freelance to Fortune, a blog dedicated to her and other writer’s journeys to six figures. When she’s not helping freelancers scale her business, you can find her reading fiction and planning her next road trip. During our conversation, we talked about things like: - Jessica’s road-trip travels - Identity as writers, online and offline - What is a freelance writer? - How Jessica became a full-time freelancer in a year - Landing her first client - Jessica’s advice for discovering your niche - Imposter syndrome and confidence - Jessica' 'Freelance to Fortune' blog and who it is for - Future plans for her blog and newsletter - Jessica’s journey to 6-figures, and growing sustainably (without burning out) 📝 You can find notes for this episode at: indiewriter.net/episode13
My conversation partner today is Anna-Marie O’Brien. Anna-Marie O'Brien grew up in Ohio as a fan of rock music and good books. After working for a record label in the early 1990's, she spent almost 20 years as a public librarian. She now coaches writers through their creative journey, and is currently working on her third book. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona. We talk about things like: - Anna-Marie's writing journey with writing - Her career transition from librarian to writer - Memoir vs other forms of writing - "When did you realise you were worthy of being an author?" - How Anna-Marie became a writing coach - The importance of writing and creativity in our healing  - Anna-Marie’s blog to share her journey as she writes her next book - Advice for anyone who is feeling blocked and stuck with their writing 📝 You can find notes for this episode at: indiewriter.net/episode12
Sasa is an indie maker I initially met on Indiehackers, and we then both ended up in the ‘digital nomad village’ in Madeira during the Summer. We recorded this conversation in-person whilst we were there. If you’re someone who wants to be an independent blogger or a creator of any kind, if you’re already on that path, or you’re currently in a spot where you’re feeling unhappy in your employed job, I feel like this conversation will speak to you. We talk about things like:  - introducing yourself, and your ‘identity’ as a creator   - why Sasa left his full-time job as a software developer   - ‘building in public’, and connecting with people on twitter   - how Sasa and I met, our experiences in the ‘digital nomad village’ in Madeira, and the importance of friendships and community   - what Sasa is currently working on 📝 notes for this episode: indiewriter.net/episode11
I became an author a few days ago... after working on it for more than 2 years, The Indie Author is book is complete and now on sale. Find out all about it in today's diary entry.  📖 buy a copy of The Indie Author: https://theindieauthor.net  Thank you for your support :) 📝 find notes for this episodes, including a photo of my smiley face with my book in my hands, at: indiewriter.net/episode10
In today's diary entry, I speak with my good friend Lauren Sapala, a writer and writing coach. The loose theme for our conversation was "our sensitivity and how we can manage it". In particular, we talked about things like: - Checking-in with how we feel in our bodies   - Counteracting screentime and computer/phone scrolling   - Managing & responding to emails; the 2 helpful prompts Lauren uses   - Why Lauren says “no” a lot  - Giving ourselves *permission* to have what we need - The books we're reading and what we're both currently up to  📝 find notes for this episode, including links for our other conversations and context around our 'sensitivity', at: indiewriter.net/episode9
Narrating an entry from my journal, dated Monday 20th September, 2021.   📝 notes: indiewriter.net/episode8
This is the third of 3 special fireside conversations to celebrate the release of The Indie Author book, with self-published authors Katherine Turner and Rebekah Mallory.  We talk about things like:   - Katherine & Rebekah introduce their first books, Finding Annie and Train Gone  - "What did the writing process look like for you?"   - "Did you write with a genre/themes in mind?"   - Katherine shares hows she started writing her memoir, Resilient   - "Did writing compliment your therapy?"   - Katherine and Rebekah share their thoughts and feelings around marketing - "Have you figured out ways to do marketing in a way that feels more authentic to you?"  - "What's next for you, writing-wise?" 📖 Buy a copy of The Indie Author: https://theindieauthor.net Thank you for your support :) 📝 find notes for this episode, including a picture of the 3 of us in conversation, links to Katherine & Rebekah's books, and a youtube link to our conversation on video, at: indiewriter.net/episode7
In today's diary entry, I share how I've put together my first book, The Indie Author.  I talk about:  - How The Indie Author transitioned from blog to book  - How I found self-published authors to interviews for the book  - Under-estimating the editing process(!)  📖 buy a copy of The Indie Author: https://theindieauthor.net Thank you for your support :) 📝 find notes for this episode, and see it on video, at: indiewriter.net/episode6
This is the second of 3 fireside conversations to celebrate the forthcoming release of The Indie Author book, with Anja Schüler-Renner & John Davis.    We talk about things like:  - how Anja & John navigate both 'writing' and 'making money'   - writing for yourself *and* for an audience / the 1000 True Fans concept   - "How do you do marketing?"   - "How do you do your editing?" 📖 buy a copy of The Indie Author: https://theindieauthor.net Thank you for your support :) 📝 find links to Anja & John's books, and watch this conversation on video, at: indiewriter.net/episode5
In today's diary entry, I am sharing why I started 'The Indie Author' project, and why I've stuck with it over these last two years. (I definitely haven't completed every project I've started, believe me...). I talk about:    - Why I'm so passionate about self-publishing and the 'indie' movement   - How traditional publishing isn't the only way, and may not be the best fit for you right now    - The writers who first blew my mind    - The power of learning from stories vs information  📖 buy a copy of The Indie Author: https://theindieauthor.net Thank you for your support :) 📝 find notes, including a link to watch this episode on video, at: indiewriter.net/episode4
I am delighted to bring you today's episode which officially marks the launch sequence for the release of my first book :) This is my fireside conversation with Lynnda Pollio & Ritu Kaushal, two of the contributing authors to my forthcoming book, The Indie Author.  We talk about things like:  - "What drew you to writing?"    - Lynnda + Ritu share their writing process for their books, Trusting the Currents and The Empath's Journey    - Indie publishing as a way to write from an authentic place, rather than writing for a particular genre    - What 'marketing' has looked like for Ritu and Lynnda 📖 buy a copy of The Indie Author: https://theindieauthor.net 📝 find notes, links to Lynnda and Ritu's books, or see this conversation on video, at: indiewriter.net/episode3
2: My blogging journey

2: My blogging journey

2021-08-2415:20

In today's diary entry, I look back on blogging journey over the last six years. 📝 find notes for this episode, including a link to watch - with graphics - on youtube, at: indiewriter.net/episode2
1: My writing journey

1: My writing journey

2021-08-1726:47

In today's diary entry, I look back on my writing journey from my childhood through to the present day.  📝 find notes for this episode, including a link to watch - with graphics - on youtube, at: indiewriter.net/episode1
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