It’s a podcast on writing for anyone who’s “not a writer.” Best-selling author and Founder of Find Your Voice Allison Fallon explores the power of the written word to create change in yourself, your community, and in the world through interviews with authors, reviews of powerful books, and short motivational prompts to get you moving in the right direction.
Josh Harris on publishing regret and how to keep writing
Have you ever voiced an idea or opinion, and then wished you could take it back?
As people who like sharing our stories with the world, we've likely all said or written something that we wish we hadn't. Our opinion changed, or we realized how we negatively influenced others. When this happens, it's tempting to wonder if sharing our stories is worth it in the long run.
If you're familiar with Josh Harris, you might know him as the author of 1997 book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, or its sequel, Boy Meets Girl. He has a lot of regret over these books and other writing. After moving on from his position as pastor and publicly deconstructing long-held religious beliefs, he now finds himself in a new role: coaching all kinds of people as they, too, learn to live authentically through change.
Today's podcast episode covers the following questions:
What to do when we wish we could take it back?How do we keep the fear of saying something we'll regret from paralyzing us?How do we move forward, knowing that we can't always control the impact of our words? joshharris.com
Thad Cockrell: When is my Big Break?
Have you ever asked, "When is my big break?"
Thad has been a musician for years, and he was about to move on in his life when he got a call from Jimmy Fallon. This episode Thad shares how he, an artist who was about to stop making music, got onto Jimmy Fallon, the Today Show, and spoke to millions with his music.
Art transforms us, and it transforms others. It is worth your effort, even when you think no one is listening.
Thad's story on Rolling Stone
Caroline Cook: When is Your Window to Write?
When is the right time to publish?
And, can a “normal” (and busy) person like me actually write a book?
Writer, speaker, teacher Caroline Cook has always seen herself as a writer, but the time was never quite right. Caroline is a regular person, with a job and with kids and with lots of responsibilities on her plate. Now, as her kids start leaving the nest, she has found an opportunity to share a message that’s been on her heart for a long time.
Caroline is taking her shot, and so can you. Your story is worth it.
Memoir: How to write about the people who hurt you
Everyone has that one person (or people) in their lives: the people who have made life difficult. They might be loved, hated, or just inconveniently around, and you might find it hard to write about them honestly.
How do you write about the people who have hurt you?
In this episode, author and writing coach Allison Fallon covers:
The narrative role of "villains" in your lifeLegal ramifications of writing about real-life peopleWhat gets in the way as we're writing about true storiesThree important tips when writing about your villain
Julie Broad on the surprising advantages of self publishing
If you're writing a book for the first time, chances are you're hoping to traditionally publish.
What most first-time authors don't know is that there are several paths to publishing success out there, and self publishing is actually quite common (and can be quite profitable).
In this episode, author and writing coach Allison Fallon
talks with Julie Broad, an Amazon Overall #1 Best Selling Author, an International Book Award Winner, and founder of Book Launchers.
Surprising advantages to self publishingThe biggest challenge for self-published authors and the common struggles of traditionally published authorsThe difference between self publishing, hybrid publishing and vanity pressesHow you can know what publishing path is right for you
book: Self-Publish & Succeed: The No Boring Books Way to Writing a Non-Fiction Book that Sells
Alexander Fields: Ask a literary agent
One of the top questions we get here at Find Your Voice is: "How do I find a literary agent?"
On this episode, we talk with literary agent Alexander Fields about everything publishing related! Listen to learn:
What a literary agent is and what they doWhat to do before reaching out to an agentHow to reach out to an agentWebsite: thebinderyagency.com
Podcast: On Publishing
Links from the episode:
Writer's Digest article: The Editor Behind the Curtainpublishersweekly.comwritersdigest.compublishersmarketplace.com
Amazing support for aspiring writers
I found out about this podcast when I listened to Allison Fallon’s interview with Donald Miller, in the Business Made Simple podcast. I enjoy this podcast because it is rich with tips and useful information for people who are interested in writing, or dream in becoming a published author (like me). I like the emphasis on writing our stories to uncover our own narratives and learn more about ourselves. The interviews with other authors and writers are inspiring. Allison goes deep in the questions, and she always explains how the answer to her questions can help her audience with their own writing. Anyone who is interested in writing will benefit from listening to this podcast.
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Practical help and inspiration for writers
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