Episode 235: Why “just be your authentic self” is astonishingly crap advice

Episode 235: Why “just be your authentic self” is astonishingly crap advice

Show Notes

Join Vicky and Joe as they talk books, writing, and the patriarchy – and Vicky bemoans the fact that lipstick doesn’t in fact have magical powers. After that, you’ll get the lowdown on why “just be your authentic self” is total crap advice, and we’re sorry for the number of times we say “authentic” in this episode. But to make up for it, what you get is a little masterclass in how to become a better writer and genuinely find your unique voice. Cool, huh?

Key Points

  • [6:15] Unfortunately, women are valued for their beauty and their child rearing abilities.
  • [7:25] Joe has had an exciting work trip to Poland!
  • [10:15] Why should you be your authentic self?
  • [15:45] How can you figure out how to be your ‘authentic’ self?
  • [16:50] Start by reading really great stuff.
  • [18:55] Take notes when you see something you like!
  • [19:20] Create a list of writers you currently admire and try to rewrite (in your own words) some of their work.  
  • [20:30] Good writing is often very subjective.
  • [21:55] Are you writing / sounding like someone else? The good news is you can fix that!
  • [22:10] Thank you for leaving a review of the podcast!!!!!!!!!
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Vicky Fraser is the founder of Moxie Books and author of How The Hell Do You Write A Book and Business For Superheroes. She helps business owners write life-changing books, connect with readers and new customers, and grow their businesses. When she’s not doing that, she’s hanging from a trapeze by her feet.