This week Vicky and Joe get extremely confused about what day it is, it being that weird time between Christmas and New Year, and wonder if you’d prefer a podcast about their cottage renovations. Write in! Then they get to the good stuff: Vicky’s top 5 favourite creative writing thingies. They’re fun, they’re useful, and they’ll make you a more joyful writer. Happy new year!
- [1:00] Vicky and Joe share their predictions for 2022, including when this episode will come out.
- [02:24] Between Christmas and New Year, Vicky will mostly be in her pyjamas reading books. What’s on her reading list?
- [03:35] Vicky and Joe share updates on Project Dingle. Shout out to Ken for their new door frame!
- [04:30] Joe calls Vicky out for choosing the most expensive tiles in the world. Vicky explains herself.
- [06:30] Vicky and Joe ask, should they start a Project Dingle podcast?
- [06:55] Vicky shares her 5 favourite creative writing exercises!
- [07:25] Creative vs technical vs academic. Which kind of writing is boring?
- [09:00] There is a lot to be had from noticing the tiny details. Vicky shares how to look closely and some examples on how to incorporate it into writing.
- [12:30] Pick an animal or object and write a biography about it. Vicky shares an unusual tip with this one.
- [12:50] Vicky also mentions the podcast, Everything is Alive and how interesting interviewing objects can be.
- [14:35] Vicky shares an exercise she did for her MA where she wrote an A-G (on the way to Z) of her life digressions and how it helped broaden her thinking.
- [16:30] Writers are really great at noticing stuff. Find out how this relates to Vicky’s 4th exercise.
- [18:20] Not all writing is actual writing. Vicky shares what you can do to expound on your thinking and exploring to spark an idea.
- [20:45] Vicky recommends another book called, The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker, for more ways to spark creativity and discover joy.
- [21:17] Vicky’s last exercise focuses on being really specific. She shares what this actually means and some examples.
- [24:25] We can’t connect with vagueness, details make people more interested.
- [25:30] Vicky is relaunching her 3 month book writing program by the end of January! Find out more through the links below.
- [28:00] What’s in store for the next episode? Find out if Joe and Vicky figure out the day of the week for you to tune in to that.
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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.