Join Me and Dream Big!

I’m coming up to a new book release pretty soon and while I have published before there are a lot of things I want to do differently this time around. I have grand plans for the launch of my latest novel, The Ninth Hunter, and I’ll be announcing the release date very soon. So, instead of closing my eyes and jumping off the ledge like I did last time, I’ve been spending a lot of time researching ideas and learning everything I can about being an author, in the public sense, because what we do Β at the writing desk day after day, years at a time, is very different to reveal yourself to the big bad world!

Every night before I go to sleep, I listen to interviews, speeches and podcasts in the quest for bookish inspiration. I have a few favourites that I keep going back to and listening to their tales of success is always a great reminder that we can do anything we set our minds to.

There have been so many great stories but I listened to one last week and haven’t been able to get it out of my head since then. I played this podcast because Joanna Penn listed it as one that had the greatest impact on her own journey. Her interview with Clare Edwards, Inspiration for Authors, Resilience, Accepting Criticism and Being an Introvert, really drives into the heart of self doubt and how to push yourself into the path of success.

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For anyone interested in knowing more, I’d definitely recommend listening to the full podcast here. There were so many great elements about being creative and how you can use introversion to your own benefit, but the one message that stuck with me was the significance of breaking your goal into manageable pieces.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the big picture, where there is no end to the work that needs to be done and the probability of reaching your goals seems all too slim. And while it’s really important to aim high and have a strategy, it’s also essential to separate yourself from the big picture sometimes. Don’t overwhelm yourself and just keep taking small steps to get closer. What really matters is that you’re still moving forward. And that’s exactly where I am right now. I have big plans but for now, I’m just taking bite sized pieces and building them into something brave.

“They say to be successful you need to surround yourself with successful people.”

So, thank you to all the amazing authors I’ve become friends with on my journey, you all inspire me on a daily basis!

Join me, and dream big!

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6 thoughts on “Join Me and Dream Big!

  1. I like listening to podcasts too for the same reason. I love that our fellow authors are so happy to share their journeys and give advice based on their own experience. It’s a really great community of people. I listened recently to an episode of the kobo Writing Life Podcast with Barbara Freethy, and it changed my plan for two of my books – I had planned to release them in December, even though I was ready some months ago for the ebooks (paperback’s still pending tweaks). Thanks to her advice, I launched the ebooks ahead of schedule, and I saved the podcast onto my MP3 because she gave so much good advice πŸ™‚ What are some of your favourite podcasts for authors?

    • Oh, that’s so cool! I’ll have to check that one out.

      I have listened to a few Kobo ones before, which I really enjoyed. I also like Writing Excuses, they’re only 15 minutes which is good when I don’t have much time.

      I also listen to a whole bunch of TED talks on creativity.

      How about you? Any other favourites I can check out?

      • I used to listen to the guys of the Self Publishing Podcast, but I find they talk more about their books these days so though the older ones are great when they have guests, the recent ones not so much. I’ve heard of Writing Excuses before, but I don’t think I’ve ever listened. I’ll have to look into them. The other podcast I listen to regularily at the moment is Entrepreneur on Fire. Sometimes it is relevant for authors, but you’d be surprised what you can pick out of the interviews as useful things even when the guest isn’t an author πŸ™‚

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