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Vicky Fraser

This is a podcast about one woman's mission to help entrepreneurs and business owners write and self-publish better business books. Each week, we tackle your writing excuses (because they're our excuses too) – and help you beat the Blank Page Of Doom so you can write a book that makes a real difference. Also contains adulting fails, the adventures of the TinySheeps, and a bundle of fantastic interviews with people far smarter than us. Find us at moxiebooks.co.uk.

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Ep310: Book Things I Can Help You With
2d ago
Ep310: Book Things I Can Help You With
Join Vicky and Joe as they talk about the wonders of short stories, the importance of pronouns (because they ARE important—tune if you’re in a frothing rage about how “woke” I am and find out why), and the fantastic hot seat book coaching event Vicky ran last week. They run through the 5 questions she chose, and show you how you can get past similar challenges. Happy listening!   Key Takeaways: [2:25] Elephants are Vicky’s favorite animals.   [7:00] Exploring a genderless species, and why language is important.  [11:50] Imagine not being able to recognize faces because of a brain injury.  [16:00] Vicky received some great questions lately!  [16:55] How do you know which non-fiction book to write?  [19:20] How do I get the right tone down for my readers? [20:15] This is your first draft! Your tone of voice isn’t going to match 100% on its first go.  [22:00] How do you know when you’re finished?  [25:20] Why am I stuck?  [29:00] Currently stuck on a writing problem? Don’t worry, they’re common and Vicky is always here to help!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour April Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Levarburtonpodcast.com The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
Ep310: Book Things I Can Help You With
2d ago
Ep310: Book Things I Can Help You With
Join Vicky and Joe as they talk about the wonders of short stories, the importance of pronouns (because they ARE important—tune if you’re in a frothing rage about how “woke” I am and find out why), and the fantastic hot seat book coaching event Vicky ran last week. They run through the 5 questions she chose, and show you how you can get past similar challenges. Happy listening!   Key Takeaways: [2:25] Elephants are Vicky’s favorite animals.   [7:00] Exploring a genderless species, and why language is important.  [11:50] Imagine not being able to recognize faces because of a brain injury.  [16:00] Vicky received some great questions lately!  [16:55] How do you know which non-fiction book to write?  [19:20] How do I get the right tone down for my readers? [20:15] This is your first draft! Your tone of voice isn’t going to match 100% on its first go.  [22:00] How do you know when you’re finished?  [25:20] Why am I stuck?  [29:00] Currently stuck on a writing problem? Don’t worry, they’re common and Vicky is always here to help!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour April Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Levarburtonpodcast.com The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: And Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks
Ep309: Be A Client Whisperer with John Holcroft Part 2
09-06-2022
Ep309: Be A Client Whisperer with John Holcroft Part 2
Vicky is back with John Holcroft to talk about the book writing process! How did John get started? What challenges did he face, and how did he overcome them? And what does he have on his bedside table? Discover all this and more in this week’s action-packed episode. Enjoy!   Key Takeaways: [3:15] There is a high failure rate with building software because it’s often not useful for prospects to use. [8:10] How long does it take to write a book? [10:15] John started recruiting people for his book early on in the process. [14:00] John learned in school that he hates writing.  [20:05] Want to know what John’s book’s about? He’s got a TL;DR version!  [24:55] John shares some storytelling lessons he learned from Pixar.  [31:25] Some of John’s best feedback were the shortest.  [33:05] John had his daughter read his book, and even though it wasn’t his target audience, she had a lot of very useful feedback from home about readability.  [37:45] John recognizes that there were so many people who helped his book come into existence.  [40:45] John thought he was writing ‘not a real’ book because it was too short.  [50:05[ What is John thankful for right now?  [51:50] Interested in John’s book? It’s on Amazon!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour April Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk John Holcroft Be A Client Whisperer: A short guide on getting clients to tell you what matters
Ep308: Be A Client Whisperer with John Holcroft Part 1
02-06-2022
Ep308: Be A Client Whisperer with John Holcroft Part 1
This week, Vicky is talking to Team Moxie Member John Holcroft about his new book, Be a Client Whisperer. It’s been a long time coming and it’s worth the wait—join Vicky and John as they dig into why he wrote his book, why everyone needs to read it, and how YOU can become a client whisperer. Part 2 follows next week!   Key Takeaways:   [2:07] John describes how he became an entrepreneur that made a great product nobody wanted. [7:53] A sparks card is not a reward card. [10:59] Another project John worked on that didn’t really go anywhere. [15:15] John started writing a different book called Don’t Start Coding. [16:55] In Chapter Seven of Be a Client Whisperer, John describes the perfect example of people not listening to each other. [20:06] No one notices good marketing. It is when someone just tries to sell, sell, sell that people notice how yucky bad marketing is. [23:35] There are worksheets in John’s book to help business owners change their habits. [26:32] John struggled to interview people for his project. [30:29] What to expect from Part 2 and how to get a copy of Be A Client Whisperer.      Mentioned in This Episode: Website Weird and Wonderful Free Writing Calendar Book Breakthrough Jam Moxie Books Podcast Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk John Holcroft Be A Client Whisperer: A short guide on getting clients to tell you what matters
Ep307: The Purple Yeti of Resistance
26-05-2022
Ep307: The Purple Yeti of Resistance
This week’s special guest is the Purple Yeti of Resistance, which sits on Vicky’s chest and stops her from writing. Tune in and find out how she defeats her yeti, and listen to Joe’s take on getting stuff done. You can also listen to Joe be horrified by the phrase “refilling your creative cup” and discover why Vicky has been writing and recording tiny songs. Enjoy!    Key Takeaways: [0:55] Joe is reading the gender-neutral Left in the Darkness, an aged Christie spoiler, and Vicky’s non-fiction fix is Furiously Happy.  [6:03] Songwriting with Ben and Joel: Will the Deadbeats be a hit? [8:16] Vicky introduces us to her giant purple Yeti of resistance. [11:24] Tips and techniques for pushing through resistance to jump-start your writing. [17:31] One thing that works for almost everybody… try habit stacking.  [21:39] Complete a decent writing session? Reward yourself. [22:08] How to fill your creative cup. [24:04] Don’t beat yourself up when you come up against resistance when writing. It’s hard sometimes. [26:53] Weird and Wonderful Season 3 is open and Book Breakthrough is on. Reach out to Vicky.   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Weird and Wonderful Free Writing Calendar Book Breakthrough Jam Moxie Books Podcast Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
Ep306: Worst Writing Advice EVER
19-05-2022
Ep306: Worst Writing Advice EVER
This week on the podcast Vicky and Joe discuss idling, mowing the lawn (or not as the case may be), never-ending bathrooms, and the worst. writing. advice. EVER. Listen up as Vicky has opinions on the idea that writers have a muse and the muse bestows ideas. Joe weighs in on the topic of motivation. And at the end, as a special treat, Vicky interviews Joe in rapid-fire styleeeee so come and learn a little more about him!   Key Takeaways: [2:05] Joe is reading Of Women and Salt and Vicky is reading her second Agatha Christie, an Idler’s Manual, and My Left Foot. [4:26] If you are one of the very few people who do not know about My Left Foot, Vicky describes it. [5:47] Vicky makes a -50 degree mistake. [7:24] At Dom’s Impact event, Vicky spoke about the magic of writing books. [10:01] Vicky’s favorite bad writing advice. [11:58] What happens when you ‘write when you are inspired’. [13:00] The idea of inspiration comes, not from the gods, but from hallucinogens. [16:12] Vicky reveals where inspiration truly comes from. [17:56] Look at things. Because a drop of water can contain an entire universe. [20:02] How Vicky gets motivated to write. [22:17] Joe reminds us of the power of habits. [25:01] Joe sums up this show’s takeaways, or does he? [26:36] Vicky turns her rapid-fire questions toward Joe. [28:55] How Joe makes Vicky laugh.   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Join Vicky’s Power Hour Free Writing Calendar Book Breakthrough Jam Moxie Books Podcast Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk The Idler Of Women and Salt Mysterious Affair at Styles An Idler’s Manual My Left Foot Swiss Family Robinson
Ep305: Copy + Creativity with Kim Krause Schwalm
12-05-2022
Ep305: Copy + Creativity with Kim Krause Schwalm
Join Vicky as she talks to Kim Krause Schwalm about dildo stories! Oh, wait—sorry—CHILDREN’S stories. (Vicky learns not to mumble into the mic...) In this week’s episode, Vicky asks Kim all about moving from full-time copywriting into copy mentoring, building a list and brand, and taking a stab at a totally new kind of writing: screenplays and children’s books.   Key Takeaways: [2:06] An A-list copywriter describes what gratifies her these days. [3:52] Why can’t we all just get along? What Vicky likes about Kim’s emails. [5:40] Female copywriters are so freaking nice. [7:30] Kim explains her Fast Track to A-list mentoring program and the advice she gives to mentees. [14:20] The ingredients Kim uses to make magic. [16:48] Joining Vicky’s Power Hour was a game-changer for Kim’s personal projects. [19:11] The importance of writing a little bit every day, and the book Kim reads once a year.  [21:49] The inside scoop about Kim’s children’s books. [23:48] The Big Reveal: Kim’s current read, favorite reads, favorite song, and binge-worthy show. [26:58] Optimistically speaking, Kim is grateful for her health and her amazing kids. [29:46] Find out more about Kim.   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Join Vicky’s Power Hour Moxie Books Podcast Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Kim Schwalm Scientific Advertising The Invention of Wings  The Immortalists The Book of Longings
Ep304: What Does a Book Coach Actually DO?
05-05-2022
Ep304: What Does a Book Coach Actually DO?
Join Vicky and Joe as Vicky freaks out about a horror movie they watched—and get a few brilliant book recommendations. (Not horror.) Then sit back and relax as they ask: so what does a book coach actually DO anyway? Good question. For Vicky, there are 10 main areas of support—tune in and find out what they are, and what to look out for if you’re thinking of working with a book coach to write your book.   Key Takeaways: [5:25] Did you know people who were born deaf can still learn how to hear vibrations? [9:00] Vicky is still having nightmares from a recent horror film she watched. [9:35] What does a book coach actually do? [11:20] Vicky looks at different ways you can make your book unique and stand out. [12:15] A book coach should take care of the writer. [13:55] A book is a big project and you don’t want to sacrifice your life to get it done.  [14:00] A great quality about Vicky is that she will always tell you the truth!  [17:35] Vicky wants to see you make progress.  [22:35] Vicky gets a lot of joy seeing her writers get their work done and published. [25:40] What makes a potential client not a good fit for her?  [28:45] Vicky breaks down her process as a book coach.  [30:10] Want to work with Vicky? Reach out to her!  Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour April Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Do No Harm Book by Henry Marsh Of Women and Salt Book by Gabriela Garcia The Brain by David Eagleman
Ep303: Traditional Publishing—DO BETTER
28-04-2022
Ep303: Traditional Publishing—DO BETTER
This week Vicky goes solo and runs her mouth off about how traditional publishers need to BLOODY DO BETTER. She got a message after the last episode, and that message inspired this little rant about a bunch of problems that traditional publishing needs to fix. Tune in and find out why independent publishing is so crucial for writers and readers, and what needs to change in the industry.   Key Takeaways: [0:55] Joe is gone off to Germany and Vicky is fighting with sheep. [2:45] Vicky is back with a follow-up episode to her last week’s podcast episode. Vanity publishing! [3:30] How diverse are these big publishers’ editors? [4:40] Including a ‘token’ character in your book because you think it ought to be there, is a problem. [6:00] How do you write an authentic character? [7:55] Most people want to read books from other diverse people, not just from rich white people! [9:25] Don’t wait to be given permission. [10:50] Want to know what a book coach does? That’s Vicky’s next episode!   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour April Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie Do No Harm Book by Henry Marsh
Ep302: The New Vanity Publishing?
21-04-2022
Ep302: The New Vanity Publishing?
This week, Vicky and Joe talk about why we shouldn’t burst our own balloons and downplay our achievements. That’s after Vicky goes on a 5 minute rant about why The Wheel of Time is not something you should read if you want good epic fantasy. So: if you’ve ever thought that self-publishing is “vanity” or that you need a book deal to make your book “worthy,” grab a cup of tea, settle down, put aside your prejudices, and listen to this. Maybe we’ll change your mind.    Key Takeaways: [4:15] Vicky explains why she couldn’t get behind the Wheel of Time book series.  [9:45] Self publishing vs. traditional publishing? What’s right for you? [11:25] Publishing a book, doesn’t matter in what way, is a big deal! Don’t discredit it if it’s self published.  [14:45] Why is self publishing a cool, and completely legitimate, thing to do?  [16:05] What is the reason why you want to write a book?  [18:50] Traditional publishing doesn't always know what they’re talking about/doing. [20:00] Are straight white male authors at a disadvantage?  [23:50] You will not make money off of your book if it’s traditionally published.  [24:00] There are pros and cons to both methods of publishing. Choose with intention, not with vanity.  [26:15] Interested in working with Vicky? Reach out!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour April Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Boyhood, Childhood, Youth by Leo Tolstoy Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie The Great Hunt: Book Two of ‘The Wheel of Time’ by Robert Jordan How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell
Ep301: Bestseller Balls
14-04-2022
Ep301: Bestseller Balls
OMG it’s the 301st episode! Question: do you dream about getting onto the New York Times bestseller list? Don’t bother mate. Bestseller lists are balls—and if we write a book with the aim of getting onto such a list, our book ain’t gonna cut it. This week, Vicky and Joe take a peek into the world of bestseller status, rip it a new one, and natter about The Wheel of Time. Again.   Key Takeaways: [1:25] Vicky is thinking about changing the name of this podcast…again.  [2:10] Can you believe Vicky and Joe have been podcasting since 2015?  [5:35] Quick update on project dingle.  [6:15] Everyone wants to be a bestseller. Why!  [8:15] Don’t look at other people’s best sellers and assume it’s a good book.  [10:35] Just because you have a best seller doesn’t mean you’ve sold a lot of books, or made any money.  [13:05] Although sales might be great, you have to look at why you’re writing this book.  [16:30] Vicky will help you write the best book you can write, and have a book you’re really proud of.  [17:50] Marketing takes longer, but you’ll have a better and more targeted audience by the end of it.  [19:55] Want to write a book but don’t know how? Book a free call with Vicky!   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour April Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Boyhood, Childhood, Youth by Leo Tolstoy The Great Hunt: Book Two of ‘The Wheel of Time’ by Robert Jordan How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell
Ep300: A Hot Take on Hot Takes
07-04-2022
Ep300: A Hot Take on Hot Takes
Tune in for Vicky and Joe’s hot take on hot takes! Yep, this week our hosts have Opinions on other people’s opinions. With the internet crammed full of knee-jerk reactions and instant outrage, what’s the cost to us as a society? How can we slow down and think things through? What can a noble dude from the 1500s teach us about life? And what does all this have to do with books, anyway?   Key Takeaways: [1:00] It’s April but it’s snowing! Vicky and Joe are freezing in their home office. [2:35] Joe reads out the title of the book Vicky is reading in his best radio presenter voice. [03:30] We think of essays as the dry and boring academic stuff that was forced on us during school, but Vicky shares why essays are great! [05:05] Montaigne’s essays are all about figuring out how to live a good life. [06:15] Update on casa dingle! Let’s build some stud walls in the bathroom.   [09:00] What are hot takes? Vicky uses the example of Will Smith’s slap at the Oscars.  [10:40] ‘Hot takes’ take away the attention of what should’ve been a really amazing moment.   [11:45] ‘Hot takes’ usually happen in social media. Vicky shares what really frustrates her about it. [12:45] There is a lot of pressure to have an opinion on something. Vicky talks about Jameela Jamil as an example. [14:30] Books give you space to think and put forward a considered opinion. [15:20] Montaigne wasn’t very bright and forgot things a lot. Vicky explains why she likes his essays.  [16:40] Vicky reads out Mark Manson’s email called, The Life Cycle of Outrage, and explains why she recommends it.  [19:20] Joe wonders what the motivation is for the person that puts these stuff out. [21:50] Vicky can’t imagine one’s life having to comment on everything that’s happening. It must be exhausting! [22:35] Opinions get taken as facts but the two are not the same thing. [24:05] We need to be able to entertain an idea that we might profoundly disagree with. The world is not binary. [24:50] Vicky explains why she’s a fierce advocate of writing and reading a book or other longer forms of way to consume news vs social media. [26:00] And if you would like to write a book, Vicky is still looking for two beautiful weirdos to come with her to her book coaching event!  [27:05] Think slower, go beyond the knee-jerk reactions and take your time to ponder.   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour April Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Boyhood, Childhood, Youth by Leo Tolstoy The Great Hunt: Book Two of ‘The Wheel of Time’ by Robert Jordan My Mess is A Bit Of A Life by Georgia Pritchett How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer by Sarah Bakewell  The Life Cycle of Outrage by Mark Manson
Ep299: Throwing Grammar in the Bin?
31-03-2022
Ep299: Throwing Grammar in the Bin?
We’ve just been in a hot air balloon and be warned, we rave about it for quite a lot of minutes before we get into this week’s episode—an enthusiastic chat about grammar. Does it matter? Is it elitist? Should we throw the whole lot in the bin? And what does it all mean for marginalized writers? Tune in and find out what it’s like being in a hot air balloon, what Joe thinks about class and grammar and cutlery, and why Vicky thinks the publishing industry desperately needs more people who don’t look like her.   Key Takeaways:   [1:00] Vicky and Joe woke up really early today and jumped into a hot air balloon! [04:15] Joe gave up reading The Pillow Book. He found it culturally difficult to connect with it. [05:25] Joe moved on to reading Boyhood, Childhood, Youth and Vicky asks him if he is enjoying this one. [06:55] Georgia Pritchett is such a sparse writer and Vicky just gushes about her! [07:50] Is grammar elitist? Vicky talks about the article she read by Leone Ross. [11:30] As long as the meaning comes across, the grammar really doesn’t matter. Vicky expounds on this further.  [15:05] People in the marketing industry say you should write like you speak but Vicky disagrees. [16:35] Grammar rules are there for clarity but the main point is to be understood by the person you are writing to and for. [18:05] Part of the snobbishness of grammar is the rejection of the unfamiliar and unwillingness to change.  [19:00] Vicky talks about the podcast, The Allusionist, where they interviewed somebody from Iceland and how their language has changed. [20:50] The world is changing and for a language to survive, it has to change with it.  [21:20] What’s the point of this episode? Vicky shares the dreams of her future publishing business. [23:45] Whatever language we’re using to write, we need to be skilled in it and that’s not being elitist. [26:05] Vicky shares how Leone Ross summed up her article and why she really likes it. [27:30] Broaden your horizons and accept that there are voices different from your own. Let it go and rather focus on honing your skills in writing. [29:00] Vicky is looking for two people to work with for her next six month creative book coaching program!   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour March Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon Boyhood, Childhood, Youth by Leo Tolstoy The Great Hunt: Book Two of ‘The Wheel of Time’ by Robert Jordan My Mess is A Bit Of A Life by Georgia Pritchett Is Grammar Elitist? By Leone Ross - Mslexia Magazine Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Normal People by Sally Rooney Theallusionist.org
Ep298: Closing the Empathy Gap with Sharon Hurley-Hall
24-03-2022
Ep298: Closing the Empathy Gap with Sharon Hurley-Hall
Today’s episode is brought to you from an idyllic sun-soaked, palm-fringed shore and also a grey drizzly field—join Vicky as she talks to writer, educator, and anti-racism activist Sharon Hurley-Hall about her upcoming book. Vicky and Sharon talk storytelling and how it has the power to change the world; the empathy gap; and the sorry state of traditional publishing (and what needs to change apart from everything). Tune in and find out why storytelling is the answer to everything (and get a bunch of amazing book recommendations to broaden your reading horizons).   Key Takeaways:   [02:50] A little bit about Sharon and the list of things she does. [03:50] What prompted Sharon to write about diversity and anti-racism?  [05:25] Sharon talks about her book, I’m Tired of Racism and why she titled it that.   [07:35] Writing a book vs writing essays. Sharon shares her book writing process.  [8:50] She talks about the different themes suggested to her by professional editors to draw out the commonality in the different stories she could tell.  [10:50] How was it like working with an editor? [12:35] Telling stories can help people feel empathy. Sharon expounds on this further. [14:30] The difficulty with white people in regards to the empathy gap is the white supremacy system.  [16:20] Sharon believes in the power of the collective and explains why she thinks that. [17:15] Sharon is still working on the nitty gritty of her book and is excited to see when she can announce the pre-order! [19:00] Why did Sharon decide to independently publish? She shares what her journey has been like. [23:00] Vicky loves indie publishing. She asks Sharon what should change in the traditional publishing industry. [24:30] Traditional publishing needs to recognize the other ways of publishing that are valid. Sharon shares that numbers don’t define success. [27:20] Sharon talks about the Hollywood model being applied in traditional publishing and how indie publishing disrupts that. [28:10] Writers should not wait for traditional publishing to decide they are worthy of being published.  [29:00] Sharon shares one of her pet-peeves around anti-racism writing.  [32:00] Sharon can’t find a go-to author because she has a lot of them. She shares her top list of books instead. [34:20] Sharon also shares what she is reading right now!  [34:40] Vicky also asks Sharon what’s one of her favorite books, films and places. [36:20] Sharon shares what she’s most thankful for and it’s about her podcast. [37:00] Sharon has a lot to be proud of and she shares what they are. [37:45] What is on Sharon’s bedside table?   [40:05] Vicky shares what’s up for next week!   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour Join Vicky’s Masterclass Buy Vicky's Book That's What She Said: Tales of Business Success from Women Just like You by Vicky Fraser & Audiobook Join Vicky's Weird and Wonderful Writing Society Banish the Blank Page of Doom Fast Grab Vicky’s Book Template Bundle Come Join Vicky’s Writing Challenge Come Join Vicky’s Write Night March Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Antiracismnewsletter.com Sharonhh.com Sharon on Instagram Sharon on Twitter Sharon on LinkedIn Theintrovertsisters.com I’m Tired of Racism by Sharon Hurley Hall How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch The Wake Up by Michelle MiJung Kim The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones The Lincoln Rhymes Series by Jefferey Deaver Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Ep297: The Writer’s Most Important Tool
17-03-2022
Ep297: The Writer’s Most Important Tool
This week Vicky and Joe talk about extremely expensive poo and then move onto the writer’s most important tool of all. Tune in to find out what it is—and discover why one of Vicky’s habits is eavesdropping on strangers, what Joe’s bedtime reading routine is, and why memory is a treacherous beast.   Key Takeaways:   [0:50] Vicky wants to do something different and not have a welcome preamble! [01:30] Now that Joe has given up on Umberto Eco, what is he reading? [02:40] Vicky defends Umberto from Joe and encourages him to read his essays on coffee pots. [04:00] All books are worthy but Joe wants to be satisfied with his six and a half minutes of reading time. [04:40] The Wheel Of Time Book 2 is annoying Vicky. Does she need to keep reading? [05:20] Vicky realizes that Georgia Pritchett is British! She’s loving her book as it’s very funny and morbid.  [7:10] Update on The Dingle: compost heaps and waste sewage treatment systems. [11:10] What is a writer’s most important tool? [12:15] Vicky has many notebooks and she shares what each of them are. [13:20] Notebooks, sticky notes, and highlighter pens are all part of Vicky’s complex system. [14:15] What are the things you need to capture as a writer?  [17:20] After stories and anecdotes that can also go in your notebook, Joe reads out “the list of transgressions by your husband” and Vicky explains. [18:50] Why do we write all these ideas down?   [19:55] Record the context of your ideas as well. Vicky expounds further. [21:40] These notes will be delightful when you read them in the years to come.  [22:55] Vicky shares her top tip explaining why she has a tiny notebook by her bed. [24:30] Vicky also records stuff that hurts and explains why she wants to remember that stuff. [26:05] Vicky tells a story through applying what she learned from the book, The Art Of Noticing. [27:00] Joe summarizes the key takeaways for today’s topic and Vicky shares her recommendation for notebooks. [28:40] Vicky asks you to join Team Moxie, her wonderful writing group, and what it’s all about. [30:35] It’s gonna be Vicky’s ten year business anniversary! What is she going to do on that day? [32:00] A little teaser for next week’s episode.   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour Join Vicky’s Masterclass Buy Vicky's Book That's What She Said: Tales of Business Success from Women Just like You by Vicky Fraser & Audiobook Join Vicky's Weird and Wonderful Writing Society Banish the Blank Page of Doom Fast Grab Vicky’s Book Template Bundle Come Join Vicky’s Writing Challenge Come Join Vicky’s Write Night March Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Dingbats Notebooks The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, translated by Ivan Morris The Great Hunt: Book Two of ‘The Wheel of Time’, by Robert Jordan My Mess is A Bit Of A Life, by Georgia Pritchett The Art Of Noticing, by Rob Walker
Ep296: Maybe Your Imposter Syndrome is Right
10-03-2022
Ep296: Maybe Your Imposter Syndrome is Right
Imposter syndrome: is it a bug, or a feature? Vicky and Joe talk self-doubt, evolution, and go on a side-quest about what kind of tail they’d have if they could switch those tail genes back on. They also confirm, once again, that Joe is in fact a robot, albeit a very lovely and handsome one. Tune in and find out how you can use your self-doubt as a tool to do the things that matter to you, rather than letting it shit in your milk.   Key Takeaways:   [0:55] The cats are gonna be a part of this week’s podcast! They’re looking for a fight! [01:30] Vicky talks about renaming the podcast. What would it be this time?  [02:20] Vic ky shares about her last Write Night and sends thank you’s to everyone!  [02:50] Joe says he’s not smart enough to read Umberto Eco. Why is that?   [04:40] Spoiler alert: Vicky shares the ending of The Wheel of Time Book 1! [06:10] Vicky’s anxiety has its own entity which draws her to Georgia Pritchett’s book. [7:30] Vicky and Joe talk about their poopocalypse. [10:05] What are the two choices you have if you have imposter syndrome? [11:00] Vicky defines what imposter syndrome is. She shares her own experience with it. [13:50] Seventy percent of the population feels like a fraud. Joe also shares his own experience. [15:15] Maybe it’s not a syndrome at all but a feature of being human. Vicky expounds further. [18:30] Imposter syndrome must serve a useful function. What would that be? [21:46] Vicky asks herself, “What if my imposter syndrome is right?”. She shares what her thought process would then be like.  [24:20] Vicky talks about her internal filters when she shares about something that she really cares about. [26:15] When your self-doubt is kicking in, don’t fight it. Vicky shares a little reminder.  [27:20] We care about what people think about us. [28:10] Vicky shares the questions she asks herself when she is self-doubting.  [28:35] Joe summarizes the key takeaways. [29:20] Here’s what’s coming up next week!   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour Join Vicky’s Masterclass Buy Vicky's Book That's What She Said: Tales of Business Success from Women Just like You by Vicky Fraser & Audiobook Join Vicky's Weird and Wonderful Writing Society Banish the Blank Page of Doom Fast Grab Vicky’s Book Template Bundle Come Join Vicky’s Writing Challenge Come Join Vicky’s Write Night Feb Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk How To Travel With A Salmon & Other Essays, by Umberto Eco The Great Hunt: Book Two of ‘The Wheel of Time’, by Robert Jordan My Mess is A Bit Of A Life, by Georgia Pritchett Becoming, by Michelle Obama
Ep295: On the Joys of Idleness
24-02-2022
Ep295: On the Joys of Idleness
Ooooh there are OPINIONS in this week’s podcast. Opinions on idleness, the Protestant work ethic, capitalism, and the state of the world in general. There are a few facts, too. And possibly we’ve got some stuff wrong, but that’s what having time to think and learn and listen is all about. Which was the point of this episode: the virtue of idleness and time to THINK and write. Enjoy—and remember to write in and let us know what your thoughts are!   Key Takeaways:   [0:55] Vicky and Joe talk about their tiny sheep and the gusts of wind that are about to come. [04:10] Vicky disagrees that you have to finish reading a book once you’ve committed to it. [05:40] Vicky also shares that she got 79% on her poetry assignment! [07:00] Vicky introduces today’s topic. She got this idea from listening to The Slightly Foxed podcast. [07:50] Did you know where the five hour work week originated?  [09:55] Joe talks about the comment he made on reddit saying, “Do you think people who work hard make more money?” [12:20] Henry Ford did not introduce the 5-hour work week in any sense for niceness. Vicky shares what the motivation behind it was. [14:55] There are elements of socialism, capitalism, and all those other things that we can use to build a better economic system. [16:05] The world is changing and we now need people who are thinking and innovating. That’s not going to come if everybody is too busy. [16:20] Idleness is not the same as being lazy. Vicky explains why. [17:30] In 1675, King Charles II banned coffee in England. Why? [20:30] Vicky likes stuff. But she doesn’t want to buy things that she doesn’t want, need or like.  [21:10] Vicky also shares that she feels guilty doing nothing but being productive doesn’t just mean doing some work.  [22:40] Joe also talks about the things that attack our idle time nowadays with the internet and smartphones.  [23:20] Newer generations have a real discomfort with sitting with their feelings and thoughts and Vicky wonders how much mental health issues come up from it. [25:30] Not all writing is physical writing. Vicky shares how this relates to your idle time. [26:25] Joe shares about his thinking time and compares it with Vicky’s. [27:00] The world does not need robots. It needs thinkers, innovators, weirdos and change makers. [28:05] Rest is legitimately okay! Vicky has that written down. [28:45] Vicky shares quotes from Victor Wild who was a big fan of idleness. [30:10] Laziness is only a misconception from different cultures.  [31:20] Vicky shares the teaser for next week’s episode and her next Write Night!   Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour Join Vicky’s Masterclass Buy Vicky's Book That's What She Said: Tales of Business Success from Women Just like You by Vicky Fraser & Audiobook Join Vicky's Weird and Wonderful Writing Society Banish the Blank Page of Doom Fast Grab Vicky’s Book Template Bundle Come Join Vicky’s Writing Challenge Come Join Vicky’s Write Night Feb Content Calendar Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk Mistborn: The Final Empire (Book No. 1) by Brandon Sanderson Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan The Slightly Foxed Podcast
Ep294: Doing Hard Things
17-02-2022
Ep294: Doing Hard Things
This week, we’re flashing back to when Vicky and Joe had a conversation about doing Hard Things, and why it’s valuable. They rambled their way around writing books, running businesses, winning competitions, and how getting to the top of your tree can often be boring and unpleasant—so we need to suck it up and do it—but also make it as much fun as possible. Do a hard thing today!   Key Takeaways:   [2:40] Why should you write a book?  [6:00] What types of hard things has Joe had to face recently?  [7:45] Vicky explains what Trad Rock Climbing is. You will probably die.  [11:45] Vicky made it to the top of the mountain and cried.  [13:15] You should write a book because it’s hard and it will make you realize you are completely capable!  [16:10] The important things in life are difficult. Renovating The Dingle is really hard work, but so rewarding.  [20:00] If it was easy, everyone would be doing it! [21:50] Want to write a book? Join Vicky’s Write Night!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour Join Vicky’s Masterclass Buy Vicky's Book That's What She Said: Tales of Business Success from Women Just like You by Vicky Fraser & Audiobook Join Vicky's Weird and Wonderful Writing Society Banish the Blank Page of Doom Fast Grab Vicky’s Book Template Bundle Come Join Vicky’s Writing Challenge Come Join Vicky’s Write Night Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk
Ep293: Fictional Fun with Emma Dhesi
10-02-2022
Ep293: Fictional Fun with Emma Dhesi
This week Vicky and fellow book coach Emma Dhesi talk novels, time, and our reluctance to put ourselves first when it comes to writing our books. Tune in and hear Emma’s strategy for making time to write—and her proven framework for creating scenes that work. Emma is a fiction coach but even if you’re non-fiction only, you’ll enjoy this episode!   Key Takeaways:   [2:00] A little bit about Emma and the kind of coaching work she does with authors.  [5:00] Emma always wanted to be a writer, but life kept getting in the way.  [7:40] How does Emma and her clients find the time to write a book?  [12:50] Emma offers tips on how to set boundaries with your little children at home. [15:35] 100% of your book is not just about writing it. There are other parts to consider like research and character development.  [19:00] How do you set a scene in a fictional story?  [23:25] Be open to completely taking out a scene you’ve written if it’s not working.  [25:00] Interested in hiring Emma for your fiction book? Reach out!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour Join Vicky’s Masterclass Buy Vicky's Book That's What She Said: Tales of Business Success from Women Just like You by Vicky Fraser & Audiobook Join Vicky's Weird and Wonderful Writing Society Banish the Blank Page of Doom Fast Grab Vicky’s Book Template Bundle Come Join Vicky’s Writing Challenge Come Join Vicky’s Write Night Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk   Emmadhesi.com Emma's Facebook Group Emma’s summit recordings: Emmadhesi.teachable.com/p/be-a-bestseller-structure-your-story-for-success1
EP292: Wonderful Weirdos, Part 2
04-02-2022
EP292: Wonderful Weirdos, Part 2
This week we’re giving you the second half of Vicky’s Weird + Wonderful Author Showcase, in which you’ll hear Melanie Osborne talking about her love for trees and nature, and Hillary Weiss reading from her manuscript about BIGNESS. Seriously, if you’re exhausted, Mel’s excerpt will be a balm for your soul. And if anyone’s ever made you feel like you’re too much, you need Hillary’s book. Listen, enjoy, and remember: you can do this too! You can write your book.   Key Takeaways:   [2:05] Vicky welcomes Melanie to the podcast! What’s her book all about?  [5:25] Melaine reads an excerpt from her book.  [13:25] You don’t have to be a writer to tap into your passion and share it with others!  [14:35] Vicky introduces Hillary and tells the audience a little bit about her book.  [18:05] Hillary reads a little bit from her upcoming book!  [24:50] So many of Vicky’s students are writing on a wide variety of topics. She hopes it inspires you, too, that you can write that ‘odd’ book!  [26:40] Not everyone who came into this writing group were self-proclaimed writers.  [28:55] Are you interested in writing your book? Vicky’s got a write night event happening on Feb 24!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour Join Vicky’s Masterclass Buy Vicky's Book That's What She Said: Tales of Business Success from Women Just like You by Vicky Fraser & Audiobook Join Vicky's Weird and Wonderful Writing Society Banish the Blank Page of Doom Fast Grab Vicky’s Book Template Bundle Come Join Vicky’s Write Night Join Vicky’s Newsletter Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk   Author Showcase Jocelyn Brady on Instagram Kenda Macdonald on Instagram Sarah McGuire on LinkedIn Melanie Osborne on LinkedIn Hillary Weiss Presswood on Instagram
Ep291: Wonderful Weirdos + Their Fantastic Books
28-01-2022
Ep291: Wonderful Weirdos + Their Fantastic Books
Something a little different this week as Vicky brings you the first half of her Weird + Wonderful Author Showcase! Join Jocelyn Brady, Kenda Macdonald, and Sarah McGuire as they read excerpts from their manuscripts—and knock Vicky’s socks off with their performances. Tune in and find out what’s possible for you to achieve—even if you worry you’re “not a writer”.   Key Takeaways:   [2:00] Everyone’s story is crucial and Vicky is excited to highlight some of these stories for you today!  [4:40] A quick introduction to Jocelyn and what her upcoming book is all about.  [13:10] When does Jocelyn plan to release her book?  [14:45] A quick introduction to Kenda and she offers a teaser by reading an excerpt from her second book.  [27:40] A quick introduction to Sarah and her book.  [37:00] Sarah’s book about writing your will is not going to be your everyday estate planner kind of book!  [37:25] Stay tuned for part 2 next week!    Mentioned in This Episode: Website Creative Book Coaching Join Vicky’s Power Hour Join Vicky’s Masterclass Buy Vicky's Book That's What She Said: Tales of Business Success from Women Just like You by Vicky Fraser & Audiobook Join Vicky's Weird and Wonderful Writing Society Banish the Blank Page of Doom Fast Grab Vicky’s Book Template Bundle Come Join Vicky’s Writing Challenge Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and Overcast Email Vicky about 1:1 coaching at: vicky@moxiebooks.co.uk   Author Showcase Jocelyn on Instagram Kenda on Instagram Sarah on LinkedIn Melanie on LinkedIn Hillary on Instagram