In this episode of Your Biz, Your Rules, I had the honour of interviewing the endlessly hilarious Marie Yates.

This lady is a truly prolific writer, even by my standards, and had some brilliant tips to share if this is the year you want to write that book. Seriously. Don’t just keep scrolling. Hit that play button. Your story matters, so share it.

Listen here:

The key takeaways:

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In this episode of Your Biz, Your Rules I’m interviewing plus-size marathon runner, author, motivational speaker, life coach and brains behind GLOBAL fitness movement “Too Fat To Run”, Julie Creffield.

(Wow, what a mouthful! She really is that impressive though.)

Listen here:

The key takeaways:

💛 We all make up these little stories about why we can’t do things, from not being able to go backpacking to not being able to wear hats.

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I often hear outlandish (and overdramatic) statements such as:

Blogging is dead!

Writing is so passé.

Articles are BORING and TIME-CONSUMING.

But the problem with those broad, sweeping regurgitations is that, well, they’re broad and sweeping.

Blogging is not dead. More blog posts are published on the daily than ever before. The blogging norms have simply become more dynamic – it’s no longer good enough to publish your diary online and expect the people to come.

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“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King

There’s this well-exercised piece of writing mythology that the best writers are the best readers – that without a love (or at least an appreciation) of other people’s writing, you’ll never be good at your own.

There has to be some validity to that, right? Because how else would you learn to write other than by studying writers who already do?

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I spend an inordinate amount of time online. I scroll through endless feeds, and click on all the links, and read all the posts… and usually? I end up kind of bored.

I mean, there are so many “experts” out there who know what they’re talking about (or at least who research whatever they’re talking about) – and I say this without a single jot of sarcasm. BUT, I can also count on my fingers the number of these people that actually interest me.

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You really do know everything there is to know about your “thing”… or if you don’t, you’ve done the research. You’ve trawled through every page of search results, hunting down the perfect quotes, and perfect stats, and perfect proof that you’re RIGHT.

You pour all of that genius into one brilliant blog post… and then as you read it back, something awful happens. You realise it’s not so brilliant. In fact, it’s kind of the opposite.

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Content Conquered is a series of mini-posts designed to ignite content ideas and inspire you to get creative online.

Every other instalment in the Content Conquered series has had one foot in the digital, but today I want to talk about using your old notebooks to inspire new content ideas.

I am a BIG fan of using pen and paper. In fact, every single thing I write is drafted by hand before being typed up.

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So why does every damn thing your write need a compelling intro?

This is the age of information. We have access to so. much. stuff. If we read the first couple of lines and aren’t hooked, we’re just going to sack it off and find something better.

Harsh? Perhaps. But it’s also true.

You owe it to the rest of your writing to put a smidge more effort into your introductions.

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One of the best things about the internet is that it gives pretty much everyone a platform. Everybody gets to have a voice – but that brings along its own irritant – sloppy writing.

Yesterday, I started a discussion in three of my favourite Facebook groups (The Freelance Lifestylers, Brilliance Ignition and Simply Smart Social), because I KNOW I’m not the only one with thoughts on the subject.

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Live a creative life: 40 lessons on how to embrace creativity in your life >> HERE

42 ideas for blogs about writing >> HERE

30 proven, profitable course topics in fringe, weird niches you’ve never heard of >> HERE

10 big mistakes you might be making in your freelancing career >> HERE

How (and why) I cleared out my TBR list >>

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