Episode 203: The Problem With Invidia [7 Deadly Sins of Writing a Book]

Joe and I get all etymological on you and fling three cool words in your direction. Can you use them all in a sentence this week? One of those words is "mudita" – which is something you want to cultivate if you want to write a great book (and live a happier life). This is also the start of another interminable series: the 7 Deadly Sins of Writing a Book. Brace yourselves...

Key Points

  • [3:30] Joe is still reading The Wheel of Time and he’s feeling guilty he’s still on it.
  • [7:50] Let’s talk about mudita, the opposite of envy.
  • [11:25] The first deadly sin of book writing is envy!
  • [17:25] Envy holds you back and it keeps you bitter.
  • [18:55] How can you look at someone’s work in a positive light?
  • [21:25] Mudita is your answer! Find joy in other people’s achievements!
  • [23:15] Remember, envy will kill your creativity and your confidence. It will make you miserable!
  • [25:55] Vicky is going to be honest. She is not entirely sure how she is going to weave lust and gluttony into this series.
  • [29:15] Have you listened to every episode? Email Vicky with your postal address!
  • [29:45] Also, hello to Joy from Taiwan! 

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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.

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