Episode 288: Vicky’s 5 Fave Creative Writing Thingies

Show Notes

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!

Vicky xo

 Key Points

  • [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 pajamas 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 favorite 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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Annals of the Western Shore, by Ursula K. Le Guin

The First Woman: Winner of the Jhalak Prize, by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

The Art of Gathering, by Priya Parker

The Art of Noticing, by Rob Walker

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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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