Unlock Creativity, Overcome Procrastination And Write Your Book With Alexandra Franzen

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Hands up if you’ve got an idea for a book — or any creative project, for that matter — and yet you struggle with procrastination and can’t seem to birth it out into the world?

I’ve definitely been there myself, and SO many of you ask me questions about this topic… which is why I’m so excited to share today’s episode with you, where I chat with Alexandra Franzen — prolific writer, champion excuse-buster, and all-around creative goddess.

Alexandra Franzen is the author of So This Is the End: A Love Story, along with a slew of other books, and has also written articles for Time, Forbes, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, and Lifehacker. When she’s not scribing her own stories, she also works as a copywriter, ghostwriter and writing coach, helping her clients to develop podcasts, videos, websites, pitches, proposals, and books.

I’ve been a fan of Alexandra’s word wizardry for years. Her insights on creativity, following through on what’s important to you, and busting through procrastination are laser sharp, but somehow at the same time, still loving and gentle. (I’m also a huge fan of her personal mantra: Today is not over yet… Try it out the next time you’re Netflix-ing instead of working on your novel, and feel the motivation start to surge!)

So beautiful, if you want to find the courage to express yourself, unlock the creative idea that’s been tugging at your soul, and write like you mean it, then press play — this episode is for you!

In this episode we chat about:

  • Alexandra’s uncommon journey to where she is today (09:08)
  • How to move through fear to write a book (11:40)
  • The key starting point for book writing that most people overlook (13:33)
  • Does everyone have a book in them? (I loved her take on this!) (14:16)
  • What happens when we suppress our creativity (15:39)
  • The 3 ingredients for masterful writing (20:37)
  • The 2 things that make a piece of work successful (30:13)
  • Her excellent strategy for moving through a ‘vulnerability hangover’ (34:21)
  • Why she quit social media for good (38:35)
  • The unexpected benefits of disconnecting from the online world (50:58)
  • Plus so much more!

Episode resources:

  • Alexandra Franzen’s website (website)
  • So This Is the End: A Love Story by Alexandra Franzen (Amazon)
  • Books by Alexandra Franzen (Amazon)
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (Amazon)
  • Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry (Amazon)
  • Philips Wake Up Light Alarm Clock. (Amazon)
  • Join the Melissa Ambrosini Tribe on Facebook (Facebook Group)
  • Open Wide by Melissa Ambrosini (Amazon)
  • Open Wide Video Masterclass (podcast)

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  1. Marie Knibbs says:

    This podcast was so timely for me. The white space and changing my social media habits resignated with me, because it’s been on my radar. There are so many platforms, too many and I find myself thinking that I am not being a good friend, colleague, daughter, sister or mother because I forget to respond or become too exhausted to reply via the 10 different ways lol. It creates miss communication too. Thank you for the little kick up my butt, I needed it. I have started the process of choosing what I want to use and notify my contacts accordingly. I’m feeling lighter already.

  2. Dean says:

    Key take always from podcast with Alexandra
    1. Checklist of things to do for week
    2. More self care and white space in calendar
    3. Time away from phones and screens

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