I’m on Bigger Life Radio! I talked with Michael Pollock, host of Bigger Life Radio, about writing resistance and how to overcome it, the brain, expectations vs. commitments and targets, the Saboteur, and other cool stuff I think you’ll enjoy.
Please listen to the podcast. (While you’re there, you might want to check out the link to Michael’s suggestions on how to overcome writer’s block.) After you listen to the podcast, if you’re willing, I’d really appreciate your feedback on two things: Did Michael and I mention anything you’d like to see discussed in more detail in a future blog post? Did I sound okay?
I know that second question looks a little childish, but it really is the essence of what every writer wants to know when we ask for feedback. (Feel free to make and share copies of this article about how to give and receive feedback with anyone you ask to give you feedback on your writing.)
You see, I was far more nervous about and resistant to listening to the podcast after Michael posted it on his website than I was to creating it. Michael was a great host who asked generous questions and I had fun chatting with him. But I feared that listening to us chat and hearing all my mistakes would be painful.
I’m pretty sure I’m about average in the amount of times I said “um”, but of course my Saboteur wants to exaggerate both the frequency and awfulness of this. As the podcast continued, I either got more comfortable talking with Michael and stopped saying “um” or got more comfortable listening to myself talking with Michael and stopped noticing the “um”s.
I’ll do more radio interviews to promote Around the Writer’s Block, so I’ll listen to this podcast again to discern what I need to improve (for instance, keep the pronunciation of ‘acetylcholine’ fresh in my mind so I don’t have to dance around not specially naming this neurotransmitter). I welcome your observations because they’ll help me develop that discernment. And like all writers, I’ll welcome your observations even more if they include a few words of appreciation (what the article on feedback calls “Level 1”). Mostly I hope you enjoy and benefit from the interview.