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Episode #303

What it Really Takes To Become A Successful Writer With Anna David

Want to be a truly successful writer? Anna David shares what it really takes, how to find your flow, how a book can transform your career and the art of using words to make a bigger impact on the world.

Anna David is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist and television personality specializing in addiction and recovery as well as relationships. She’s the author of Party Girl, Bought, the non-fiction Reality Matters, and more.

Here’s a glance of what you’ll learn from Anna in this episode:

  • What it really takes to become a successful writer (PLUS: The only real way to make money as a writer)
  • One thing you must eliminate from your life if you want to overcome writer’s block forever
  • Finding Your Flow: What to do to become a better, more productive writer
  • Anna shares how to handle rejection, failure, and disappointment
  • What having a written book can do to transform your career, your business, and your life
  • Joe and Anna candidly discuss addiction, trauma, shame, and recovery
  • The Power Of The Written Word: How to use words to make a bigger impact in the world
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  • As a writer you are in sales, you are up against insurmountable odds and you need to hustle 8:45
  • “If you want to get into a flow state with writing you have to banish perfectionism.” -Anna David 10:40
  • Writing is rewriting, don’t overthink your first draft and be okay with it sucking. 11:20
  • See what you do where you don’t even notice the time passing. 11:40
  • The things that prevent people from having success is often whether they are sober or not. 14:25
  • The more high functioning an addict is, the less likely they are going to look for help. 15:50
  • The only way to make money as an author is to write books that get non-readers to read. 16:30
  • Writing is a terrible business if you want to make money. 17:35
  • Hustling requires practicing. 19:40
  • Successful writing is a numbers game and you need to have thick skin, the same as life. 20:25
  • Rejection can never be completely eliminated. 22:00
  • It’s not about you when it comes to rejection. 24:15
  • Books are a complete game changer, they are a great way to create a legacy 25:15
  • Writing a book is a dream for a lot of people and it is so much easier than you probably think. 27:00
  • You need accountability and guidance. 27:35
  • Writing a book could do far more for you than a college degree. 28:00
  • “A lot more people respect me for writing a book than graduating from Trinity College.” -Anna David 30:15
  • Words are what moves the dial. 30:30
  • Addiction is not what people think it is. 33:25
  • “Everybody is recovering from something.” -Anna David 34:25
  • Think about what you’re comfortable with sharing because you can’t take it back. 37:30
  • Shame and fear cripple people, but we often magnify our fears. 40:15
  • “Increase your audience so that you can make a bigger impact.” -Anna David 43:45
  • Anna discovers things about herself by putting pen to paper that she can’t otherwise. 45:30
  • Starting with a personal essay. 48:15
  • Getting published online for the prestige. 48:50
  • Marketing is way more creative than writing but they go together. 50:25
  • The writing of how to sell something is more important. 52:45
  • Build up your social media, the publishers are not going to sell your books for you. 53:30
  • Find a mentor, find a system. 55:00
  • The good writer with a platform will outsell the amazing writer without one. 55:15
  • Once you have a success recipe, you should share it. 57:00

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