Rock Your Goals Podcast with Sarah Jensen Episode 8 - Become a Better Writer with Vanessa Carnevale

In this episode, successful author Vanessa Carnevale shares how to find your voice, fuel your creativity and overcome writer’s block.

Vanessa is the author of The Florentine Bridge and The Memories of Us and hosts regular writing retreats in Italy and Australia.

I talk with Vanessa about some of the struggles of writing, including finding the time, where to write and even what to write, and Vanessa shares her expert (and totally do-able) strategies for tapping into inspiration, getting out of your own way and getting the words on the page (or screen).

Whether you’re new to writing, or a seasoned pro, Vanessa has tips to help you create a regular writing practice, hone your message and share your words with the world.

So pour yourself a cuppa, get comfy and come and join the conversation.


Listen To The Episode

Language note: this episode is clean and contains no swearing/cursing.

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Episode Summary

  • Finding your voice as a writer
  • Simple strategies to get words on the page
  • Building resilience and dealing with rejection
  • How to use mindfulness to overcome writer’s block
  • Why sometimes stepping away is the smartest move
  • Tips for boosting your creativity
  • Approaching writing with a beginner’s mindset and releasing the need for perfection
  • How free writing can help you become a better writer
  • Creating a workspace that keeps you inspired
  • Tips to overcome fear, frustration and feeling stuck
  • Claiming the title of “writer” (hint: if you write, you’re a writer!)


Quotes From The Episode

You must believe in other people's belief in you


Resources We Mention

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Lessons in perseverance from Bree Hogan (rejected by the Huffington Post 7 times before having her awesome article published)!

Vanessa Carnevale’s post about how books are made of stolen moments

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg


Natasha Lester on how to use Scrivener

Vanessa’s Your Creative Life Podcast

If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland

Ira Glass‘ powerful thoughts on creativity

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron


Join The Conversation

Do you have a favourite place or time of day to write? Tell us about it in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.



P.S. If you enjoyed this episode, you might enjoy the conversation I had with writer and editor, Mandi Kontos.

+ Loving shout out to Ane Novak who created the wonderful tune “Happy Day” (the awesome intro & outro music to Rock Your Goals the podcast) which gets me grooving in my seat every time I hear it.