Mandi Kontos - Dreaming Fully Awake

Today I’m talking with writer and writing coach Mandi Kontos from Dreaming Fully Awake.

We’re talking about building a writing practise that works for you, silencing your inner critic and what to do when you really want to write but the ideas just won’t come.

Mandi talks about how a good writing coach and editor can help you shape your work and grow your confidence and we talk about why its ok to dabble until you find your sweet spot, in writing and in life.

We’re also getting a bit deep on the podcast today. Mandi talks about the death of her father and how it’s shifted not only her writing and her business but also her life and I’m opening up about one of the low points in my life and how it’s helped me become the person I am today. Plus we share why sometimes the bravest thing you can do is just reach out and ask for help.

It’s a mix of practical and personal on the episode today. We’re talking really honestly about some of our struggles and how they’ve shaped us but we’re also sharing some great tips on how you can fuel your creativity, reconnect with your passion and go your own way. I hope you love it.


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Here’s what we’re talking about

  • Why not everyone will “get” what you’re doing and why it doesn’t matter.

  • Building a safety circle around yourself and your creativity – what it is and why you need one.

  • How to lovingly protect your passion from the scrutiny of others when you’re first starting out.

  • What to do when you sit down to write and there are no ideas.

  • How changing the scenery can help get your creativity flowing.

  • What a writing coach does and how they can help you establish a writing practise that serves you.

  • I share my tip to make writing about yourself easier and how I used it to craft press releases about my business.

  • Why looking after yourself is the key to your creativity.

  • How to deal with your inner critic and inner editor.

  • How a great editor can help you shape your work and your confidence as a writer.

  • Why putting your heart and soul on a page can be scary and how to move through the fear and do it anyway.

  • Why it’s ok to dabble and play until you find your sweet spot.

  • Doing things that scare you; how it can help you build character and expand your comfort zone.

  • Mandi shares how the death of her father has shaped her writing, her business and her life.

  • We get really deep and talk about the challenges in life that shape us and shift our course, plus why sometimes the bravest thing you can do is ask for help.

  • And we talk about why we all need to get out of our own way, trust ourselves and go for it.
    Our Deepest Fear - Marianne Williamson

Resources mentioned in this interview

Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden^
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)
Lisa Messenger
Lisa Messenger Books^
Write or Die
The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte^


Connect with Mandi

Mandi’s Website
Writing Coaching with Mandi

What’s been your biggest learning from today’s episode? Share in the comments below.

P.S. Loved this episode? You’re going to love this chat I had with writer Vanessa Carnevale.

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