Episode 135 – Future Thinking: Women and their Creative Potential

Over the next couple of episodes, Lucinda and Mariëlle will be diving into the topic of Future Thinking and how it can benefit our creative lives. During this episode, they ask themselves whether it’s harder for women to see themselves in their full creative potential, and why that might be.

Here’s what came up during the episode:

  • Why we, as women, put pressure on ourselves
  • That both Lucinda and Mariëlle are very much still affected by how their mothers behaved as they grew up
  • That being non-conformist does not mean you’re immune to external pressures
  • That it takes time to unlearn the stories we tell ourselves about what women should and shouldn’t do and want, much to Lucinda’s chagrin
  • How important it is to remember that having the freedom to achieve ANYthing does not mean we have to achieve EVERYthing, no matter how much society tries to convince us of this
  • That, after this episode, Lucinda is no longer certain dogs are more than cats

What is Diving into Writing?

Diving into Writing is a podcast, brought to you by two indie authors, where we discuss best practices to create a sustainable writing career and encourage fellow writers to listen to what their hearts and souls want them to create.

Who is Diving into Writing for?

Any writer who seeks to honour their creative impulses. We are here to make you feel less alone on this journey and inspire you to stay true to yourself in your life and your creative work.

What are our promises to you?

In sharing our creative experiences with you openly and honestly, we aim to create a safe space where you can be honest about your creative dreams and desires.

Why listen to us?

We look beyond the surface of our writing practice. By diving deeply and reflecting on our own creative struggles and obstacles, we broach topics only some in the writing community are willing or ready to have.

Episode 134 – Future Thinking: A guided visualisation

Over the next couple of episodes, Lucinda and Mariëlle will be diving into the topic of Future Thinking and how it can benefit our creative lives. During this episode, Mariëlle guides Lucinda and their listeners into a guided visualisation that invites one to connect with their future creative selves.

Here’s what came up during the episode:

  • Mariëlle explains why she decided to create a guided visualisation for the episode
  • After the guided visualisation, Lucinda shares her experience of it and what came up for her
  • Mariëlle reminds everyone – including herself – that it’s not about getting exactly where you are in your future vision; it’s about what having that future vision in front of you drives you to do in the here and now.

What is Diving into Writing?

Diving into Writing is a podcast, brought to you by two indie authors, where we discuss best practices to create a sustainable writing career and encourage fellow writers to listen to what their hearts and souls want them to create.

Who is Diving into Writing for?

Any writer who seeks to honour their creative impulses. We are here to make you feel less alone on this journey and inspire you to stay true to yourself in your life and your creative work.

What are our promises to you?

In sharing our creative experiences with you openly and honestly, we aim to create a safe space where you can be honest about your creative dreams and desires.

Why listen to us?

We look beyond the surface of our writing practice. By diving deeply and reflecting on our own creative struggles and obstacles, we broach topics only some in the writing community are willing or ready to have.

Episode 133 – Introducing Future Thinking

Over the next couple of episodes, Lucinda and Mariëlle will be diving into the topic of Future Thinking and how it can benefit our creative lives. During this episode, they introduce the topic and discuss what a shift to Future Thinking can do to the way you are in and respond to the world.

Here’s what came up during the episode:

  • That Lucinda came to Future Thinking through her work with dogs
  • How it has changed the way Lucinda responds to her border collie Luca
  • That Mariëlle came to something similar through a meditation challenge she did last year
  • The difference between thinking about what we need to do from where we are now and from where we will be in the future 

Here’s the post Mariëlle mentioned in which she wrote about Justin Michael Williams’s Daily Power Action and meditation challenge: https://mariellessmith.substack.com/p/believe-in-miracles-and-they-might

What is Diving into Writing?

Diving into Writing is a podcast, brought to you by two indie authors, where we discuss best practices to create a sustainable writing career and encourage fellow writers to listen to what their hearts and souls want them to create.

Who is Diving into Writing for?

Any writer who seeks to honour their creative impulses. We are here to make you feel less alone on this journey and inspire you to stay true to yourself in your life and your creative work.

What are our promises to you?

In sharing our creative experiences with you openly and honestly, we aim to create a safe space where you can be honest about your creative dreams and desires.

Why listen to us?

We look beyond the surface of our writing practice. By diving deeply and reflecting on our own creative struggles and obstacles, we broach topics only some in the writing community are willing or ready to have.

Episode 132 – Check-in time, or why it’s so important to keep reflecting on your progress

During this episode, Lucinda and Mariëlle talked about their goals for the first quarter and what they’re hoping to move towards in the next.

Here’s what came up during the episode:

  • The mystery podcast Mariëlle was interviewed for is The Rebel Author Podcast. The episode comes out 10 April 2024.
  • That there’s a point to doing these check-ins! Both Lucinda and Mariëlle are doing much better than they thought before hitting the record button. 
  • Lucinda is working on her writing every day again, for fifteen minutes at least. 
  • Mariëlle isn’t doing yoga as much as she’d like to, but she is nailing her walking goals each month, and she’s finally established a daily Reiki habit. 

What is Diving into Writing?

Diving into Writing is a podcast, brought to you by two indie authors, where we discuss best practices to create a sustainable writing career and encourage fellow writers to listen to what their hearts and souls want them to create.

Who is Diving into Writing for?

Any writer who seeks to honour their creative impulses. We are here to make you feel less alone on this journey and inspire you to stay true to yourself in your life and your creative work.

What are our promises to you?

In sharing our creative experiences with you openly and honestly, we aim to create a safe space where you can be honest about your creative dreams and desires.

Why listen to us?

We look beyond the surface of our writing practice. By diving deeply and reflecting on our own creative struggles and obstacles, we broach topics only some in the writing community are willing or ready to have.

Episode 131 – Making promises to your creative self

During this episode, Lucinda and Mariëlle (reluctantly) discuss the promises they would like to make to their creative selves.

Here’s what came up during the episode:

  • The difference between promises that feel more ‘meta’ and those that are more practical
  • That making promises to yourself is a very personal trajectory: what Mariëlle decided to promise her creative self is something Lucinda has already mastered, and vice versa
  • Lucinda promises to show up for her creative self
  • Mariëlle promises to show up for the physical body that is her creative self’s current home

Mariëlle’s current Kickstarter runs until the 21st of March, and you can check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mswordsmith/listentoyourheart?ref=35eav2

What is Diving into Writing?

Diving into Writing is a podcast, brought to you by two indie authors, where we discuss best practices to create a sustainable writing career and encourage fellow writers to listen to what their hearts and souls want them to create.

Who is Diving into Writing for?

Any writer who seeks to honour their creative impulses. We are here to make you feel less alone on this journey and inspire you to stay true to yourself in your life and your creative work.

What are our promises to you?

In sharing our creative experiences with you openly and honestly, we aim to create a safe space where you can be honest about your creative dreams and desires.

Why listen to us?

We look beyond the surface of our writing practice. By diving deeply and reflecting on our own creative struggles and obstacles, we broach topics only some in the writing community are willing or ready to have.

Episode 130 – How to show up for your creative self

During this episode, Lucinda and Mariëlle talk about whether or not they’re showing up for their creative selves right now, and, if not, how they can start doing that more

Here’s what came up during the episode:

  • Lucinda confesses she’s not been showing up for her creative self she’d like to for quite some time now
  • Mariëlle, on the other hand, feels like she’s been showing up more for her creative self now than she’s ever done before
  • Hearing Mariëlle talk about losing yourself in your writing, Lucinda remembered what that felt like, and it made her determined to keep setting that intention to write every day for herself 
  • How important it is to know for yourself just how much pressure is ideal for you to keep moving forwards

Mariëlle next Kickstarter goes live on 5 March, and you can follow it here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mswordsmith/listentoyourheart?ref=35eav2

You can find Mariëlle’s 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner here: https://mswordsmith.nl/journal

What is Diving into Writing?

Diving into Writing is a podcast, brought to you by two indie authors, where we discuss best practices to create a sustainable writing career and encourage fellow writers to listen to what their hearts and souls want them to create.

Who is Diving into Writing for?

Any writer who seeks to honour their creative impulses. We are here to make you feel less alone on this journey and inspire you to stay true to yourself in your life and your creative work.

What are our promises to you?

In sharing our creative experiences with you openly and honestly, we aim to create a safe space where you can be honest about your creative dreams and desires.

Why listen to us?

We look beyond the surface of our writing practice. By diving deeply and reflecting on our own creative struggles and obstacles, we broach topics only some in the writing community are willing or ready to have.

Episode 129 – Goal check-in and starting small when implementing habits

During this episode, Lucinda and Mariëlle check in with the goals they set for this quarter and discuss what is and isn’t working for them.

Here’s what came up during the episode:

Lucinda is smashing her non-writing goals, but she needs a new plan for her writing ones

Mariëlle is well on her way to achieving the goals she’s written down at the start of the year

Mariëlle suggests starting small and work up to the habit(s) you hope to create

Both Lucinda and Mariëlle shamelessly plugged the YouTube channel Yoga with Adriene

Mariëlle next Kickstarter goes live on 1 March, and you can follow it here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mswordsmith/listentoyourheart?ref=35eav2

What is Diving into Writing?

Diving into Writing is a podcast, brought to you by two indie authors, where we discuss best practices to create a sustainable writing career and encourage fellow writers to listen to what their hearts and souls want them to create.

Who is Diving into Writing for?

Any writer who seeks to honour their creative impulses. We are here to make you feel less alone on this journey and inspire you to stay true to yourself in your life and your creative work.

What are our promises to you?

In sharing our creative experiences with you openly and honestly, we aim to create a safe space where you can be honest about your creative dreams and desires.

Why listen to us?

We look beyond the surface of our writing practice. By diving deeply and reflecting on our own creative struggles and obstacles, we broach topics only some in the writing community are willing or ready to have.

Episode 128 – What kind of role model do you want to be?

During this episode, Lucinda and Mariëlle dive deep into the topic of models and the kind of behaviour they themselves would like to model to the world.

Here’s what came up during the episode:

  • Who some of Lucinda’s and Mariëlle’s role models were when they were growing up
  • That people are often role models without us consciously realising that’s what they are to us
  • That anyone can be a role model, and that it can be as much about what they do with their lives as how they make you feel about yours
  • That the behaviour Lucinda wants to model to others is that she follows through with her writing, that is, she gets stuff done and out into the world
  • Mariëlle wants to model what it’s like to not be afraid of your own inner power

Here are some of the questions Mariëlle posed that could help you figure out what kind of role model you would like to be: 

  • Who were your role models as you grew up? If you can’t think of anyone, think about the people who left a positive mark on you. What did they do? How did they make you feel? Are you emulating any of that in your own life?
  • Why were these people your role model? What is it they did or said that made you look up to them as an example for your own life? 
  • When you think of the people you’re leaving a mark on yourself, what would you like for them to see?
  • Are you currently setting that example and modelling that behaviour?
  • If no, what would need to change for you to start setting the example you wish to be in others’ lives? 

Episode 127 – How to Fall back in Love with your Craft

During this episode, Lucinda and Mariëlle talk about falling out of love with your craft and ways to get that loving feeling back if you lost it.

Here’s what came up during the episode:

  • That there’s a difference between falling out of love with a project and falling out of love with the craft (although falling out of love with the craft might just be about a project and not the craft itself)
  • That there are different elements to being in love with your writing, and that you might have to look into all of these to figure out why you haven’t been feeling it

If you’ve fallen (somewhat) out of love with our writing, you might want to pick up your journal and sit down with the following questions:

  • When you first started writing, why were you called to write?
  • When you first started writing, how did it make you feel?
  • Do you still feel like that when you write? If not, what has changed? 
  • If you fell out of love with writing, whether partly or entirely, when did you first notice you lost that loving feeling?
  • When did you lose or start losing (some of) that loving feeling? 
  • What does this tell you?

Episode 126 – When it all goes to Shit and Other Lessons 2023 Taught Us

During this episode, Lucinda and Mariëlle discuss the past year, how COVID and day job drama upended their goals and their intentions for 2024.

Here’s what came up during the episode:

• What happened to the goals Mariëlle and Lucinda set themselves back in September
• What to do when all goes to shit
• Why it’s so important to consider all aspects of your life when planning your creative goals
• How Mariëlle is looking forward to using her 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner again to set flexible goals
• Lucinda’s plan to learn how to plan realistically, especially around the writing and publication of the trilogy she’s been working on

Are you looking for a great way to organise your writing life realistically? Mariëlle’s 52 Weeks of Writing was designed to help you with that. You can find it here: https://mswordsmith.nl/journal