Monday, 12 November 2018

Episode #22: What Do You Do With Feedback?

In the midst of Nanny Flymo (#NaNoWriMo) Marc and Jen talk about getting feedback from their first chapters and the best ways to deal with critiques and comments from those lucky few that have finally had a peek at your writing.

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If you’ve written a novel, short story or any sort of creative writing, there will be a time where you’re going to have to put it front of someone to read it and, hopefully, give you a bit of useful feedback. But what should you do with that feedback? We have some top tips to help you apply any criticism to your work. Whether it’s avoiding taking comments personally, extracting those golden nuggets and common themes or remembering the bigger picture, our advice should allow you to take feedback on board without sinking!

It’s also November, National Novel Writing Month, so check in with how we’re getting on with NaNoWriMo and listen to us talk way too much about pie and the problems with fitting in writing when that tricky old life stuff gets in the way.

What else did we talk about this episode?

  • Jenni gets a bit deep with her ‘inflated sense of self’ – she may not quite understand what this means
  • We take food related metaphors too far, with our box of golden nuggets and choice of pie pomodoro (Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan, Treacle, yum!)
  • Singapore is NOT in Indonesia (Thanks Wikipedia!)
  • We also take sea-related metaphors too far, as we encounter a champagne lounge in a canoe
  • "I'm not saying Buddha's not a great guy" - we dissect a quote from a very clever man in a unique way


Massive thanks to Katy, Pete and Jan for their considered and insightful feedback – you guys are AMAZING!

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Monday, 29 October 2018

Episode #21: 10 Useful Ways to Approach NaNoWriMo

It’s episode 21 of POW Podcast UK and with NaNoWriMo 2018 just round the corner, Marc and Jen look at 10 useful ways to approach National Novel Writing Month. 

Are you planning to write 50,000 words in November to create a novel? Do you need some help with how to plan your month and stay motivated? If so, this is the episode for you!

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We used NaNoWriMo in 2017 with the aim of writing 5,000 words each, and we’re planning to do the same this year. We give you some ideas to help you along the way from our experience and other great tips we found about organizing your writing. We don’t want you to feel like it’s a chore, so follow our advice to really enjoy NaNoWriMo and the community it creates this year.

We talk about pacing yourself, freewriting, using practical support and much more. We also manage to digress into our tsundokus, some terrible singing, even worse inventions and the importance of making sure your dinner choices take exactly 25 minutes to cook so you can write a book while you wait.

Let us know if you’re doing NaNoWriMo at @powpodcastuk during November!

What else can you find in this episode?
  • The motivational effect of Disney songs, apart from when Rapunzel makes you feel bad about not doing enough stuff
  • The welcome return of Granny Flymo
  • Do what you like! Do. What. You Like. (No need to ask me).
  • Jen’s Dragon's Den invention to help artists with bad backs
  • There’s no place for ego in NaNoWriMo
  • The writing guide we refer to is Ready Set Novel and the ISBN is 1452101728

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Monday, 15 October 2018

Episode #20: How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome?

This episode we talk about perception and impostor syndrome! 

A chance convo with a mystery someone got Jenni thinking about perception, and how what we think other people think about us can affect our motivation. 



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Do you worry about what your parents, significant other, or friends think about your life choices? As a creative person who might not be bringing in the big bucks, this can be an issue, so we can talk about how we can tackle this. 

Jenni and Marc discuss unrealistic expectations – not everyone is going to write a best selling book or win an Oscar – and how we impose our standards on other people’s expectations. There’s also impostor syndrome – have you ever felt like you don’t belong beside your peers? There’s chat about the types of impostor syndrome and how you can overcome these feelings to motivate yourself to achieve more.

It’s a deep old chat for us, as we delve deep into what we expect from our children, our families and ourselves and how these change as we grow, so join us as we unravel our brains just for you!

What else have we learnt this episode?
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Monday, 1 October 2018

Episode #19: A Sit Down with Janu Miah

This episode we talk to Janu Miah, a leadership and organisational development specialist, about rewards and motivation.

How can we use rewards to get ourselves out of procrastination holes? Jan guides us towards better uses of our time and how our minds work.




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Marc talks to Jan about motivators, rewards and how to get things done, including some expert diving into how his mind works and just how often he picks up his phone (don’t we all?). Often we are not using our down time productively and triggers or habits mean that we end up wasting that time.

Should we be replacing the habits we don’t want with the habits that we do? Marc likes to get things done when he is pressure prompted, so that might be a more meaningful way to get things done. Jan offers some tips and advice on how to use what we know about ourselves to allow us to work more productively.

What else did we learn in this episode?
  • We let the first chapter of our book out into the big wild world - squee!
  • Jen doesn’t actually reward herself for anything 
  • We give essential updates on both of our rollercoaster games 
  • The word ‘dinglehopper’ is mentioned
  • We reference the lovely Negeen Papehn, writing wonderwoman 
  • Do grown ups need bribery?

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

BONUS! Episode #18.5 Channel 4's "The Circle"

We love a bit of reality telly, and we've got properly sucked in to Channel 4's new show, The Circle. It's all about how people use and present themselves on social media, and what lengths they'll go to to become the most popular.

We have a chat about what we think about it, how it makes us think about our own use of social media (and how lucky we were to grow up on MSN Messenger!) and how the show works. We also talk about how fab Sophie Willan, the narrator of the show, is.

Join us in the excitement! And let us know what you think about The Circle!

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Monday, 17 September 2018

Episode #18: Wellness for the Creative


Should you be striving for wellness as a creative? Despite the notorious anguished artist stereotype, we believe that you should look after yourself if you want to create amazing things.

Looking after yourself and making time for the self care is a priority, and we talk about how you can start to do that.


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We are all about the wellness this episode, appreciating and nurturing our bodies with l’eau mineral and pink Vimto.

We talk about what makes us feel good and how to integrate self care rituals into our everyday lives. Big shout out to Emma from Shine for her teaching and advice, which forms a big part of what we talk about.

We’re also caught up in the "Back to School" vibe, so we set ourselves some goals – personal, work, podcasting and more - to get us to the end of the year.

What else have we learnt this episode?

  • We’ve been doing POW of over a year now – wooo!
  • What is a Self Care Toolkit?
  • The wonders of a good bookshop
  • Our minor obsession with amusement park based games
  • Jenni’s struggles with anxiety over the last year
  • Fearne Cotton’s various mental health championing and products, including her Happy Place podcast and Happy Journal
  • Exciting tie in merch, like FRIENDS’ candles and Marc’s fave, The Shop That Must Not Be Named in York.
  • It’s worth taking a free book when you get given one, as Jenni reviews the very strange Rin, Tongue and Dorner

Don’t forget to visit Marc’s Etsy shop – he’s MarcoLooks on Facebook and Instagram.

If you’re struggling, feeling blue, overwhelmed, anxious or depressed, take a look at these fine sites



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Monday, 3 September 2018

Episode #17: Writing Retreats

We're back and better than ever in Episode #17! We talk you through our first mini writing retreat, as well as our experiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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Marc and Jenni meet up in deepest Leicestershire to go through our first few chapters. We pod directly from the beautiful retreat, and a pub near the M1, while we edit, rewrite and work through the beginning of Too Much (...apologies for the sound quality in our on-the-road-podding).

Are writing retreats useful? How do you approach them? What’s it like re-reading your first chapters, especially when a lot of them were written about 10 years ago? We cover all these points and more when we do our own mini writing retreat. As well as some plot holes, we discuss the differences in perspective and narrative in the first few chapters and how effective we thought it was.

We also talk about:
That's about it. Our next episode will be hitting your devices very soon, so keep an eye out.

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