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It’s a podcast on writing for anyone who’s “not a writer.” Best-selling author and Founder of Find Your Voice Allison Fallon explores the power of the written word to create change in yourself, your community, and in the world through interviews with authors, reviews of powerful books, and short motivational prompts to get you moving in the right direction.
 
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So many of us want to pass down family memories, so the next generation can know what it was like back then. But how do we transform our memories into one compelling story? Without having ever written a book before, Jill Phillips set out on just this task. She shares with us why she started writing, what the process was like for her, and how she ca…
 
We're all about summer beach reads—but we also know that not everyone is looking for light poolside distraction. For those of you wanting a book with more substance this summer, our FYV Director of Operations, Ashley Scoby, has five recommendations. Ashley's background in is journalism and sportswriting. She’s written about Olympic athletes, covere…
 
If you've ever thought, "I want to write a book, but I'm not sure if I have time for it," then may we introduce you to Kirbee Miller. Kirbee Miller is a multi-passionate person: She's an entrepreneur, founder of KiNiMi Kitchen. She works in the corporate world, and she's intentional about working creativity into her life. Juggling relationships, re…
 
So many people write to support their business and bolster their credibility. Sometimes, that book is a group project. Writing a book with another person: does it lighten the workload or create "too many cooks in the kitchen"? Shari Medini and Karissa Tunis are co-authors and co-owners of AdoreThemParenting.com. Between both mothers, they have six …
 
Have you ever started a creative project and somewhere along the way become ... stuck? Creative block is part of the process. And we're curious how everyone deals with it. This episode, author and writing coach Allison Fallon asks, "What do you do when you get stuck in your writing or in life?" We get lots of different answers: everything from phys…
 
If you have a dream of writing a personal story, but worry that your story isn't interesting, this episode is for you. Author, podcaster, and public speaker Mary Marantz covers two insecurities that keep writers from getting started, how to write about complicated people in our stories, and how to make a personal story appeal to others. Keep listen…
 
So many of us are burnt out: but, for some of us, it's not our fault. We've been led to believe lies about what we need or what we should be — and it has us running in circles. Relationship coach and YouTuber Amy Young jumps on with Allison Fallon to discuss what keeps women restricted, and how to dismantle those lies and stand in your truth. amyyo…
 
What books should I read as a writer? As writers, we owe a lot to other writers: they are the people who inspired us in the first place, and they are the ones who keep us writing. Author and writing coach Allison Fallon shares seven books she returns to when she's stuck, needs perspective, or is looking for encouragement. If you're a writer (or wan…
 
If you've ever dreamt of having more than one writing desk, this episode is for you. Enuma Okoro is an award-winning author. Among many other places, her work has been featured in the NY Times and the Financial Times. On this episode, she shares her passion for the writing life and how the practice of writing is soul care. Listen for: what it means…
 
If so many of us feel lonely, what keeps us from reaching out to other people? Laura Tremaine is host of the podcast 10 Things to Tell You and author of the book Share Your Stuff, I'll Go First.* With Allison Fallon, she discusses loneliness, moving to LA and the early days of blogging, and, most importantly, practical ways to connect with others. …
 
You may have heard of the Enneagram: the personality typing system that we mention fairly frequently on this show. This episode, therapist and Enneagram coach Katie Gustafson gives an overview of the Enneagram and its connection to narrative. Katie says, "I believe your story is the most powerful tool you've got," and, with Allison Fallon, she disc…
 
You may have heard the term “ghostwriter.” And you might have some questions. (So did the author write the book or not?) Not every author comes up with every sentence of their book. Many times, there’s a behind-the-scenes person (or team) involved. And it’s not as scandalous as it sounds. In this episode, writer (and ghostwriter) Allison Fallon int…
 
We all have our doubts. Maybe you want to write your story, but you're not sure: not sure it's worth the effort, not sure you want to publish. What if no one even wants to read it? Or maybe you definitely don't want to publish, but you have a story from your past that needs working out—a story you have questions about—and something is telling you t…
 
Artist, poet, musician and author Morgan Harper Nichols' work has already touched so many people's lives—including ours! This episode, she shares about how she still gets nervous sharing new work with an audience (and how that's a good thing), the playlist she uses when she writes, and what is special to her about her latest book. She reflects on h…
 
So often, it's a childhood love of books and reading which inspires our own writing. But what makes a kid excited about reading and writing? How can we pass that on? The mentors in our early lives make a huge difference here. Listen in on Allison Fallon's conversation with an early mentor of her own, her mom, Sandie Spotts. Sandie is a lifelong edu…
 
So many of us are so focused on getting our stories out there that we forget that becoming "known" has consequences. When you decide to publish (or share your story in any public way), what was once personal and private becomes open for discussion. People will have opinions on your story—and you might not like all of those opinions. When Sara Lewis…
 
Is there someone in your life trying to silence you? How do you fight for your voice when you are challenged, and what do you do when that resistance comes from someone close to you? As an author, speaker, and influencer, Elyse Murphy uses words for a living. But she knows what it's like to have someone suppress her voice: She and Ally both left ab…
 
Maybe you doubt if you really have what it takes to write a book. On this episode, Allison Fallon names five common myths about how books get written—misconceptions that SO many people have about this process. After debunking these myths, she reveals the truth. Listen to hear about the myth of the writer's retreat, the typewriter myth, and then wha…
 
Is it worth writing even if no one will pay attention? Melissa wrote a best-selling cookbook back in the height of the Paleo movement called Well Fed. But now, ten years later, she wants to write about something new, and she's not sure her audience will follow. If you've ever struggled with having a "platform" or "audience" for your writing, today'…
 
Sometimes, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. But what do we do when we feel hopeless? On this episode, author, speaking coach, and founder of the Don't Give Up Movement Amy Wolff speaks with us about mental health, writing, and how living a life of impact can start small. She brings "hope" out of the clouds and down to earth: naming it…
 
As we approach the anniversary of the 2020 shutdown, we all need a place to process. Author and writing coach Allison Fallon often praises journaling as a tool for personal growth and a form of self-therapy. But what exactly are the parallels between writing and therapy? And when is it best to simply go to the professionals? Los Angeles Therapist J…
 
There's no getting around it: over time, we change. As the world shifts and as you change with it, you might find that your creativity is what grounds you to yourself and what connects you to others too. This episode, Ally sits down with singer and songwriter Audrey Assad. She ask her about creativity as healing, her journey with writing, and her e…
 
Do you feel like you're living in an unstable world? (We sure do!) Today's guest, poet and a creative coach Mark McGuinness, outlines how we can find stability and assurance in our own creativity. Listen to this conversation to learn: how to use the unpredictability we live in to our advantage what to do instead of picking up your phone why to "for…
 
Mothers notoriously have no time in the day and no grace for themselves. Bunmi Laditan, writer and mother living in Quebec, Canada, does it differently. On today's episode, she shares about what a writing practice has meant for her, as a mother. She calls writing her nonjudgmental friend and encourages all writers (and mothers) that they are not al…
 
In the face of collective, systemic problems—where does one start? Poet, entrepreneur, tech hybrid investor John Lee Gaston White has a suggestion: start with yourself. John is working on a book on what it’s like to be Black in America and how trauma is passed down through generations. Recorded on the day of the insurrection at the US Capitol, Ally…
 
Sometimes we get what we want in life ... and it's not what we imagined. Despite the fact that there were a lot of glamorous elements to her work in Hollywood, Alex Hudgens found herself feeling more and more distant from her true self the longer she worked in television—unsure of the difference between what she truly wanted versus what she was tol…
 
Do you feel like you matter? Like—really matter? If you do feel like you matter, how do you know? Today’s guest is a man who argues that one way to know that we matter—really know—is to do a thing that we tell you to do all the time: it’s to write. But not just write. It’s to have a daily practice of creativity (like writing) that brings you back t…
 
Most people go their whole lives without ever actually saying what's on their hearts. Yet we all have something we want to say. What's getting in our way? It's launch week for Allison Fallon's book, The Power of Writing It Down: a Simple Habit to Unlock Your Brain and Reimagine Your Life. Listen as we interview our very own author, Allison Fallon, …
 
In this final episode of our special podcast series called The Power of Writing it Down, I talk with my friend and someone you probably have heard about — her name is Ruthie Lindsey. This episode is the perfect capstone to what we’ve been talking about… Why writing is so hard but powerful How writing can act like therapy and reframe our experiences…
 
Maybe you want to write — but life gets in the way. You’re busy, you’re tired. You don’t have a cabin in the woods. How do all of these people actually get writing done? This is the fifth episode of a special series that’s all about the power of a writing process to create positive change in your personal life. We’re covering topics like why writin…
 
Who gets to be a writer? It’s a question so many people ask themselves. On today’s episode, I chat with some voices you’ll recognize, including Science Mike and therapist Elyse Snipes as well as a new voice: Rafik Wahbi, whose program with hip hop writing helped men in jail feel a sense of empowerment over their own stories. We talk about the voice…
 
If your life was a movie, what kind of story would it be? Do you ever wish you could... pick a new story? (hint: you can!) This week you’ll hear, again, from therapist Elyse Snipes and also from singer and songwriter Audrey Assad. You’ll get a sense of how writing about your own personal story might help you to reframe it and feel like the hero of …
 
The big secret about writing is: it doesn’t actually have to be that hard. It’s really simple to tap into the therapeutic aspects of writing. This week you’ll hear from our favorite experts, Journal Therapist Deborah Ross and the infamous Science Mike, and I’ll introduce you to therapist Elyse Snipes, who will walk us through the Cognitive Behavior…
 
If I’m really a writer, why is writing so hard for me? Most people are shocked to find that writing is not only hard for them, it’s hard for anyone and everyone who has ever tried to write—even those people who are very gifted at their craft. In this episode, we hear from: Psychotherapist and Journal Therapist Deborah Ross, author of the book Your …
 
You know how sometimes no matter how hard you try to write, you just can’t seem to get any words on the page? Hello 2020. Today, poet, writer, two-time author and writing coach Nicole Gulotta shares why that can sometimes be a good thing, how inspiration ebbs and flows, and how in learning to be more present with our writing we do eventually get mo…
 
Do you consider yourself a confident person? If not, what's getting in your way? Not only has Hilary Billings interviewed some of the biggest celebrities out there on the red carpet, she's been in the spotlight herself as Miss Nevada. Hilary is a self proclaimed recovering perfectionist, and, on this episode, she shares her journey from inadequacy …
 
The chaos of 2020 can make us feel like our lives are going off track. But what if the frustrating detours of life weren't detours at all? Christine Owenell is the woman behind Alchemy of Chaos: a group program experience for leaders, a podcast and a book. While Christine has structured business deals for millionaires (and hung out with Richard Bra…
 
No matter who you are, it's sometimes difficult to access your intuition. Kim Chestney, author, creative business incubator, and intuition expert, joins us on this episode to dive into what intuition is, what keeps us from trusting ourselves, and how to use intuition to fuel a creative life. Order a copy of her new book to learn more: Radical Intui…
 
What happens when the story we've been working towards takes a sharp turn? What do we do when, despite our best attempts to prepare, difficult and painful moments come our way anyways? What do we do when we think to ourselves, "This is not how this story was supposed to go"? In today's episode, Ally tells the story of her daughter's birth. To put i…
 
Why are some people happier and more successful than others? And is there anything we can do to move ourselves from here (discontent, striving, always looking for the next thing) to there? Tim Schurrer, COO of StoryBrand and author of an upcoming book on success, says yes. Listen in to hear the mindset change which can make all the difference for y…
 
So often are we wonder, "Did I do it the 'right way'?" But what if, instead, we asked ourselves, "Did I feel empowered by that experience?" Brittany Ross is a voice on marriage, motherhood, baseball, and anti-trafficking. She's a writer and client of Find Your Voice. Her journey is one which makes us pause, reflect, and ask ourselves new questions.…
 
So many of us write for ourselves, but we wonder, “Could this be my full time gig?” Author, TED speaker, blogger, and writing coach Hannah Brencher shares why (and how) she's made "writer" her professional title. She also reflects on her publishing experience: what she learned publishing her first book and all the ways she’s writing differently now…
 
What do you do when no one else seems to understand the story you’re living? You write your story. And, in that process, you change yourself, your community, and make space for others who, like you, feel alone. Paria Hassouri is a pediatrician, Iranian-American, and mother of three. Her book Found in Transition details her journey as a mother as he…
 
Maybe some people just don’t find value in writing. Or maybe not. Matthew Ford is not a writerly type. Founder and Executive Producer of an experiential marketing agency, he always had plenty to keep him busy with work and never felt the need to process through writing. But like many entrepreneurs, he felt locked in the exhaustion of a 80-hour work…
 
Melissa Johnson, therapist, spiritual director, writer and podcaster, believes that the American version of beauty is way too small, which is why she started Impossible Beauty: an avenue for women to redefine beauty. But Impossible Beauty would never have come into existence if Melissa did not have the courage to start writing her own story. Listen…
 
After uncovering trauma from his childhood, Robert Imbeault was set on ending his own life. But first, he felt compelled to write a letter. What started as a “goodbye letter” to his family and friends ended up instead turning his perspective around--he was saved by the very words that were meant to be his last. On this episode, Robert reflects on t…
 
Melody Miles is an infectious disease expert. For years, she worked to end malaria with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She “had it all” by most standards: a meaningful career, a marriage, a mortgage. But when she had panic attack at work, it was wake-up call that she was ignoring the most important person in her life—herself. She “had it al…
 
Ever said something like, “Other people are really good at this, and I shouldn’t be doing it because I am NOT.” Amy Wolff, executive coach, hears this all the time about public speaking. At Find Your Voice, we hear it all the time about writing. In this episode, Amy dives into how to speak and how, through three small words, she gained the attentio…
 
Sometimes, it feels like we can’t escape from the life cycle that we’re living. No matter how much we try, we end up with the same relationships, life circumstances, or unhealthy patterns. As someone who has walked the road to recovery, writer, healer, and coach Sasha Tozzi shares her perspective on hypnotherapy and how we truly own the power to “r…
 
Taylor Tippett is a flight attendant for American Airlines who started her writing journey through a project called "Words from the Window Seat." Now, she regularly writes travel guides on her website atravelinlady.com, and she’s currently working on a book. In a frank conversation with Allison Fallon, Taylor shares on her mental health journey, wh…
 
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