Living a creative life is about living a mindful life. When the rubber meets the road, how important is this to us? What sacrifices do we need to make? People who live a creative life are willing to do what a lot of other people aren’t willing to do.
An advocate of the indie author movement, Victoria Dougherty has fully embraced a creative life as a full-time fiction writer who has published six books.
Victoria’s family history had a huge impact on her as a writer. At the age of 12, her mother was an accidental political prisoner in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War and she escaped to the United States. Her grandparents were also political refugees who helped hide and smuggle Jewish people throughout WorldWar II.
Victoria reveals her unique perspective as a writer who has seen all sides of the political spectrum through her family’s stories. She talks about how living a creative life was a risk worth taking—and that even when the world turns upside down, she loves what she has chosen to do even more.
You have to let go of a certain amount of control to gain control of your life. One of the early indie authors, Victoria shares years of creative insights, from recognizing difficult internal patterns to marketing creative works in times of difficulty. For anyone running a creative business or wanting to take that leap, Victoria offers up a no-bullshit approach.
In this episode, Victoria shares:
- Her perspective on launching a book and marketing her creative work during difficult times.
- Why conversation is so epically important for humanity, and that writing fiction means being part of that conversation.
- Indie publishing versus traditional publishing…the good, the bad, and the beautiful.
- The ins and outs of marketing fiction, from building relationships and fans through blogging to listening and reacting to feedback from readers.
- Her slow and immersive creative process and why she prefers painting detailed worlds, versus shelling out tons of books.
- Why more of us should focus on appealing to our better angels and understanding that we are all part of the human family.
Victoria Dougherty is the author of Breath, Savage Island, The Bone Church, Welcome to the Hotel Yalta, The Hungarian, and Cold. She writes fiction, drama, and essays that revolve around lovers, killers, curses, and destinies. WordPress named her blog, COLD, one of their top Recommended Blogs by writers or about writing.
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