Today our beloved Kate is fulfilling her birthing partner duties but I still loved speaking with Mariëlle as this went beyond the usual “ra ra write interview”. Mariëlle knows the power of going deep and sitting with what issues and conflicts present themselves to you on your struggle to go from thinking about writing, to writing and then actually publishing.

During the interview we talk not just about the fears of leaving a job to become a writer, but an even bigger more insidious situation, what about when you like your job and you are even good at it, but it doesn’t light you up the way being an author does?

This is a must listen for anyone who has ever thought about being a writer but their fears are blocking their way to their dreams!

Available on all your fav podcast haunts or right here:


Mariëlle S. Smith is a writer, editor, and writing coach who believes in the absolute healing power of storytelling. Years of working with both fiction and nonfiction writers have taught her that most writers have similar struggles, but how these struggles play out in their day-to-day lives differs dramatically from one person to the next.

Her upcoming 3-month 1:1 Coaching for Writers Programme is geared towards those writers who are ready to figure out once and for all what keeps them from writing. During the Programme, we’ll take a close look at where you are in the process, how you ended up there, and where you want to be, taking into account your daily life and what roles you have to play throughout the day.

We’ll discuss and break down your needs, struggles, and goals, and reflect on your progress to create a solid game plan and writing habit that is attuned to your personal circumstances and will keep you going long after the programme ends, using:

* Weekly writing deadlines
* Biweekly conference calls (8 in total)
* Biweekly email check-ins (7 in total)
* Worksheets to dig deep
* Personalised journal and/or writing prompts

The above is included in the Bronze option. For those who want just that little more from the Programme, there’s also the Silver option, which includes 3 hours of editing, and the Gold option, which includes 5 hours of editing and a 2-hour brainstorm about your project.

Are you ready to finally take yourself seriously as a writer? Enrolment is open to 12 November, 2018. The Programme starts between 5 and 18 November, depending on which date works best for you.

Is part of you saying ‘Yes!’ while the other part is still on the fence? Send an email to to schedule a free, no-strings-attached 30-minute call to find out more about the programme and whether Mariëlle is the right coach for you.

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