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There’s something the world’s most successful writers need you to know:

That the right — and wrong — words can make or break your career, your relationships, and the fate of your deepest creative dreams. Before you say, Okayyyy Marie, you can stop exaggerating now…” Think about it.

With the right words you can…

  • Make someone fall in love, or tear their heart to bits.
  • Publish a novel that captivates millions, or loses people on page three.
  • Sell out your new program, or get nothing but unsubscribes.

What’s the secret to successful writing? In today’s MarieTV, seven brilliant, prolific, best-selling authors share their best writing advice — advice that’ll help you blast through your creative blocks and write like a pro. This diverse group of writers from age 27 to 77 have written everything from novels, memoirs, and poetry, to marketing and commercial collaborations. With 70 books and 28 bestsellers between them — their insights will help make you a better writer, guaranteed.

I do not want to go to my grave with 50 pages of an unfinished novel in a drawer. @GilbertLiz Click To Tweet

Watching this episode is like getting 100 years of writing experience in just twenty minutes!

You’ll learn:

  • How to beat perfectionism once and for all.
  • The difference between creative writing and copywriting.
  • The “Jeopardy Secret” to writing a bestseller.
  • Why you must start calling yourself a writer, even if you feel like an imposter.
  • What your writer’s block is trying to tell you.
  • Why overcoming resistance is more important than talent.
  • The ONE piece of advice every creative needs to hear.

If you want to become a better or more prolific writer, grab a notebook now and hit ‘play.’

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Want more writing advice from the pros? Watch these MarieTVs for a deep dive with each brilliant author from today’s episode:

Now, it’s time to turn the spotlight back on you. In the comments below, let us know:

What’s the ONE thing that holds you back from being more consistent and prolific with your writing, and which piece of advice from today’s show can you apply starting now?

Remember, all the insights and aha-moments in the world mean nothing without action to back it up.

So if you’re serious about making higher profits and bigger impact with your words — and want my personal help with your writing — join us for The Copy Cure. Doors won’t be open long, so get in while you can.

You are a brilliant, one-time mega event in the universe — and the world needs your voice.


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  1. Wow. I didn’t even know I needed it.
    Thank you.

  2. Michelle Ladlow

    One of my favourites, this was amazing, thanks Team Forleo

  3. Yes, Marie! This was amazing and inspiring! The best part for me was hearing how all of these successful writers overcame the inner critic and kept going. My inner critic is in my ear all the time! I’m bookmarking this segment! Thank you for sharing!! XXOO

    • teamforleo

      Hi Trena,

      Yes, keep going, going, and going! We agree that it’s such a welcome and friendly reminder to hear that writers of all types and levels experience this inner critic. Thank you for sharing.

      – Jeremy, Team Forleo

  4. Dana O'Hara Smith

    LOVED THIS! So many good nuggets. Succinct. Great ideas. Thank you Marie!

    • teamforleo

      Hi Dana,

      We’re so happy to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by.

      – Jeremy, Team Forleo

  5. DNN

    Writing can become a very lucrative side hustle online for the everyday working class person, putting them in the grand position to quit their day job during the great resignation era and never worrying about working a regular 9 to 5 job I ever get in life. Truth is, writing can be challenging in the infancy of anyone’s online blogging and affiliate marketing career. Writing online in a blog or through a YouTube channel can potentially make anyone a side hustle millionaire. But a person has to do it as a labor of love genuinely from the heart even in the infancy of their online side hustle career, when they’re not making money from it.

    I’ve had my personal struggles with writing over the years and as I grew to understand the importance of consistent writing, I understood that I had to change my mindset and get used to writing consistently in order to grow my passive income potential. I urge anyone who”s looking to get off of the day job seem to take up writing online through blogging and YouTube vlogging as a means of earning passive income. 🙂

  6. Shannon Lee Gilmour

    Thank you for this gift of wisdom from these accomplished writers. I do appreciate it.

  7. Bridget

    Perfect timing. I needed a kick in the pants to stop procrastinating and worrying that my writing isn’t good enough. Today, I will write!!!

  8. Unsa Salman

    Very inspiring! The biggest lesson for me was to start before you feel you are ready. I keep overthinking that my writing is mediocre, but these inspiring writers have given me the encouragement that I can do it!

  9. Catherine Whitehead

    Lovely words of wisdom from the writers.
    Don’t be a wandering generality……..time is finite. I will write this out for myself.

    Done is better than good not done. I always believe this in all areas of my life. Soooooo satisfying.
    I’m ok with not being a great writer…yet…
    I’ve read loads of stuff that wasnt brilliant or earth shattering but it still had a place and so do I.
    Write and keep writing.
    Thanks Marie xx

  10. That was outstanding and so so helpful! I’m a fan of every single one of your guests and their words inspired me on a very uninspiring day for me personally. Heading back to my desk now!!! TY MF and BTW – I am a very proud and happy Copy Cure alumni member. You guys literally changed my trajectory and joy from all the fallout from joining. Love you guys 💕🙏

  11. Loved this! I bookmarked it, too. And shared it. Lotsa great nuggets: “Copywriting is action, writing is sharing” “Done is better then good” “What am I taking away so I have time to write?” and so many more. Love the inspiration. Thanks team Forleo! Xo

  12. As a writer, this made me smile. I don’t watch television which gives me 2 hours or so a day to work on my books and short stories 😀 As Gary V says “Stop watching effin’ Lost”
    Every Yes is a No, and every No is a Yes to something else 🙂
    Love the reminder that we haven’t promised to be good, and that critics won’t have written their own book like this.
    I’m trying to befriend my own Resistance and in case any writer’s struggle to get the words out, I wrote a piece on Medium about writing every day and how keeping a ‘chain’ has really helped me – a bit like Seth’s “I’ll have a blog post out tomorrow” method I guess =)
    Love the idea that ‘blocks’ are actually ‘cues’ to pause too.

  13. This is SO helpful – thank you! Too many competing golden nuggets to just name one!

  14. Olga Juliana Ardila Ospinaq

    Thank you so much Marie, I just loved this episode.

  15. Great Podcast! I signed up for The Copy Cure today. Im anxious, but this was so good! I look forward to getting started.

    Thanks, Marie!


    • teamforleo

      Hi Patricia!

      We’re so honored you could join us for The Copy Cure. If you have any questions Team Forleo is always an email away at [email protected]. Can’t wait to see all your progress!

      – Monauar, Team Forleo

  16. Great episode. I love this topic and also I loved that there are more guest. 🙂

  17. Great wake up advice! I started to write a book, and now it’s on my bookshelf, unfinished. I’m making time right now, schedule in my calendar and carry on! Better a book out that one unfinished on my drawer!

    Thanks so much! I took notes for every single writer on the video!

    • teamforleo

      Hi Laura!

      This is great! We love that you immediately turned your insight into action and made time in your calendar to make it happen. Happy Writing!

      – Monauar, Team Forleo

    • teamforleo

      Hi Laura,

      Yeah–for you! So glad you enjoyed this episode and notetaking is wonderful to hear. So important to ensure you get all of the golden nuggets of information. Thanks for being a part of our community!

      -Antoinette, Team Forleo

  18. Carole'Diane Pace

    This was so inspiring Marie, Thank You! I particularly liked Stephen Pressfields comment about Resistance. The one thing that stops me from my writing is struggling to become published! So I resist the urge to write anymore because I believe its never going to be published so what’s the point. I resist the words in my head and heart, I resist the act of listening to it and writing it down and then go and do something else then forget what it is I was going to write instead of following my gut instincts. Once I start, I cannot stop writing, it floods out of me like a damn that’s blown then I think, whats the point, its like im writing to myself yet I want to get my book out there to help others, its a true story based on my own life experiences so I have first hand knowledge what I am writing about, but cannot get it published. I know my story will be someone else guide book. It is my legacy and I do not want to take it to my grave. The cemetery, after all, is the richest place on earth, filled with unfinished stories that could have been so successful and to help so many others. How do I find a publisher? Ive tried, submitted my work, and nothing. I was being a perfectionist, it had to be right, but having lost a lot of my work, a lot that will never be written or remembered ever again, I started to re-write my story all over again. I have been writing and journalling for years. Being an Empath, I have helped a lot of people by talking to them along the way, sometimes purely by chance meetings, but as for becoming a published author, im stuck! I would love to become a motivational speaker too, but I need to tell my story, it’s my soul purpose, to help others, its been with me since childhood, not recognised until adulthood and no matter how hard I try, I am not winning, and resist the urge to write anymore. Any help or advice would be appreciated. Thank you. Much love. Carole xoxo

  19. Elena

    God’s timing man! My first book is with my editor right now, and I’ve already outlined book No 2

    Keeping the faith and developing that muscle of faith and perseverance that does not come from external validation

    • teamforleo

      Hi Elena!

      What great timing! Sending you all the best wishes for your book! Keep up the writing!

      – Monauar, Team Forleo

  20. This was so inspiring! I am a cellist, and I think every bit of this brilliant advice applies to musicians too! Thank you.

  21. I loved MHN’s comment that when there’s writers block it’s just a “cue to listen when I don’t know what to say”

    • teamforleo

      Hi Candace,

      That’s one of my personal favorites! It’s so simple yet so powerful. Thank you for being here with us and sharing! All the best!

      – Monauar, Team Forleo

  22. Alex

    Thanks for the compilation Marie!
    The one thing that has held me back is perfectionism. Sneaky sophisticated perfectionism. I sometimes call it something else and don’t recognize it but have been able to pull the mask off much more frequently this year and I am now writing regularly.
    It gets better every day, thanks for helping me be more aware of the beliefs that have been holding me back and then helping me to find a direction to go from that point forward. Constantly adjusting, day by day. Progress, not perfection.

  23. Great show! Thanks for putting that together for us.

    My greatest issue with writing is when I’m required–or think I “should”–to write on a topic I couldn’t care less about. I used to think, “Wow…this client is really passionate on this subject… Maybe I should write about this issue to help others with this problem…” only it’s not really a problem and it wasn’t mine to begin with. I have nine books and a manual out there to “help people” have a life worth living. You know what I’m doing now? I’m writing M/M Romance novels under a pen name… books which my husband calls, “Gay Bodice Rippers”… but I digress. I’m having the time of my life! I have one published (book #1 of a three-novel series), a standalone novel ready to be released (as soon as my editor gets through with it), book #2 of the series (being read by my beta readers), and I’m nearly finished with book #3. In less than eighteen months I’ll have put out FOUR new books all in this genre. Write what you know, write what you want to know, and write–most of all–about things you REALLY enjoy. Love ya, Marie!

    • teamforleo

      Hi Terry,

      It’s so great to hear you’ve found a genre of writing that you genuinely enjoy focusing your time and energy on! That’s the dream, right!? Thanks for sharing, and we hope you have a nice weekend.

      – Jeremy, Team Forleo

  24. Thank you for this!
    Resistance and confidence. It is something I need to work on to just follow through.
    So many ideas and I don’t follow through.

  25. So useful. When I am writing or working on big ideas it is a lonely place so it feels like I just filled myself up with all these cool cheerleaders to unlock my synaptic resistances. “Overcoming resistance is more important than talent or anything else….If the dream is the tree than resistance is the shadow.” Boom. Also the notion that the poetry comes from the DM’s, the organic conversations with people really hit the spot for me. Lastly Cheryl Strayed on how to keep faith with your own vision by developing that muscle within. THANK YOU MARIE. SO PERFECT

    • teamforleo

      Hi Kaama,

      So wonderful to hear that this episode really resonated with you. Thanks for being a part of our community and sharing your thoughts with us.

      -Antoinette, Team Forleo

  26. Wow, So much learning from this episode. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge to us.

  27. Kirsten Michel

    Sounds like you really need to know yourself and have serious discipline to get to the guts of what you want to put out there. Real and provocative. I get hit with an idea and I just let it peter out. Really need to start picking up the pen.

    Thank you for this Marie and all you do to keep us going.

    • teamforleo


      Thank you for sharing your feedback with our community!

      -Antoinette, Team Forleo

  28. What really resonated with me was what Liz Gilbert shared – I am a writer because I write. I don’t have to be a good writer. I can just write the way that I am. It reminds me that I am enough as I am and the work I share with the world is enough because it comes from the heart in my unique voice. Of course, my joy is to continue growing in my craft. However, this nugget of wisdom reminds me to just keep writing and let the process magically unfold 🙂 Thank you so much!

    Big hugs and gratitude,
    Shree Lasya

    • teamforleo

      Hi Shree!

      That’s one of my personal favorite moments of Liz Gillbert too! You have everything you need to call yourself a writer right now 🙂 Keep those words flowing!

      – Monauar, Team Forleo

  29. Hi Marie,

    I have been writing since I was 10, and I write for myself, never really had the confidence in getting my work published. After reading your post, and watching the video, I may actually start working on something serious. I struggle with writer’s block very often, and I can’t always manage it properly. I do have a tendency to give up when I can’t think. Do you have any insightful tips or mechanisms to cope with this issue?

  30. I didn’t even know I needed it. Loved this!

  31. 7 Amazing authors. Learned a lot hearing from this awesome speaker. Thank you very much of sharing your knowledge.

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    I didn’t have any expectations concerning that title, but the more I was astonished. The author did a great job. I spent a few minutes reading and checking the facts. Everything is very clear and understandable. I like posts that fill in your knowledge gaps. This one is of the sort.

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