#046: Learning how to write with Oliver Phisher

By Jordan Michaelides
December 27, 2017

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    Oliver Phisher (@OPhisher) aka Michael Crinall, is an author, and good friend of mine currently residing in the beautiful city of Belfast.

    From the early stages of our friendship, I had always known that Oliver, with his introspectiveness, was going to be a writer in some form. His experience of toiling away in self-publishing is invaluable to any wannabe author and novice writer out there, who struggles to make movement on their writing project.

    There are many parallels with self-development and writing, because so much of what you achieve is ultimately dependent on what you set your mind to and complete. To be a writer is the ultimate form of ownership of your life.

    Oliver is an incredible friend, who will always challenge me on a belief, viewpoint or process in my life. I hope this episode underlines how valuable that can be to your own life.

    Topics we discussed:

    • Where the moniker Oliver Phisher came from

    • Anthropomorphic Animals & his earliest childhood memory

    • Why he’s focused on self-improvement

    • Combatting the futility of life

    • Dealing with dark periods in life

    • Stoicism

    • What he aims for with his writing

    • What is “The Plain White Room” about?

    • Being self-aware and emotionally intelligent

    • How “The Plain White Room” is important to him

    • What he’s learned about the publishing industry

    • The main thing that aspiring authors miss

    • Tips for first-time writers & learning from respected authors


    Enjoy the episode,
    Jordan & Lauren





    Show notes

    • 04:54 - Where the moniker Oliver Phisher came from

    • 06:10  - Anthropomorphic Animals & his earliest childhood memory

    • 08:04 - Why he’s focused on self-improvement

    • 15:13 - Emily Rodda’s “Rowan of Rin”

    • 18:41 - Combatting the futility of life

    • 19:57 - Lessons learnt from his parents

    • 24:43 - Dealing with dark periods in life

    • 25:45 - Stoicism

    • 32:09 - What he aims for with his writing

    • 34:01 - What is “The Plain White Room” about?

    • 39:15 - How “The Plain White Room” is important to him

    • 41:53 - What have you learned about the publishing industry?

    • 46:46 - The main thing that aspiring authors miss

    • 54:53 - Tips for first-time writers & learning from respected authors

    • 58:44 - What’s his morning and evening ritual?

    • 01:03:06 - Best purchase under $200

    • 01:05:17 - Most influential book

    • 01:07:13 - Who or what comes to mind when he thinks of success

    • 01:08:33 - If he could have a billboard anywhere

    • 01:08:58 - Where people can find him online


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