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#046: Learning how to write with Oliver Phisher

By Jordan Michaelides

Oliver Phisher (@OPhisher)  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

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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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