Episode 69: Motivation for Writers – Interview with Mark McGuinness

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Podcast

Hey there Word Nerds!

I’m so excited to share with you today my conversation with Mark McGuinness. I first met Mark at the 99u conference in 2013. At the time, I had a young son at home and was struggling to balance being a first-time mom and also running DIY MFA. Mark gave me a litmus test, a mental image that helped me find balance while respecting both my family responsibilities and the work that I loved.

These days, I have the pleasure of counting Mark among my friends and creative colleagues and make a point of reading (actually devouring) every book he writes. It is my honor and privilege to welcome Mark at DIY MFA Radio. In this interview, he shares his wisdom and insights about motivation and creativity. Listen now because it’s going to be EPIC!

In this episode Mark and I discuss:

  • Myths and misconceptions that creative people have about motivation.
  • Strengths and challenges that creative people have.
  • How motivation works.
  • Being ready to capture inspiration when it hits.

Plus, Mark’s #1 tip for writers.


Tweet this.


About Mark McGuinness

Mark is a poet and coach for creative professionals. He’s based in London, UK, and coaches creative professionals worldwide via the magic of the internet.

He has also published a popular blog for creatives for the past 10 years, and has just finished his second book titled Motivation for Creative People.

Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success
Motivation for Creative People: How to Stay Creative While Gaining Money, Fame, and Reputation
If you want to know more about Mark McGuinness and his amazing books, you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, or visit his website.

Link to Episode 69

(Right-click to download.)

If you liked this episode…

Head over to iTunes, leave a review, and subscribe so you’ll be first to know when new episodes are available. Also, if you know anyone who might enjoy this podcast, please share!

Until next week, keep writing and keep being awesome.


Enjoyed this article?