The Writer's Creative Space
By Rolain Peterson
Are you considering writing a book, currently writing a book or have already written a book and are wondering if you should go the self-publishing route? You have come to the right place. Welcome to the The Writer's Creative Space. A space that gives you inspiration, advice, & encouragement on your writing journey. You are not alone on this journey. I will be talking about, - Strategies and tools I have implemented that are working - Mistakes I have made on my writing journey - The mindset we should have as writers - The business side of writing And.....my name is Rolain. (Row -lynn) :)
Identifying And Filling The Gaps As A Writer
As writers and authors we have knowledge gaps. That's a given. It doesn't matter if you starting out or you are a veteran. There is always something to learn. So part of growing as an author is seeing the gaps and filling them. It's not going to take a day so be patient. Don't try to fix a hundred things at once. Instead take one or two things and fill those gaps. That's what growth looks like as a writer and author. I would love to hear your thoughts on what I spoke about. Make sure to comment below or on my Facebook page If you are enjoying the podcast consider giving us a five star rating. Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode. I will see you next week. Remember, you have something worth sharing. Rolain
October 19, 2021
Think Long-Term With Your Writing
Being an author is a marathon, not a sprint. So you write or pursue your goal of being an author it's important to have a long-term mindset. There is so much to learn and so much growth to happen. But you will find it really difficult to grow if you don't understand that those things take time. Are you prepared to commit at least 5 to 10 years to being an author, to accomplishing your goals as an author? My mentors have been in the game for at least fifteen years. They have been steadfast and have reaped the benefits of being consistent and I want that too. I have made a decision to be in this for the long-haul and I know it's not going to be easy but this is what I want. If you haven't thought about this then today is the day. What are your thoughts on having a long-term mindset and how has it helped you on your journey? Comment below or on my Facebook page. And remember to share this episode and consider giving us a 5 star rating if you enjoyed it. Thank you for listening and see you next week. Remember, you have something worth sharing. Rolain
October 12, 2021
Growing As An Author One Book At A Time
Join me today as I interview my good friend Olga Matsanura. She has released her second book titled, Reforming Your Character so I talk to her about it. I also talked to her about the lessons she learned in her first book that she used in the writing of her second book. We also spoke about balancing priorities. She runs a couple of businesses so I wanted to know how she balances running a business, university, life and writing. We also talked about the importance of having a long-term mindset as an author. I enjoyed the interview a lot. If you want to get a copy of Olga's book the link is down below and if you want to reach out to her you can also click on any of the links I posted. Website Email Personal Facebook Author Facebook page Instagram And if you enjoyed the interview make sure to comment below or on my Facebook page. You can also email me on firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for listening and I will see you next week. And remember, you have something worth sharing. Rolain
October 5, 2021
Redefining What An Author Is Today
There is much more to being an author than writing. Once you publish your first book you have essentially started your business. So it's important to look at your writing as a business. The sooner you can adopt a business mindset the better you will be as you proceed. This is especially true for Indie authors. You are an entrepreneur and there are a lot of things to learn. You are not only a writer, but you are a marketer, accountant, and so much more. Even in the traditional writing space, authors have to take on more if they want their books to succeed. Like any business it will take commitment, an insatiable appetite for learning, patience, and a never say die attitude to succeed. This is an exciting time to be a self-published author I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic so please comment below or on my Facebook page. You can also email me on email@example.com Thank you for listening and I will see you next week. Remember, you have something worth sharing. Rolain
September 28, 2021
How To Build Your Author Platform
As writers we all need a platform for ourselves because without one we remain in obscurity. Building a platform today is easier to do than it was 10 years ago with all the new tools and innovations out there but that doesn't make it an easy thing to do if you get what I mean. Building a platform will take hard work, time, determination and a plan. If you don't have one, now is the time to start. If you have a platform I would love to hear how you built yours. How long did it take? And I would also love to hear your thoughts on what I talked about. Please feel free to share. Comment below or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org You can also connect with me on my Facebook page. Thank you for listening and see you next week. Rolain
September 14, 2021
How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome To Achieve Success
At the very core of Imposter Syndrome is self-doubt. And that is why Imposter Syndrome can be damaging to you as a writer. We all struggle with self-doubt at some time but we need to learn to fight against the voices that tell us we are not good enough and tell us that we can't do it. We CAN achieve the big goals we have set for ourselves and we CAN overcome any obstacles that come our way. And it starts with our thoughts. Imposter Syndrome is real but it can be overcome. It will take patience and perseverance because even the most seasoned writers struggle with Imposter Syndrome. It's not only a select group of people that deal with this. We all deal with it in varying degrees. What are your thoughts on the topic today? What has been your experience with Imposter Syndrome and how do you deal with the thoughts of self-doubt that come your way? I would love to know so please make sure to comment below. You can also comment on my Facebook page or you can email me on email@example.com If you enjoyed this episode consider giving it a five-star rating and remember to share. I will see you next week and remember you have something worth sharing. Rolain
September 7, 2021
The Power Of An Idea In A Writer's Life.
We all have ideas about the type of writer's we want to be, the type of success we want to achieve, the impact we want to make with our books and so much more. But who has given you the ideas you are currently holding up for yourself? Are they positive or predominantly negative. As a writer you need to get into the habit of giving yourself positive, healthy ideas about everything concerning your writing career. It's time to take stock of the ideas you are holding up for yourself. If it's not challenging you, motivating you to achieve success, inspiring you, and growing you then it's time to let them go. And it's also time to look at where you are getting those ideas you are holding up. If your source is filling you with negativity and setting low limits of what you can achieve then that needs to be let go too. I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic. You can comment below or on my Facebook page. You can also email me on, firstname.lastname@example.org I also want to know where you listening from so let me know. And don't forget to share this episode and give it a five star rating if you enjoyed it. See you next week and remember that you have something worth sharing. Rolain
August 31, 2021
The Balancing Act Of Pressure
There is a positive and negative side to pressure and as writers we need to discern both. Applied wrongly pressure can crush us and send us into a crazy tailspin but applied correctly pressure can propel us to new heights. We need to learn the balance. What kind of pressure are you putting on yourself today and is it the healthy kind? Or is the pressure you are putting on yourself causing you stress, overwhelm, depression and a lot more negative side effects? Let's take a different approach to pressure today. I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic. You can comment below or you can head over to my Facebook page. You can also email me on email@example.com Thank you for listening to this episode. I will see you next week and remember, you have something worth sharing. Rolain
August 24, 2021
Don't Be Afraid To Dream Big
You cannot travel within and stand still without - Unknown As writers it is so important to envision bigger things for your writing career. Actually for your life! Our books are going to bring change into people's life, make an impact, challenge and so much more. But we need to be thinking of that. We need to be thinking of what success means to us and what we want our lives to be. We need to think about the impact we want our books to make. It's never too early or too late to start envisioning something different for your life So start right now. What kind of goals do you have for your writing career? And what challenges do you face as you dream big? I would love to hear your thoughts on this so make sure to comment below. If you would like to say hello, you can do so on my Facebook page or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org Here is the link to my YouTube channel where I spoke about this in more detail Click here. And thank you for listening to this episode. Like and subscribe to my podcast and give it a five-star rating if you are enjoying it so far. See you next week and remember, you have something worth sharing. Rolain
August 16, 2021
A Writer's Worst Enemy.
One of the main reasons people fail at anything hasn't got anything to do with what's happening outside of them. It has to do with what is happening inside them. Their thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. In this episode I talk about the importance of working on yourself. In fact the actual process of writing a book will reveal character traits, beliefs and trains of thought that you didn't even know you had. And instead of ignoring those things, take note. Be in the moment and ask yourself questions like, "why I am thinking like this" or "why do I want to quit?" As you work on yourself you become resilient, tenacious and a whole lot of other things that will benefit you as you grow as a writer. Thank you for listening to this episode. If you want to connect with me you can do so by subscribing to this podcast and follow me on Facebook. Make sure to give this episode a five star rating if it helped you and share it with people you know. You can also email me on, email@example.com. I would love to hear from you, your thoughts on the topic or where you listening from. If you want to follow what I am doing with my children's book you can follow me on Instagram or Facebook. @timandcaseyadventures Here is the link to the article I referred to in the beginning of the episode. Click here. And thank you for listening to this episode. See you next week Rolain
August 3, 2021
Why You Need To Write A Book.
There are so many reasons why you should write a book. But in this episode I look at three reasons why you should consider writing a book. At the core of the matter, you have a story to tell. The experiences you have gone through, the lessons you have learned till now all contribute to the story you have in you. There are people who need to hear your story. You have the answer that someone is looking for, the answer to the breakthrough they need. Don't listen to the voices of fear or be intimidated. Yes, writing a book is hard but it's so worth it in the end. It's worth the struggle. So what are you waiting for? Start writing that book! Please rate this podcast if you are enjoying it and remember to share it. If you want to connect with me you can do so by liking my Facebook page. You can send me your thoughts and questions on email as well. My email address is, firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for listening to this episode. Rolain
July 27, 2021
A Writer's Greatest Asset
Relationships. Where would we be without them? As I reflect on my writing journey, I see the instrumental role they have played. You have an amazing resource in the people that are in your lives but do you know that? As an aspiring author or author you need other people. Don't take for granted the people that come your way. Treat the relationships you have as gold. I love the quote from Hellen Keller that says, "Alone we can do so little: Together we can do so much." What are your thoughts on the vital role relationships play in the life of an author? Comment below or on my Facebook page. I would love to connect with you so make sure you like my Facebook page and leave a greeting. You can also email me on: email@example.com And you can follow my blog for more content. Also give this podcast a rating if you enjoyed the episode. See you next week. Remember, you have something worth sharing. Rolain
July 19, 2021
Writing Is Hard, But Don't Give Up
Writing a book is one of the hardest thing you can do. There is a mindset out there that thinks writing a book is easy. And I guess it is if you don't put in the work to make it great. But if there is a message you want to get out there and you have a passion to write then writing that book is not going to be easy. There are going to be obstacles and challenges that will make you think about quitting and giving up. But as an author, giving up should not be an option. You should have a "never say die" mindset. Even though it's going to be hard you must persevere until you get the job done. What are your thoughts on the topic? How do you deal with the difficulty that comes with writing a book? I would love to hear your thoughts. Please comment below and if you liked the episode, give the show a rating. I would like to connect with you so head over to my Facebook page. It would be great to meet you and hear your thoughts and experiences. Remember that you have something worth sharing, so write and keep writing. Rolain
July 6, 2021
Stay In Your Lane.
There is a saying that goes along the lines of, "Don't compare your chapter one to someone else's chapter twenty" As a writer it's so important to learn to stay in your own lane. Comparison can only lead to discouragement, impatience, overwhelm and so many other things. When I made a decision to finish my first book I made the mistake of comparing myself to other more seasoned writers. I was nowhere close to where they were and I was freaking out. I tried to implement some of their advanced strategies and failed dismally. It's taken some time to realize that I need to stay in my own lane. To become a successful author you need to do the work. The work of learning and making mistakes. It's okay to learn from others but don't fall into the trap of trying to be them. Your writing journey is unique to you. Stay in your lane and accomplish the goals you want to accomplish. Be okay with where you are. Becoming a success doesn't happen overnight. It takes time. So keep ploughing ahead friend. If you would like to connect with me you can do so by following me on my Facebook Page. I would love to hear from you! Also make sure to rate this episode if you enjoyed it and remember to share the episode. Remember, you have something worth sharing. Rolain
June 29, 2021
Silencing The Fear To Be A Successful Author.
Fear is something we all have to deal with on a regular basis and this couldn't be more true for authors. Fear is something we have to constantly navigate and how we respond and deal with the fear we face can determine our success. There are so many opportunities waiting for us on the other side of fear but when we listen to fear and fail to silence it's voice we can remain stagnant, unproductive and frustrated. Fear can stop you from writing the book you are meant to write. (It nearly stopped me) And make sure you are not fighting fear alone. Talk to someone or people you trust about the fears you face. Accountability is a big factor in overcoming fear. You can do this. So stop listening to fear and write the books you are meant to write. Stop listening to fear to succeed as an author. What fears are you dealing with that are stopping you from being a successful author? Or on the other side of the coin, How do you deal with fear as an author? I would love to know. Make sure to comment below or comment on my Facebook Page. And if you liked the episode please give the show a rating and share it. Thank you for listening today. Rolain
June 22, 2021
A Key Book Marketing Ingredient
"There are hundreds of different ways or channels to market a product or grow a company. The secret of success is not to do all of them, or even as many as possible. Instead, it's to find the one or two channels that work for your company and focus all your energy and resources on just those." - Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth As an author or aspiring author you will need to learn to cut through the noise. The way to succeed is by focusing on one or two things instead of trying a hundred at a time. When I started, I tried everything and listened to everything which didn't help me much. The only thing that managed to accomplish was to make me more frustrated and confused because I didn't know where to start. It felt all so overwhelming. But learning to zone-in on one or two things is the key. It really works. I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic. Make sure to comment below. You can also comment on my Faceboook Page. If you enjoyed the show give us a rating and share the episode. Thank you for listening. Rolain
June 8, 2021
Where You Start Is Not Where You End.
"Where you start is not where you end" is not just a nice thing to say but is a life principle. Your ending as an author is going to be very different to your start. And understanding this very important principle is so key because a lot of the time, we tend to judge our journey based on the start. But we don't know much in the beginning so just because we have no followers in the beginning doesn't mean we suck as writers. There is so much to learn as you start and it's okay to be okay with where you are. It's going to be very important to not make any rash conclusions about the type of author and success you are going to make based on your beginning because remember, Where you start is not where you will end. There are a lot of successes lined up for you. Lots of lessons to be learned, and huge growth to happen. So pace yourself. Don't put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Your author journey is going to be very different next year than it is right now and that's exciting unless of course, you become lazy, procrastinate, don't take your writing seriously and just sit around doing nothing. So it's time to change your mind and the way you see where you are now. Where you start is not where you end. I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic. Please comment below or on my Facebook Page. And if you liked the episode give it a rating and share it. Thank you for listening to the episode and remember that you have something worth sharing. Rolain
May 30, 2021
Be Patient On Your Writing Journey.
When I started writing my first book I set a few goals and among those goals was when I wanted to finish but I never hit that target. The Covid-19 pandemic had only just started so I faced a lot of challenges as I tried to navigate this new project I had started and the pandemic. It was frustrating when things didn't go according to plan. But over time, I have been learning to be patient with myself. As an author you need to be patient with yourself because anything can happen and the goals you have set can change in an instance because of unforeseen circumstances. The goal is to keep moving forward and not being hard on yourself when things don't work out. Even though I missed my deadline by a few months, I felt a sense of pride and accomplishment when I did eventually publish my book. Writing a book is a journey and the journey is filled with highs and lows and you need to learn how to deal with that. Don't put unnecessary pressure on your self when life happens. Patience is a critical skill you need to have as an author. I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic. Comment below or on my Facebook page or You can email me on, firstname.lastname@example.org If you enjoyed listening to this podcast give it a rating and share it. Thank you for listening. Rolain
May 25, 2021
Starting From Zero
"Every great thing that ever started, started with somebody not knowing. There was a day when Oprah didn't know how to turn on a microphone." - Unknown We all have to start somewhere and as writers and authors, starting can seem so overwhelming. There is so much learning to be done, so many things we have to know and all that can seem insurmountable. And before we know it, we quit before we even begin. And even if we have started, the progress we make may not be what we wanted. It's slow and can feel like a snail crawling a hundred meter track. It seems impossible. But we have to understand that everyone starts from zero. There was a time, a best -selling author didn't know anything about marketing, editing, formatting, etc. There was a time they struggled to sell one book. But over time, they learned the skills that needed to be learned. Was it hard? Most definitely, but they never quit. They kept at it, making progress, learning and growing. No matter how daunting the task ahead of you may appear, don't give up. Keep at it. We all start from zero. I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic. You can leave a comment below or on my Facebook Page. You can also subscribe to my blog and please share this episode if you found it useful. Thank you for listening. Rolain
May 18, 2021
Stop Talking Yourself Out Of Being An Author.
In the early stages of my writing journey, I talked myself out of writing regularly. I didn't believe I could do it especially since I did not have any academic qualifications as a writer. But that kind of talking really hurt my progress and kept me in a place of self-doubt. If you want to be an author, you need to silence the negative voices that are keeping you from picking up the pen. You can become an author and the time is now. Stop listening to people that tell you that you can't become an author as well. I believe you can do it if you push through the negativity. What is your biggest hinderance to writing a book? I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic and I would love to hear what is the biggest thing that's holding you back. Comment below or comment on my Facebook Page. Make sure to like and follow my page. And share this post if you enjoyed it. I also have a blog you can follow. Click here. And with that enjoy the rest of your week and remember that you have something valuable to share with the world. Rolain
May 10, 2021
Creating Habits to Increase Productivity As An Author.
As a new author I quickly realized the need to create new habits. The previous habits I had were not serving me so I needed to change. Learning a new habit is not easy but the payoff is so worth it. The goal after all is becoming a better writer. Yes we want to sell more books but to sell more books we need to become better at our craft. There were a few points I expanded on which were, - To make room for new habits there needs to be a letting go of other things - The importance of accountability - Learn to be flexible If you enjoy the episode please like and share it. I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject so please comment down below or on my YouTube Channel and Facebook Page. Like and subscribe to my blog as well. Thank you for listening to this episode. Rolain
May 3, 2021
Put Aside The Excuses And Write.
My writing journey is littered with excuses. Initially, they seemed legit but as I took a closer look at them, I realized there was something deeper going on. At the root, fear was the motivator. - Fear of the unknown - Fear of how people would respond to the book (would they like it, would anyone even read it?) - Did I have anything noteworthy to share But I only made progress when I put aside the excuses and got to work which led to me publishing my first book. So what excuses are you making on your writing journey? Excuses will stop you from making any kind of progress. It's time to take a look under the hood and see what's really going on? What is really going on behind the excuses? Don't let excuses rob you of an amazing and exciting journey that is prepared for you. Let's get going! I would love to hear your thoughts on the topic so be sure to comment below or on my YouTube Channel, or blog, and if you would like to say hi and connect with me you can do so on my, Facebook page. Please share this episode with your writing friends. And until next time Keep writing! Rolain
April 26, 2021
Cultivating A Positive Attitude Toward Learning, As An Author.
What is your attitude toward learning? As an author or aspiring author you need to train yourself to love learning because a whole lot of learning needs to happen if you want to grow and become successful. In this episode I talk about the negative attitudes I have been harboring towards learning. I also talk about something called, "Creative Avoidance" which is an indicator that one has a negative attitude something. If you are going to succeed as author you need to give up outdated, negative attitudes about learning. If you like this episode make sure to give it a review and please share it with your friends. I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Comment in the comment section or reach me on my, Facebook Page YouTube Channel Blog Rolain
April 19, 2021
How To Write A Devotional.
In this interview I talk to Olga Matsanura about her first and new book - The New Move. We talk about the importance of being patient in the process of writing. "Take time to create the best book you can and don't rush and become impatient in the creation process." We also go through a few steps of how to write a devotional. We then talk about the challenges faced as she wrote her book and how she overcame them. This was a great interview which I enjoyed a lot. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did and most importantly, that you will leave having learned something and leave being encouraged and inspired. If you want to connect with Olga and give her a shout out reach her on, Facebook and Instagram. If you would like to get a copy of her book use the link below. Amazon For a free copy of her book click here. Visit her website - http://www.awakeningthesons.com/ What did you learn from the interview? I would love to hear from you. Comment below or reach out to me on my various platforms, Facebook Blog YouTube Keep writing friends! Rolain
April 12, 2021
How To Rise Up Out Of The Ashes Of Disappointment And Failure.
In this episode, I talk to my good friend Austin who has published a book titled, "Out Of The Ashes". A book for people who have failed in business and are struggling to rise up and try again. His message is simple but powerful: You are not a failure even when you fail and you don't have to let your failures define you. Even though his book is targeted at entrepreneurs, I think his book is for anyone who has failed at something and doesn't know how to move on from there. As we came to the end of the interview we also talked about the future of African authors. He had some inspiring words for African authors which I appreciated a lot. If you would like to connect with Austin or look into the other things he talked about, here are the links: www.austinmpandawana.co.za Austin - Facebook Africa Must Read Faithland Publishers And if you liked the episode, please comment below or if you like to connect with me please click on any of the links below Facebook Blog YouTube Stay safe and keep writing! Rolain
April 5, 2021
Living In A To-Do List.
Whether you are starting out as an author or a veteran author, setting goals is important. Without goals and a plan it's really hard to get anything done but this is easier to except if you have been writing for a while because you already do it. But as you are starting out, the whole process can seem overwhelming, leaving you in a place of not knowing how to start or where to start. But you can adopt and learn the habit of setting goals and creating a to-do list. In this episode I talk about my goal-setting strategy and how I learned to create a do-list and how it is benefiting me now. If I can do it, then you can. And even if you have been writing for a while, I share some ideas on goal-setting that could benefit you. Please remember to share this episode and if you would like to connect and leave a comment, you can do so here or on my Facebook Page, blog, or YouTube Channel. I would love to hear what you thought on the subject and would also love to hear what your strategy is.
March 22, 2021
Changing Your Mind About Marketing, As An Author.
The word "Marketing" has become a scary word for so many authors. If given a choice, most authors would outsource their marketing to someone else but if we are ever going to grow and sell more books then we need to change that negative mindset. In this episode I highlight a few important things about marketing from Ricardo Fayet's new book, "How To Market A Book' - Overperform In A Crowded Market. - The responsibility of marketing your book falls solely on you even if you have gone the traditional publishing route. - Marketing in simple terms is the act of telling as many people about the book you have written. - Marketing is a skill that needs to be learned and can be learned. - As an Indie Author you need to adopt an attitude of learning. Follow me on Facebook, and subscribe to my YouTube Channel and WordPress blog. Thank you for visiting and listening. Rolain.
March 16, 2021
In this episode I talk about the things that stop us from writing such as fear of the unknown. "Will my book be any good?' "Will anyone buy my book?' "What will people think about my book?" And so many other things. The most important step in writing, is writing. Tune out the negative voices and get started. You have something worthwhile to say and there are people that need what you have so don't let anything stop you. Get started today. Follow me on my YouTube channel - https://youtu.be/DXJsBaawtqU And on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/The-Writers-Creative-Space-186277926271030 I would love to hear your thoughts on the episode. What resonated with you? What fears are you facing on your writing journey? Let's talk.
March 8, 2021
Hello, the journey begins!
In this introductory episode I talk about my journey as an Indie author (which has only just begun. I published my first book last year) I talk about my decision to go the self-publishing route. (I will be unpacking more of that in future episodes) I go deeper into how I started writing and the help I got along the way. (We really need each other on this journey) Key aha moments! - Writing and publishing a book is the first step. There is so much more to do. - After holding on to a desire and dream to become an author, for nine years, it finally came true. (don't give up on your dreams) - Mistakes and failures make us stronger - We are not alone in this Oh, and by the way, my name is Rolain.....
February 24, 2021