Writers’ Rough Drafts – Episode #48 With Jay Acunzo - Craft Your Content
Jay Acunzo

Writers’ Rough Drafts – Episode #48 With Jay Acunzo

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Jay Acunzo is a public speaker, the author of the book Break the Wheel: Question Best Practices, Hone Your Intuition, and Do Your Best Work, a critically acclaimed show and podcast host, as well as the founder of Unthinkable Media, which creates documentary shows with brand clients. In the earlier parts of his career, he worked as a digital media strategist at Google, was Head of Content at HubSpot, and was Vice President of Brand at the venture capital firm NextView. He’s also the writer behind one of my favorite new-to-me newsletters of 2018, Damn the Best Practices.

Though he could easily slip into the tricks and hacks of content marketing and thought leadership that so many in the industry like to share, Jay focuses his writing and work on the quality of your ideas and investment in what you are creating. Recently launching an assault-of-sorts on what he terms “Random Acts of Creativity,” he’s dedicated himself to encouraging people to do their best work, rather than relying on the lowest-hanging fruit that will only get them vanity shares and short-term success. Instead, we need to learn to hone our intuition as creatives to make the best decisions, and produce the best pieces. If we commit to craft (something we’re pretty committed to here!), then the art and content will follow. As Jay has said before, “it has never been easier to be average, so be something else. Be the exception.”

What You’ll Learn About Writing This Week:

  • How to hone in on your intuition as a creative
  • Why your first version of anything will always be your worst
  • How to identify and build an aspirational anchor for yourself
  • Why you should have moments when you’re bored
  • How to go from having a full-time (non-writing) career to being a full-time writer
  • How careers are a messy journey of self-discovery, rather than a linear path

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About the Author Elisa Doucette

Elisa Doucette is a writer and editor who works with professional writers, entrepreneurs, and brands that want to make their own words even better. She is the Founder of Craft Your Content, and oversees Client Strategy and Writing Coaching. Her own writing has been featured in places like Forbes, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Yahoo! Small Business, and The Huffington Post, among others. She also hosts the Writers' Rough Drafts podcast here on CYC. When she isn't writing, editing, or reading words, she can usually be found at a local pub quiz, deep in a sun salutation, or binging TV shows for concept ideas and laughs.

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