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August 9, 2018

#70 | The Write Work: Loving Books, Writing Stories & Finding Community with Marina Condo

About This Episode

“I believe that life is a gift and we need to do something beautiful with it.”

Marina Condo wears many hats–freelance copywriter, creative writer, blogger, Youtuber, book reviewer, student, and mother. With a Youtube account that has 4,000 subscribers (and videos with over 20,000 views), Marina is making waves in the Hispanic literary community. Join us for a conversation that pulls back the curtain on “the writer’s life,” and discover how to change directions, focus your creativity and connect to a community of people who share your passions.

“We as women have an amazing opportunity to show our unique way of living… Femininity is knowing the power of being myself.”

For many of us, changing careers and going back to school would seem impossible, but that is what Marina did. She gave up a full-time marketing job, became a freelance copywriter, and joined seminars to learn how to write and create comic books. In this one decision, Marina learned a lesson that she shares with us today–give yourself the chance to pursue your passions, because you never know where those passions might lead you.

“You don’t need to change your life all at once. It is the little steps towards something you like to do. Do something out of your comfort zone.”

Her willingness to learn and work hard is beginning to pay off. She has built a community of writers in Buenos Aires with her fellow students and writers, and small publishers have started to send her books to review on her increasingly popular Youtube channel. She plans to continue working as a freelance copywriter, but she is creating online writing seminars with the hope of being able to make money with her writing and give back to the community that has given her so much support. Every decision she makes is centered around community and creating a tribe of people with similar interests to support and inspire each other.

“I don’t know how this is going to end, but if the end of the world is going to catch me, I’d prefer it to catch me writing.”


Marina Writes on Facebook

Tools & Resources Mentioned


  • Tomato Timer – This application is an easy way to get started with the Pomodoro Technique. This time management software helps you schedule your work for periods of 25 minutes with 5 minute breaks.
  • SelfControl – SelfControl is a free Mac app that helps you avoid distracting websites. Block your own access to websites or mail servers for a pre-set length of time.
  • Sublime Text – Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, markup and prose. You’ll love the slick user interface, extraordinary features and amazing performance.
  • Evernote – Organize your work and declutter your life. With Evernote on your desktop and mobile devices, your notes are always with you and always in sync.

People/Blogs to Follow

  • Seth Godin – Seth is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker. In addition to launching one of the most popular blogs in the world, he has written 18 best-selling books, including The Dip, Linchpin, Purple Cow, Tribes, and What To Do When It’s Your Turn (And It’s Always Your Turn). Though renowned for his writing and speaking, Seth also founded two companies, Squidoo and Yoyodyne (acquired by Yahoo!). By focusing on everything from effective marketing and leadership, to the spread of ideas and changing everything, Seth has been able to motivate and inspire countless people around the world.
  • Roy Williams – A lifelong student of humanity, Roy H. Williams has spent a quarter-century asking, “What makes people do the things they do?” And he’s been using the things he’s learned to stimulate miraculous growth for his small business clients for more than 25 years.
  • Elizabeth Gilbert – Elizabeth is best known, however for her 2006 memoir EAT PRAY LOVE, which chronicled her journey alone around the world, looking for solace after a difficult divorce. The book was an international bestseller, translated into over thirty languages, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. In 2010, EAT PRAY LOVE was made into a film starring Julia Roberts. The book became so popular that Time Magazine named Elizabeth as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Recommended Books

  • The Young Bride by Alessandro Baricco – From international bestselling author, Alessandro Baricco, comes a scintillating and sensual novel about a young woman’s ingress into a fantastically strange family. In this erotically charged and magical novel, Alessandro Baricco portrays a cast of mysterious characters who exist outside of the rules of causation as he tells a story, an adult fable, about fate and the difficult job of confronting the Other and creating an Us.
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver – In his second collection, including the iconic and much-referenced title story featured in the Academy Award-winning film Birdman, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated short-story writers in American literature—a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark.
  • La Uruguaya by Pedro Mairal – Lucas, a man in his forties, embarks on a day trip from Buenos Aires to Montevideo to pick up fifteen thousand dollars in cash. An advance due to him on his upcoming novel, the small fortune promises to be the solution to all his problems: after months of being unemployed and unable to write a single page, the tension at home has become unbearable. While his wife spends her days at work and her nights out on the town—with a lover, perhaps, he doesn’t know for sure—Lucas is stuck at home all day staring at the blank page, caring for his son Maiko and fantasizing about the one thing that keeps him going: the Uruguayan girl he met at a conference several months back and who he has plans to see on his day trip to Montevideo.

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