I’m about to crawl into my writing cave for a ten-day Ultra NaNo type thing but before I do, I want to point you in the direction of The Worried Writer podcast. Specifically the latest episode, which features a long, giggly interview with me.
I really enjoyed chatting to host and fellow writer Sarah Painter about all things writing. Some of the topics we talked about include:
- The name of my (fictional) self-help/productivity versus procrastination book, Don’t Start Until It’s Already Too Late.
- The benefits of being traditionally published and why I think that ultimately, neither self-publishing nor getting published offers control (Oooh, controversial!)
- Why I think I didn’t get a book deal until I deserved to – and what I was doing that made me feel like I finally did
- How I pitched a winning idea for Book 2 to my editor… without actually having an idea for Book 2
- Why if you claim that you only write for yourself but you’re also chasing publication, I’ll probably give you some side-eye…
- The MASSIVE, PARALYZING, COLD-SWEAT FEAR that prevented me from submitting my work for ages – and how I
pushed through itwas dragged through it by writer friends (and why it doesn’t stop when you get the deal – sorry!)
- Why luck can suck it
- What you need to tell yourself when someone tells you won’t or can’t achieve your dreams.
NB: This was recorded a few weeks ago and so I refer to the publication date of Distress Signals being in June. But it’s May now. MAY!
If you have a listen, do let me (and Sarah) know what you think in the comments below…