Writer's block isn't real 😮
Today's guest is thriller author Nina Sadowsky.
What if you re-conceptualized writer’s block not as an obstacle, but as simply part of your process?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: there’s no single, right way to write. Whatever works for you is your right process. And if the words just don’t flow on a particular day in the way you wanted or expected them to, that’s OK, too.
Writing is an art, and inspiration will ebb and flow.
What’s often more important to focus on is discipline — committing to yourself and carving out the time for your craft. Writing is a skill that you only develop by doing.
In today’s interview, author Nina Sadowsky tells us her take on the ever-discussed enigma of writer’s block.
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What is the most memorable writing tip or technique that you have heard, and how did it influence your process?
My writing is fueled by rage — I become angry about a societal issue or injustice and that is almost always at the heart of a new idea. Therefore, I guess my tip is write about things about which you feel passionate (or angry).
Also great advice I've adopted from another writer in response to notes: When getting notes, remember the note-giver may be the patient who identifies where something hurts, but as the writer, you are the doctor who has to decide the cure.
How do you personally get over writer's block?
I don't believe in writer's block. I believe in showing up to write at the times I've scheduled for myself to write and honoring that time, whether I get 10 words down or 10,000. Sometimes not knowing where to go next in a draft is a function of not having asked oneself enough questions, so if I find myself stuck in that way, I delve into more questions about character and theme as a way of sorting out those next beats.
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How did you get your literary agent? What was the querying process like for you?
While I didn't know literary agents when I wrote my first book, I had 20+ years of experience in film and TV, so I knew people who knew people. I only queried a couple of literary agents (after friends made introductions) and I signed with Emma Sweeney who repped me until she retired and sold her business to Folio Literary (where I am repped now).
What is one thing you wish you had known about the publishing process before going through it yourself?
I wish I had known how much marketing effort by the author is required in launching a book. It's a whole other job! Some of it can be fun, but it's also exhausting.
What is one piece of advice you would give to a writer who aspires to be published?
Follow your instincts and don't try to chase the market (which is ever changing). Write what you feel compelled to write about and trust your authentic voice. Craft can be learned but voice is innate.