Podcast Episode 121: A Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Writing Process

Feb 22, 2014 | Podcasts

In The Loop with Andy Andrews, hosted by David Loy.

On this week’s episode, I discuss my creative process for writing even in the midst of rejection.   


The greatest book ever written is in somebody’s drawer somewhere.

  • They put it out there, it got turned down a few times, and they decided to put it away.
  • Gone With the Wind was rejected 34 times.


Part of my creative process is to do battle with myself quickly.

  • I try not to let wondering if something is working drag me downhill.
  • Publishers told me The Traveler’s Gift did not have a desirable plot and that writing good books takes effort and talent.
  • After 51 rejections from professionals, the book has been successful for over 10 years.


You can either take their word and live according to their opinion, or you can reject it and look for people who are wiser in the area where you are heading.

  • For most successful writers, it takes a great deal of work and almost a formula to help with the writing process.
  • I’m not fired up the whole time that I’m working on a book.
  • It is a very slow process for me. 


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