In this episode
In this episode, Jennie makes reference to Atul Gawande. Atul Gawande is a world-renowned brain surgeon, and yet he still invites his colleagues into the operating room to critique him. He talks about this experience in a piece in the New Yorker called “The Coach in the Operating Room" and how important it is to being open to getting better at what you do.
Everyone who wants to write a book needs to get over the idea that if you don’t do it alone, it’s not yours. Improving your story with help doesn’t mean that the story isn’t yours - it means you’re improving your craft, and you’re making your story the best it can be.
Learning how to execute your idea is key. Wit the emergence of self-publishing there are fewer barriers to entry, and lots of things are sold to writers under the guise of “Write a bestselling novel in 90 days!” or “Watch this bestselling author talk about their process!” or even NaNoWriMo - as inspiring as these things can be, and although there’s value in these things and they can be a good place to start- that is not how you write (and finish!) a good book.