Episode 280

The Writing Process of a Best-Selling Author with Leigh Bardugo

December 21, 2021

What is the process of writing a book? In this episode, Leigh Bardugo, the New York Times bestselling author of Ninth House and the creator of the Shadow and Bone trilogy (now a Netflix original series) shares her approach to book writing. Leigh and Emily discuss different steps in the creative process, how to keep doing the work after receiving recognition, and what it’s like to adapt a book into a TV series for the world to enjoy.

Episode Transcript
"Creating is a process of failing a little every day, dispersed with these little moments of feeling like you’re a creative genius."
- Leigh Bardugo

Discussed in this Episode

  • Leigh’s journey into becoming an author
  • How feelings of failure and discomfort can lead to great pieces of work
  • Leigh’s writing process approach
  • What the creative journey looks like and how to capture inspiration as an author
  • Tools and rituals Leigh uses in her writing process approach
  • Doing what you need to do in order to continue creating, even when it isn’t fun
  • How it feels to release a piece of writing into the world that becomes a film adaptation

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