Libba Bray On Discovering A Sense Of Place In The World


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Curious to discover how to productively take feedback to help you reach your writing goals? Or how to know when it's time to let go of a project? Or strategies to help push yourself out of your comfort zone? How about ways to balance finances as an artist? We talk about it all and more with Libba Bray.

Libba is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gemma Doyle trilogy, the Michael L. Printz Award-winning Going Bovine, the L.A. Times Book Prize finalist Beauty Queens, and The Diviners series which includes the fourth and final book in the series, The King of Crows, out now!

In our conversation, Libba and I talk about what it was like living and surviving in NYC when she first moved from Texas and dive into her first love of playwriting and the realities of producing a play. We then get into some real talk about money planning in creative fields and how to make an income while still making time for your craft. We discuss how she began writing YA novels, the steps she took to learn the structure of a novel and discover her writing process, and how learning to receive and give feedback can help shape your writing style.

And later in the episode, we go into detail about knowing when it's time to move on from a project, I know there's a lot of listeners in our Facebook group who've been wondering about this, so pay special attention to Libba's experiences and advice and hopefully, it'll help guide you with your decision-making. We wrap up our conversation by discussing how to best work with your writing partners so it's a win-win relationship, and how writing has helped Libba to make sense of her place in the world.

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Head over to Libbas's shownotes page at to find the resources and books mentioned in her episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation.

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