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Casey B Dolan on Writing: Judgement Develops Internal Fear Which is the Antithesis of Creativity

An Appetite for Peas“Don’t judge what you write, there are many, many people to do that for you, your judgement develops internal fear and fear is the antithesis of creativity.” This is the advice Casey B Dolan has for people aspiring to be writers.

In an interview for Get Your Book Published, Dolan said she constantly edited her book, An Appetite for Peas: On Fame, Blame and Whatsisname, and that every time she read through it she would change something. Eventually she had to “stop looking at it and hand it over to the editor for good: like a bad relationship; you have to know when to leave it alone and move on!”

1. From first draft, to published book, how much editing do you do?

A whole bunch. Every time I review the text I change something. In fact, I deleted the first 60 pages of my book and started again after my editor told me it was rocky…only because I agreed! I eventually, after say five full length reads, stop looking at it and hand it over to the editor for good: like a bad relationship; you have to know when to leave it alone and move on!

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