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Jun 6, 2016

How Bestselling Debut Novelist Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney Writes: Part One

Instant New York Times bestselling author of The Nest, Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, spoke with me about her life before fiction and how she gets words on the page.

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Ms. Sweeney’s winding journey to bestselling author began with a journalism degree and lead to a career in Marketing Communications as a freelance copywriter and editor.

Her debut novel was a huge hit with critics and readers alike and skyrocketed onto bestseller lists. Most fascinating is that Cynthia penned the novel as a recent BFA graduate and then sold it in a seven-figure publishing deal … at the age of 54.

The Nest has been described as “… an acutely perceptive …. novel about four adult siblings and the fate of their shared inheritance…” and bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert called it, “A masterfully constructed, darkly comic, and immensely captivating tale.”

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In Part One of the file Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney and I discuss:

  • How a Failed Short Story Became a Bestselling Book
  • The Difference Between Copywriting and Fiction
  • Why Writers Need to Eliminate Distractions
  • The Double-edged Sword of Working from Home
  • How to Avoid the Impostor Syndrome of a Big Writing Project

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