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The Time it Takes & What is Done? with Kasey LeBlanc, Shalene Gupta, and Sara Shukla.

The Time it Takes & What is Done? with Kasey LeBlanc, Shalene Gupta, and Sara Shukla.

From the "What's Holding You Back?" Writing Challenge Series

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We hear from two listeners’ questions today: The first worries about knowing if her book is ready enough to begin querying. What does “done” really feel and look like when writing a book? The second talks about an issue that hits home with a lot of writers, though many don’t speak about it: The time a single writing project takes to finish can feel overwhelming, but what about trying to launch a whole writing career? And what if loved ones are waiting eagerly for it to happen for you? What if their age means they can only wait so long? We’ve got authors Kasey LeBlanc (Flyboy), Shalene Gupta (The Cycle), and Sara Shukla (Pink Whales) to help us find some answers.

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Kasey LeBlanc (he / him) is a graduate of GrubStreet's Novel Incubator program, a contributor at WriterUnboxed, and the author of FLYBOY, his debut YA novel, which will be published by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins in May 2024. 

Shalene Gupta is a Boston-area writer and the author of THE CYCLE: Confronting the Pain of Periods and PMDD.

Sara Shukla is an editor for Cognoscenti, WBUR’s ideas and opinions page, a graduate of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator, and her novel PINK WHALES is publishing in June 2024 from Little A. 

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