I'm Alisa Kwitney--former DC Comics editor, multi-published author of novels and graphic novels and writing instructor. Ask Me Anything about writing, editing and defeating the dreaded writer's block.
My first YA novel Cadaver & Queen just came out last month--at the same time as my DC Comics miniseries, Mystik U. This makes me sound fairly successful and prolific--but the truth is, I wrote both projects after a long battle with writer's block. Even though I've had some great reviews (The School Library Journal called Cadaver & Queen "a page turner from start to finish" and io9 voted Mystik U one of the top 15 comics of 2017) I've also been derailed by comments from the harshest of critics--some external (how can a reader named pug lover be so severe?) and some internal (maybe I never had it. Or maybe I had it, but then I lost it).
Using Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset, I've learned to shift focus so I don't get stuck. Ask me anything about writing, writer's block, or how I got Neil Gaiman to sit down and write the Norse Mythology book (it took seven years).
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