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It’s a madcap, free-ranging episode where we go from figuring out how to get your important work done (and quit doom-scrolling through your phone) to embracing that same phone for its best use: nourishing conversations with the people you love and then launch into some...

Not everybody wants an author hanging around their office all day. Our guest is a best-selling education writer Jeff Selingo, already an expert on college and higher education who took that one step further for his latest: Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College...

KJ’s plotting a new novel, and burying herself in books about plot and structure and what makes a story satisfying—both because she loves those books, and because they get her creative subconscious to start talking. #AmWriting Supporters, click here to listen--or click here to learn more...

Every writer daydreams about writing the Next Big Thing. Who among us hasn’t wished to stumble on the foolproof formula for success? As it happens, there are a few intrepid authors who have taken it upon themselves to analyze what makes a piece of work into...

  This week we talk to Maria Konnikova about her new book, The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win. After a series of devastating health and financial setbacks, Konnikova, a former New Yorker staffer whose other books include Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock and The Confidence Game: Why...

  Hey all—this week, a special mini episode on diversity in sources for non-fiction work, from light-hearted articles on favorite baby food flavors to seriously researched pieces for high-profile outlets. BIPOC, non-binary and women are outweighed by white men when it comes to who gets quoted...

  Sometimes, we fiction writers need to know things about our characters. Make that all times. So, we can sometimes go a little nutso with that, creating deep backgrounds for our protagonists and secondary or even tertiary characters. As Tabitha King told her husband, maybe you need...

How do you become a science writer? What if you didn’t even think you liked science as a kid? What if, instead of “serious journalism”, you spent the first half of your career covering celebrities and royals, even becoming the London Bureau Chief for People...

Beginnings are so exciting, but sometimes that excitement can overshadow organization. But I (Jess here) promise, every minute spent organizing at the beginning will save so much time over the long run. If you organize your research, citations, and resources from early on, you won’t...