Spicing Up Dry Writing

“It’s called a s—y first draft for a reason.”


Episode Notes

For this week’s episode of Working Overtime, hosts Isaac Butler and Karen Han answer a question from a listener named Anna, who wants to enliven her nonfiction work. Breaking through creative roadblocks can be challenging, but Isaac and Karen trade tricks, such as diagramming passages of your favorite writing and inventing weird rules to find a voice that fits your work.

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Podcast production by Kevin Bendis and Cameron Drews.


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