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How to Know When It’s Time to Abandon a Creative Project

“It’s all about the spark.”

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Episode Notes

On this edition of Working Overtime, hosts Karen Han and June Thomas reply to a listener named Jamey, who thinks it might be time to abandon a novel-writing project. Karen and June first discuss projects they’ve walked away from and share what drove them to that decision. Then they discuss ways to salvage the best parts of a failed project to use on the next one.

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Podcast production by Kevin Bendis and Cameron Drews

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About the Show

Slate interviews Americans about their jobs.

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Hosts

  • Karen Han is a former Slate staff writer. Her writing on film, TV, and culture has also appeared in the New York Times, Vulture, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, and Vice.

  • June Thomas is senior managing producer of Slate podcasts.