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Write About Now features in-depth interviews with successful writers of all types and stripes—journalists, screenwriters, novelists, ghostwriters, and more. Host, Jonathan Small, takes a deep dive into how writers master their craft, offering tips, inspiration, and laughs for both aspiring andRead more

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How to Unlock Your Creativity

Nov 30 • 51:41

There’s a lot the songwriting process can teach you about writing, even if you aren’t interested in music. This week, author, professor and journalist Mike Errico joins the podcast to talk about stepping outside of your genre and unleashing your creativity. He details some of the useful tips all writers can glean from his book Music, Lyrics, and Life: A Field Guide for the...

How One Mysterious Murder Is Still Haunting Hollywood 100 Years Later

Nov 22 • 53:25

The 1920s was a time of glitz, glamour, and… celebrity murder scandals? Joining Jon as this week’s guest for the podcast is Michael Schulman, a staff writer at The New Yorker. Michael recounts the fascinating story behind his piece “Fatty Arbuckle and the Birth of the Celebrity Scandal”, which covers the murder of Virginia Rappe. Now a century later, Jon and Michael discus...

What Your Fitness Instructor and Charles Manson Have in Common

Nov 16 • 56:23

What do Soulcycle, QAnon and Charles Manson all have in common? Well, they're all related to cults. For this exciting episode, listen in as author and linguist Amanda Montell takes a deep dive into the cult-ish language we see in our day-to-day lives. She should know: She's the author of the critically-acclaimed book Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism and hosts a podcast ...

Interesting Ways to Write About Your Life

Nov 9 • 54:34

From the outside, it may seem like the memoir genre is reserved for writers with the most storied lives. But memoir author Sue William Silverman thinks everyone has a story worth telling. In this week’s episode, Jon and Sue talk about the process of writing a memoir, and how unlocking the senses is key to writing an engaging story. Sue details the development of some of he...

Can’t Make the Time to Write? Here’s How Some of Your Favorite Writers Do It

Nov 2 • 46:22

Author Mason Currey knows that for most writers, the biggest obstacle to writing is making the time to write. After getting interested in the routines of famous artists who do manage to find the time to create consistently, he began cataloguing their daily habits and routines. His books Daily Rituals: How Artists Work and Daily Rituals: Women at Work delve into the helpful...

A Chilling True Crime Story from Rural Canada

Oct 26 • 49:50

When an early-morning house fire killed Monica, Sandi, Gordon Klaus, and their chocolate lab Keela, police wrote it off as a tragic accident. But after finding bullet casings and gas cans, they suspected foul play. Detectives were brought in, and they soon began to uncover a bizarre murder plot you have to hear to believe. Guest Jana G. Pruden is an acclaimed crime writer ...

How Sampling Completely Transformed Music

Oct 18 • 01:10:12

Nate Patrin is a music journalist and author of the fascinating book Bring That Beat Back:How Sampling Built Hip-Hop. On the pod, he talks about the history of music sampling from the early days of block parties in the Bronx to the dominant role it plays in all of popular music today. We look at the controversy and legal battles surrounding sampling, and how this techniqu...

Surprising Facts About George Washington You Probably Didn’t Know

Oct 12 • 39:59

It’s no easy task to follow in the footsteps of George Washington. But author Nathaniel Philbrick did just that — albeit 229 years later. For his latest book Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy, Nathaniel followed George Washington’s 1789 tour of the country and pieces together the story of how one man traveled to 13 colonies in an effort to underst...

Playing Hardball with Chris Matthews

Oct 5 • 01:13:59

Most people would know Chris Matthews as the TV personality behind the show Hardball with Chris Matthews, but few may realize that before Chris graced the screen, he was a big-time writer. In this episode, I talk to the political commentator and journalist about his life and the stories he’s detailed in his recent memoir This Country: My Life in Politics and History. Chris...

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Sep 29 • 01:07:07

A.J. Jacobs is a self-described human guinea pig. The New York Times-bestselling author’s curiosity has led him to write about some his wacky adventures, like reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica for his memoir The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World and to thank everyone involved in making his cup of coffee for his newest b...

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