How Novelist and Prolific Podcaster Brad Listi Writes
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Bestselling author and prolific lit interviewer Brad Listi was named One of LA s most fascinating people of 2015 by the LA Weekly. He stopped by to chat with me about podcasting and the secrets of successful writers.

On his “in depth and inappropriate” podcast, Otherppl with Brad Listi, he has interviewed over 350 leading contemporary authors — including George Saunders, Cheryl Strayed, Tao Lin, Jonathan Lethem, Austin Kleon, and Susan Orlean — and his takeaways for writers are often priceless and pointed.

In addition to his street-cred as a bestselling novelist, Brad is a screenwriter, and the founder and publisher of The Nervous Breakdown, an online culture magazine and literary community.

In this file Brad Listi and I discuss:

  • Why Interviews with Beginners Can Be More Interesting Than Interviews with Superstars
  • The Magic of Deadlines, Caffeine, and Word Counts
  • Why First Drafts are Like Ironing a Shirt
  • The Importance of Meditation for ‘Unplugging’
  • How Great Writers Capture a Moment That Others Can’t
  • 3 Key Takeaways from over 350 Interviews with Writers

The Show Notes

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