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Feb 8, 2016

How Bestselling Author Maria Konnikova Writes

New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker columnist, Maria Konnikova, took a beat from her hectic schedule to talk with me about her new book and the writer’s process.

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Her latest book — The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time — examines the psychology of the con, and The New York Times Book Review wrote, “Konnikova … is an insightful analyst of the dark art of the scam.”

As Forbes describes the book, “One of the best science writers of our time examines the minds, motives, and methods of con artists — and the people who fall for their cons.”

In addition to her past work as a TV producer for Charlie Rose, Ms. Konnikova has contributed countless articles and essays for The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate, The Paris Review, The Wall Street Journal, WIRED, and Scientific American, among many others.

In this file Maria Konnikova and I discuss:

  • How to Avoid Writer’s Block
  • Why a Standing Desk Isn’t for Everyone
  • How to Simplify Your Research & Writing Process
  • Why Writing Is Hard … Just Like Any Other Job
  • The Author’s Definition of Creativity

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