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Sep 28, 2015

How Joe Berkowitz (Journalist and Fast Company Editor) Writes: Part One

Author and Fast Company Editor Joe Berkowitz stopped by the podcast this week. His latest, a humor book titled You Blew It!: An Awkward Look at the Many Ways in Which You’ve Already Ruined Your Life, lands this October. He took a break from his busy schedule to rap with me about how he survives the harried life of a big city journalist.


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In addition to his work for Fast Company, Joe’s writing has been featured in The Awl, Salon, The Village Voice, Vulture,,, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and many others.

For a writer who works on breakneck deadlines, and almost never gets a break from the writing life, he has some pretty solid advice for keeping the cursor moving.

Join us for this two-part interview.

In Part One of the file Joe Berkowitz and I discuss:

  • How a Bad Breakup Can Boost Your Productivity
  • When to Throw Out the Rule “All Killer, No Filler”
  • How to Build Your Writing Endurance
  • Don Draper’s Advice for Beating Writer’s Block
  • How Making Lists Can Help Your Head
  • The Magical Power of 4 AM Dementia

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