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Start With This
The creators of Welcome to Night Vale Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink believe the only bad writing is not writing. Start With This is a podcast gone creativity playground designed to put your ideas in motion. Each episode centers around a writing topic. Then they give listeners two short assignments: something to consume and something to create. Make something—anything. Then make something else.
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4.6 stars from 274 ratings
So helpful and inspiring!
I’ve loved Nightvale and Alice Isn’t Dead for ages. Getting writing insights from the geniuses behind those works has been insanely helpful. Every writer, podcaster and artist should listen!
11Leonora1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/09/20
I’m a big fan of Night Vale and now a big fan of this show. The hosts talk intelligently about a wide range of topics related to creativity and the writing process, and they do so very well. I highly recommend this podcast.
JoeMcCauley via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/08/20
i love this show
Intelligent, useful and well delivered content that provides a range of possibilities for that challenging, exciting, scary, overwhelming moment when i have an idea and a desire to bring it to fruition, but...where to start, how to start, how not to talk myself into a state of paralyzing...Read full review »
Megsmannn via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 01/25/20
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