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Writers Ask: Writing Apps and Unlikeable Narrators

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In our last Writers Ask segment we talked about ways to jumpstart your work when you’re between projects or feeling listless, which included breaking out of old habits and giving yourself some prompts. This week, Tom goes a step further and dives into the weird world of writing-prompt apps, to see if a smartphone and a few bucks can buy inspiration. In our second segment, we’re joined by Lucas Mann, author of Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere, to answer some questions about the relative importance of “likeability” in nonfiction. Could you dislike the narrator of an essay and still love the essay? How do you write about your uglier impulses while making it clear you understand their ugliness?

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Author: mikeingram25

writer, editor

One thought on “Writers Ask: Writing Apps and Unlikeable Narrators

  1. I really enjoyed this one. The reviews for those writing prompt apps made me laugh, particularly that crazy Character Prompt one. The question of “unlikable” nonfiction narrators was interesting too, as (spoiler alert) you might be reading a (mostly) nonfiction book some time in the near future with a very, very creepy and disturbing narrative voice, so I’ll be interested to see how you react to it and if the “nonfiction” aspects of the book affect your reading of it.

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