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The Draft

Why Endless Free Time Can Be a Curse for Creativity

If you want to write, give yourself some constraints — and, maybe, a day job

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This is The Draft, an advice column about writing and life from Eileen Pollack, former director of the University of Michigan MFA program. We’re here to answer your questions about storycraft, writing, and

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Eileen Pollack

Eileen Pollack

Eileen is the author, most recently, of The Professor of Immortality, A Perfect Life, and The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club.