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

Eileen Pollack
Human Parts
Published in
7 min readMay 13, 2020

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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
Human Parts

Eileen is the author, most recently, of Maybe It's Me: On Being the Wrong Kind of Woman