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The co-creator and co-writer of the #1 international hit podcast Welcome to Night Vale and New York Times bestselling co-author of the novel of same name, Jeffrey Cranor, dropped by the show to talk about the importance of collaboration, deadlines, and bad writing.

In addition to producing and touring with the theater ensemble The New York Neo-Futurists, the playwright and author tours with live shows for the Night Vale Presents production banner, co-created with Joseph Fink.

Night Vale Presents now produces four podcasts that regularly sit at the top of the charts — including Within the Wires, also created by the author — and recently published two volumes of episode transcripts that include extras for fans of their original show.

Welcome to Night Vale has been described as “NPR meets The Twilight Zone,” a sci-fi broadcast about a small desert community where strange mythologies abound, and all conspiracy theory is potentially real.

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In Part One of this file Jeffrey Cranor and I discuss:

  • Why writing collaboratively can help you become less “precious” about your work
  • How a hit podcast producer and novelist divides his time
  • An author’s comforts in coffee and sports talk radio
  • Why the law of averages says you won’t always find the words
  • The importance of building a platform and setting a deadline for publishing

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