This week, host Isaac Butler talks to crime novelist and TV writer Megan Abbott, who describes her creative-writing rituals, her go-to story structure, and the challenges of adapting one of her novels for television. After the interview, Isaac and co-host Rumaan Alam talk about the surprising origins of the terms story beat and character beat. Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.Podcast production by Cameron DrewsAnd if you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on Working. It’s only $35 for the first year, and you can get a free two-week trial now at slate.com/workingplus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Megan Abbott is the guest. Her latest novel, Dare Me, is due out in paperback from Reagan Arthur / Back Bay Books on August 27, 2013.
The New York Times Book Review raves
"Megan Abbott has [written]...The Great American Cheerleading Novel, and—stop scowling—it's spectacular.... Subversive stuff... Heathers meets Fight Club good."
And Entertainment Weekly calls it
"A psychologically astute thriller...Abbott's latest is not only a page-turning mystery—it's also a close look at teen girls' ferocious rivalries and intense bonds."
Monologue topics: mail, feminism, Adelle Waldman, Episode 195. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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