- - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Each November, writers of fiction and nonfiction celebrate The “National Novel Writing Month” (Tweeted as #NaNoWriMo) or “National Non-Fiction Writing Month” (#NaNonFiWriMo). Writers and would-be wordsmiths all over the world sit down at their keyboards, block out distractions (as much as possible), and produced text!

Some people may finish an entire project in that single month of November. But for the rest of us non-superheroes, writing a book takes a lot longer.

So here we are, six months later. Some of you emailed me back in November to say you were jumping in and starting that book you’ve been thinking of for too long. Well, how is the progress going?

We had some extra interviews in the vault last fall that we held back in order to bring them out now, as a form of mid-year writer’s encouragement.

With that in mind, today we hear from Thomas Lake, and award-winning journalist and the enterprise writer for CNN. Lake started young and is still young—but he has produced a lot of fantastic non-fiction writing in a very short period of time. Lake shares his thoughts on the craft of writing, the importance that reading had on his early development as a writer, and how he often sees deeper stories to investigate from the everyday headlines of the newspaper.

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