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Introducing Drafting the Past

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I so appreciate this podcast. I wish it had existed when I was in grad school.

Bathsheba Demuth

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Megan Kate Nelson: So the question really was, what is it about this gig that I enjoyed the most? And the answer to that question was writing.

Davarian Baldwin: You know, in a way, you know, I talk about writing like a contact sport. It’s dynamic. It’s something that you have to compel, convince people to come along with you for this ride.

Zachary Schrag: I think that most scholarly history writing is neither as bad nor as good as a lot of people think. People write these caricatures, Oh, yeah, those scholars, they’re dry as dust, and really not.

Kate Carpenter: Welcome to Drafting the Past, a podcast devoted to the craft of writing history. I’m your host, Kate Carpenter. And in each episode, I’ll talk to a historian about everything from when and where they do their writing,

Zachary Schrag: it’s certainly a lot easier to get a lot of words on the page when I’ve got the full day to do it.

Bathsheba Demuth: I get up in the morning, and I go for a run, which is where 90% of the actual thinking about writing happens.

Davarian Baldwin: Even to this day, I’m more productive in a dense, noisy coffee shop environment

Kate Carpenter: to how — or if — they stay organized

Bathsheba Demuth: The books I just rely on muscle memory to find them in whichever pile I have left them.

Megan Kate Nelson: I mean, this sounds familiar to anyone who’s writing a book you have massive, massive note files for chapters.

Zachary Schrag: I turned to Scrivener, kind of in desperation

Kate Carpenter: to their sources of inspiration.

Megan Kate Nelson: But I think some of the most interesting experiments with narrative style are happening on television right now.

Davarian Baldwin: I read a ton of novels, and my favorite kind of novels are science, speculative, and police procedurals.

Kate Carpenter: For more great conversations about writing all kinds of history, subscribe to Drafting the Past now wherever you get your podcasts so you won’t miss a single episode.

Bathsheba Demuth: I so appreciate this podcast. I wish it had existed when I was in grad school. And I felt like there were all these things we talked about all the time and like how to sit down and write was not one of them.

Kate Carpenter: Find us at draftingthepast.com and on Twitter and Instagram @draftingthepast. Happy writing!

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