DIY MFA Episode 138: Writing By Numbers— Interview with Ben Blatt

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This week, Gabriela Pereira hosts Ben Blatt on the show. Ben is the author of the No. 1 Amazon bestseller, Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve and in this interview he and Gabriela tackle major writing questions like:

  • Which authors use the most adverbs?
  • Do men and women write differently?
  • Have books gotten dumber over time?
  • What makes for an excellent opening sentence?

Here’s a secret no one ever tells you. The typical MFA (Master of Fine Arts) boils down to one simple formula:

Writing + Reading + Community = MFA

This means that to create a do-it-yourself version of the MFA, all you need to do is: write with focus, read with purpose, and build your community. Read on to learn more or use the menu above to explore each category. We’ve also highlighted some key DIY MFA articles below to help you get started.