Author Nick Dybek & Magic Beans: useful terrible words, ironic singing, created experiences-Ep.13

A 60-minute podcast in which Author Nick Dybek joins Kelsey to discuss the books that impacted him the most as a writer. He also shares his writing process, discusses his bad writing habits, and talks about the tenacity required to make it as a writer. Don’t miss it.

Nick’s debut novel, When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man, garnered a host of honors, including the Society of Midland Authors Adult Fiction Prize, making it as a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and one of Booklist’s ten best debuts of 2012.

Nick was in a couple of bands during his formative years. He discusses how his love for music impacts his writing style and process. He also answers my endless questions, including:

  • If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
  • What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
  • What are some of your bad writing habits?

Nick recommends that every writer read Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson.

  • Listen as he talks about why this book and what it means to him, as a writer.

Nick calls Revolutionary Road By Richard Yates an MFA in a novel. He talks about:

  • What made the story impactful to him as a writer.
  • he technique does the author uses well.
  • A moment from the book that stands out to him, even now.

Nick chats about his current project and-

  • What inspired it.
  • The process he went through.
  • How he knew when it was ready for the next step in the process.

Nick also discusses

  • His favorite literary journals.
  • Writing bad behaviors and quirks.