#56 Doree Shafrir
Doree Shafrir knows Startup culture.
This is immediately obvious when reading her first novel, Startup, out now and gracing more and more must-read lists every week. It's laugh out loud funny as well as a well-observed critique of the tech culture we follow as closely as celebrity news these days. Doree and I spoke about Startup on the show, as well as her experience in the tech world at Buzzfeed and other places, her surprise at realizing she wanted to write a novel instead of a non-fiction book and much more. She's a smart cookie and I was thrilled to learn that she's already dreaming up more books so those who fall in love with Startup hopefully wont' have long to wait before we read more from her.
We also got into character, the ways it feels different to write fiction than journalism, writing a story from multiple character perspectives, and the blow by blow process of writing and selling Startup to a publisher. If you want to know what it's really like to sit down with an idea and turn it into a book, this is your episode.
Discussed in Episode 56 with Doree Shafrir:
How to make characters feel real
Doree's process of getting to know her characters
The ones that didn't make it into the book
The freedom of creating characters
How journalism helped create good characters
The movement from the euphoria of endless possibility to crafting the story
The difference between characters telling the story and the reader being inside the action
The decision to make the action happen now instead of as something that's remembered
Being surprised by the book being a novel instead of non-fiction
How the idea first showed up
Beginning with a side character to get into the world
Getting trapped in re-writing
Getting a multiple perspective structure right
Selling the book as a partial manuscript- the pros and cons
Writing a timely book, and the last minute edits when Vine disappeared
Getting input from 20-somethings
LA vs. NYC tech culture
The amusing cross-over between imaginary tech in the book and tech that appeared in real life
The cult of the introvert
Being over 30 in the tech world
A new book on the horizon, perhaps...