First Draft with Sarah Enni

First Draft Episode #208: David Yoon

David Yoon, debut author of Frankly in Love, talks about how writing a rom-com turned into writing about his greatest fears; portraying aspirational male friendships; and working to be able to write from a place of unconditional love.

Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode


  • The addictions of writers like Truman Capote and Gertrude Stein are often romanticized. In Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert tackles the masculine language of pain and suffering surrounding art, dispelling the myth that writers need those things to be creative
  • When David watched Frozen, he wanted to know what happened with the parents


  • David’s favorite advice is from Margaret Atwood: “Read, read, read. Write, write, write.” He adds: Go to therapy.

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Category:Literature -- posted at: 11:14am PDT