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Phoebe Robinson’s ASMR-Inspired, Diet Coke-Fueled Writing Process

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This is Rough Draft, where our favourite writers dig deep into their craft.

From preferred writing beverages to whether or not you really need to carry a notebook, we learn how they overcome writer’s block and get things done.Phoebe Robinson is unquestionably a jack-of-all-trades. She is a comedian, author, and multi-platform powerhouse.

Her meteoric rise began in 2016, when she and fellow comedian Jessica Williams launched the acclaimed podcast 2 Dope Queens, which spawned a two-season HBO series. You Can’t Touch My Hair, Robinson’s debut essay collection, was released the same year (And Other Things I Still Have to Explain). Her second book, Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay (which was recently shot as a pilot for Freeform in which Robinson both starred and wrote), was published two years later, solidifying her position as a New York Times Bestselling Author.

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Robinson will return to HBO on October 14 for her stand-up comedy special, Sorry, Harriet Tubman. Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in Your Outside Clothes, her latest essay collection, was released today under her imprint Tiny Reparations Books. The essays approach weighty, timely topics with Robinson’s trademark levity, ranging from the difficulties of quarantining with a boyfriend to why “self-care is not a candle and therapy is not a notebook.”

The prolific entertainer reflects on her writing process, which includes a few too many drinks and a lot of RuPaul quotes, in the video below.


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