Posted on April 30, 2024 at 1:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Two deep dives on challenges that face authors and how they interact with creativity came across our desk this morning.

One is an excerpt from A Body Made of Glass: A Cultural History of Hypochondria by Caroline Crampton.

The passage, available at Literary Hub, addresses some famously health-anxious authors across time and speculates a bit about what their creative pursuits have to do with their medical lives.

The other piece is a strictly modern-day dilemma: artificial intelligence.

While there are many very real concerns about what AI means for writers' careers and copyrighted materials, some authors — 13 percent, according to one poll — do use it as a tool for their craft.

NPR spoke with some authors who have dabbled in AI to find out how much (or little) it has helped so far.

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