Author Profile: Cal Newport

We can learn a lot from other writers. The techniques they use, the stories they tell—they’re all things we can bring into our own writing toolkit. In my new Write like a Writer series I’ll be looking at the styles and practices of successful authors to see what we can learn from the people who do it well.

First up, it’s bestselling author Cal Newport.

As a computer science professor at Georgetown University, you might not expect Cal Newport to be a good writer. But it turns out he’s a real all-rounder: as well as working on academic research he’s also written six bestselling books on technology, productivity and the way we work. His latest book, Digital Minimalism, was a New York Times bestseller.

So how did a computer scientist learn to write like a writer?

By telling stories