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Susan Moran lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she is a freelance writer covering energy development, climate science, environmental health, business and other issues. She writes for The Economist, The New York Times and Nature, and her work has also appeared in Marie Claire, High Country News, Newsweek, The Daily Climate and other publications. Susan also co-hosts a weekly science show on KGNU community radio, called "How On Earth." Before untethering as a freelancer, Susan worked as a senior editor at Business 2.0 magazine, a reporter and editor at Reuters (Tokyo, New York, Silicon Valley), and staff writer at the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for the 2009-10 academic year. Susan has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, a master's degree in Asian studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in environmental studies from UC Santa Cruz.

2 responses to “A Procrastinator’s Creativity Rush”

  1. Adria Perez

    I am, and always have been,a “burster-forther.” I find, though, that this strategy only works when I have built the foundation of a piece. I’ve done research, interviewed, made some notes, and the work has been percolating in my head. I’ve not put a dang word on the screen yet, but my mind has done the scaffolding by the time I sit down and burst forth. If I had to start from scratch on something, however, I definitely, without a doubt, would not be able to do it. You?

  2. Susan Moran

    Thanks much for your thoughtful comment. I’m the same way. The 11th-hour creative burst only comes when I’ve done the scaffolding first. Onward we burst!

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