By Katrin Schumann
Editors often see projects at radially different stages of development. Truthfully, we sometimes see writing that is really, well, bad.
But does this mean it’s hopeless? When do you know if something is too "bad" to be worth fixing?
Of course, "bad" is a highly subjective term. Writing might seem "bad" to one reader, while another reader loves it
December 2, 2020 | Katrin Schumann
By Katrin Schuman
All writers are a crazy mixture of egotistical, manic, single-minded, optimistic on the one hand and sensitive, catastrophizing, scattered and pessimistic on the other - at least all the ones I know. How do we live and produce work in a world filled with such extremes? Especially now when our political and physical reality is so chaotic?
October 8, 2020 | Katrin Schumann
Are you finding it hard to write? We live in deeply unsettling times, and it's easy to get distracted by all that's going on in the world. Here's a brief list of ideas to jumpstart your writing and help you get out of your own head for a moment:
1) Apply to a writing contest. Years and years ago, I won a local short story prize, and it gave me the confidence I needed to keep plugging away at my writing
September 2, 2020 | Katrin Schumann
During this time when our normal writing routines (alongside most other routines!) have been disrupted, we’re sharing short videos designed to help us all get unstuck, move forward, or find a new direction for our writing projects.
In Episode 6 of our "Write On Prompts" video series, GrubStreet Board Member Jennifer De Leon shares a prompt about how to find inspiration from other writers that she used to help write her novel Don't Ask Me Where I'm From. You see can Jennifer in conversation with Celeste Ng Tuesday, August 18th at Porter Square Books at 7pm, and you ...
August 17, 2020 | Info
I'm amazed by writers who stop reading in their genre while writing their own books. The majority of them seem to be worried about becoming overly influenced by the voice, themes and even plot of the book they're reading.
Personally, I can't imagine not reading fiction for the many years it takes me to complete a novel. And in terms of being influenced: I'm actively looking for inspiration and ideas. I want to be influenced.