By Katrin Schumann
I'm deep in the throes of writing a new book. My first novel The Forgotten Hours came out in 2019, and my second one, This Terrible Beauty (which I actually wrote first) was published a year later. I also have a novel-in-a-drawer... and a bunch of nonfiction books and collaborations.
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?
Want to stay connected to your writing this fall? Look no further than our new batch of October workshops. Whether you want to produce fresh work by tackling six stories in six weeks, make the blank page less scary by outlining your novel, or write a genre-bending memoir, we've got a remote workshop for you:
- Writing Transgender and Non-Binary Characters, starting October 1st
- 6 Weeks, 6 Stories, starting October 2nd
- Science Fiction and Fantasy: Remix!, starting October 3rd
- The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle The Master's House: Political Poetry, starting October 7th
- The Novel Outline, starting ...
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.
By Katrin Schumann
For those of you reading this who haven't yet published your first book, I'm sure you've dreamed about your book launch. You'll have thought about whether to go big or small, have it at a bookstore, in an event space, bar or library, and who you hope might turn up (maybe even local media!).
There are a lot of misconceptions out there about launches - both the launch event itself and the "book tour" that happens afterwards. They're a bit like the three martini lunch which used to be common practice and underwritten by your ...