Hunker Down and Write!

By Katrin Schumann

I've had a hard time writing these last few months, and yet I've written a lot. Many writers and artists are wondering "What's the point?"-- and I've fallen into that trap many a day. Who cares about my little imaginary drama when real life dramas are playing out in such astonishing ways? 

When there's political and cultural upheaval, some artists are galvanized, and some are overwhelmed.

February 2, 2017 | Katrin Schumann

Does Writing Advice Work for You?

By Katrin Schumann

Do you hole up in near seclusion like Jonathan Franzen to create your opus? Do you use social media for ideas and encouragement? Do you read fiction while you write fiction? Where do you find your inspiration and your will to carry on in spite of the self-doubt? Do you search for answers in what other fiction writers do?

Ultimately, the only thing that matters is what works for you.

December 7, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

A Writer’s Search for Productivity and Flow

By Katrin Schumann

When we have time to write—hours upon hours of uninterrupted time—do we get more done? Are we happier? The answer may seem obvious, but think again. 

Books on productivity are big business. They tell us we need will power

October 5, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

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How to Survive Submitting Your Writing to Editors

Sharing new work is always agonizing. There's just no way around it. But here are some ideas so you survive the process:


1. Articulate your goal

Are you looking for deep revisions? Help with a particular issue? A pat on the back? Granular, sentence level work? Do you need someone gentle or can you handle someone who goes straight for the problem areas? It's important to articulate your goals clearly--your professional goals and your emotional needs

July 6, 2016 | Katrin Schumann

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Space: The Final Frontier (of Writing)

I am relatively new to this trench warfare called writing. I think I know what an inciting incident is, but unlike most seasoned authors I have been perplexed by passive voice. Reading about writing is essential for starting out (thanks, GrubStreet blog) but sometimes, I’ve discovered, the best way to learn a good lesson is to fail all on my own. This is how I discovered the importance of finding the right space to write in.

April 1, 2016 | Megan Davidson

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