What Writers Do in Times of Crisis
Apr 01, 2020
I sat down to write this post and have now written four openings and ditched them all.
Research While Writing: Handle With Care!
Mar 04, 2020
Today, March 4, is the official Boston launch of my second novel, This Terrible Beauty.
Is Productivity Always Good for Writers?
Feb 05, 2020
How long does it really take to write a book? From beginning the first draft to seeing it on bookshelves?
It's the New Year! Some Writerly Resolutions
Jan 01, 2020
Last year, I didn't make any New Year's resolutions.
What I Learned from Editing
Dec 04, 2019
In the past few years, I've done an enormous amount of editing.
Insider Advice from Newly Published Authors
Nov 06, 2019
The first time you publish a book, it’s a pretty surreal experience.
On the Virtues & Vices of Being a "Pantser" vs a "Plotter"
Oct 02, 2019
I write a lot, more true than this list even makes it sound, because so, so, SO much of my writing goes nowhere.
Ten Writing Rules That Will Improve Your Life
Sep 04, 2019
Stick to a daily word count. Take more writing classes. Write twenty more queries. Yada Yada.
How to Survive Writing a Book: The Rollercoaster of Engagement
Aug 07, 2019
It recently occurred to me that writing a first draft is not unlike revitalizing a room.
How to Know When to Quit Your Novel
Jul 03, 2019
Last year, I was thinking a lot about this question as it relates to writing: When is it okay to give in and give up?
Rules for Writing Good Fiction
May 08, 2019
In the most recent New Yorker, Teddy Wayne wrote an article called “Eight Rules for Writing Fiction.” Wayne’s rules got me thinking of my own personal version of his eight rules.
Snapshots of a Book Launch: Part 2
Apr 03, 2019
What’s launching your book really like?
Snapshots of a Book Launch: Part 1
Mar 06, 2019
What's launching your book really like?
The Truth about Book Readings
Feb 06, 2019
When we think about launching our books, we dream of doing readings (among other things like catching sight of our books in airports, and, of course, getting on bestseller lists), but in this day and age why are readings still so important to us?
Writers are Thieves--When Do They Go Too Far?
Jan 16, 2019
When writing the fiction of violence, Katrin Schumann finds that there are no easy answers about how to get it right. This article first appeared in CrimeReads.
Countdown to Launch!
Jan 04, 2019
What's it's really like for authors in the months before launching a new book into the marketplace?
Your #1 Secret Weapon: Writing Communities
Jan 02, 2019
Starting from Scratch: Staring Down the Blank Screen
Nov 07, 2018
What happens when, after a long time writing and editing, you once again find yourself at the beginning of an entirely new project?
Is it Time to Re-Assess Your Writing Habits?
Oct 03, 2018
Sometimes change is good.
When Stumbling on a Book Can Change Your LIfe
Sep 18, 2018
When finding an inspiring book gives you courage to keep going with your own nutty ideas.