Taking the Slow Road: An Interview with Author Katherine Heiny

A post about the writing life…and the journey of one woman to develop her craft.

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Sari Botton | Longreads | February 2015 | 14 minutes (3,683 words)

Ed. note: Katherine Heiny will be in conversation with Sari Botton at McNally Jackson in New York on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

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In the fall of 1992, I found myself very much affected by “How to Give the Wrong Impression,” a short story in the September 21 issue of The New Yorker about a twentysomething psych grad student who’s trying hard to seem satisfied keeping things platonic between her and her handsome roommate.

To begin with, I had a lot in common with the protagonist, more than I’d have wanted to admit at the time. I was in my twenties, too—27 to be exact—newly divorced from the second person I’d ever so much as dated, and most importantly, I was very busy trying to seem satisfied keeping things platonic with a rakish “friend.”…

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#Read about Guest #Author Katy Haye

The Journey starts here…

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kate-thomsonTake a trip into my imaginary worlds – no passport, visa or vaccination requirements; all welcome, stay as long as you like.

I’ve never had any doubt that I was supposed to spend my life telling stories because I’ve always had people in my head narrating them. This isn’t sinister, Stephen King/M. Night Shyamalan The-Voices-Made-Me-Do-It territory, it’s just like having a play or a movie running permanently in my head. Any time “real” life isn’t commanding my attention I tune into my imaginary worlds and watch a scene while my characters argue or agree, encounter obstacles and wrestle with plot twists, then watch as it runs again with different motivations, or in a different time and place. Once I’m happy the scene is right, I write it down – and then have to wrangle with how to make what appears on paper match the performance in my head.

Fortunately, there’s…

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What Can You Do To Help Your Author?

An intuitive approach…will stick on my door. Thanks Charles

Legends of Windemere

The Shining The Shining

I had goals before the storms hit.  Nothing major.  Write a chapter section or two.  Review an outline.  Hash out an idea or three.  Schedule some promos.  All within the realm of possibilities.  After all, a day of snow or a holiday doesn’t keep me home from work.  I shouldn’t be falling behind in my goals . . . Oh yeah, I don’t live alone.  There are other people here and disruptions in their schedules means a disruption in mine.

That’s the ‘danger’ of not having an office at home and still wanting to get work done.  You rely on others to stay out of your way and keep some things under control.  For example, one would expect another adult to entertain the kid after you request some time to check your email, respond to blog comments, or do a little work.  Some people don’t really let this…

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Writing Prompt # 35

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Once in a while it is okay to take a break and relax. Living is the thing that helps us to keep up with the work and be more productive.

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Today I encourage you to do something different, i.e. go on an adventure.

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W.P. # 35 Go on an adventure.

Writing Prompt # 33

At some point in our lives we’ve heard a tale or two.

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Or as a child were warned against going with strangers.

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But now we’re older and wiser. And talking to strangers, foreigners are not always as scary as they are cracked up to be.

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Or are they?

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W.P. # 33 Write about a stranger. Or foreigner.

Writing Prompt # 32

The world used to seem so vast.

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Now people can find the stuff they like, love in other places.

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How about you?

Your characters?

Where have you travelled? What familiar things have you found?

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W.P. # 32 Write about a place you’ve been to or something familiar you’ve discovered in a strange place.

Writing Prompt # 30

Except that superheroes have weaknesses. That need to be studied. Cured or overcome.

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In your strange, new world (the one you created yesterday) what sort of medical advances are there, and how can you assist people?

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W.P. # 30 Write about a medical advancement that in the future will save people.

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