197: A Real Picture of the Working Author – Interview with Kate Greathead

Creative197: A Real Picture of the Working Author – Interview with Kate Greathead

197: A Real Picture of the Working Author – Interview with Kate Greathead

Hey there word nerds!

Today I have the pleasure of hosting debut novelist Kate Greathead on the show!

Kate is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in some pretty impressive places such as The New York Times and Vanity Fair, and she is a 9-time Moth Story Slam champion.

Her debut novel Laura & Emma takes place on the Upper East Side in New York City where Kate spent her formative years, though she currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the writer Teddy Wayne (who has appeared on DIY MFA Radio previously).

Listen in as we chat about this amazing book, and get an honest look at what being a working author really looks like.

In this episode Kate and I discuss:

  • The art of “stealing” your story’s structure.
  • Showing the bizarre of a normal setting with micro details.
  • Why you should craft a protagonist that makes readers cringe
  • Knowing when to use the bulldozer in your revision process.
  • Tips to deal with the pain of slashing out scenes.

Plus, Kate’s #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: DIYMFA.com/197

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