Kate Folk is the author of Out There, a story collection (Random House ‘22). She has written for publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, One Story, Granta, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and Zyzzyva. A recipient of a Stegner Fellowship in Fiction from Stanford University, she's also received support from MacDowell, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Originally from Iowa, she lives in San Francisco and is writing a novel. Writer Kate Folk discusses the importance of staying curious, respecting a story's will, and living in the future. Writing, Process, Time management, Failure, Success, Inspiration From a conversation with Shy Watson Highlights on Download as a PDF How do you start a project? It depends on the project. I'm working on a novel now, which started by taking a weird interest in something and circling around it. I think in the early stages, I like to do a lot of really rough draft brainstorming, trying to generate a lot of words, even though I know they're not going to be part of the final draft. I find first drafts challenging and, actually, I prefer the revision stage because it seems so daunting to create something out of nothing. My strategy for that is to pour as much content on the page as I can so that then I have something to work with and transform from there. […]
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