Publicity is a huge part of publishing poetry. Last spring, the publisher sent me questions for a Q&A type interview. Now, the questions and my responses are posted at AN INTERVIEW WITH Katie Eberhart 2/23/2013 Reading this Q&A, I see places I would annotate or add to, like the question about writer’s block:
UC: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
KE: My main strategy is to deny the existence of writer’s block. But there are also a few tricks – call them writing prompts, or not – like reading poetry and writing a conversation with the poet, or riffing on a sentence or phrase that you deleted from something else, or pose (and answer) a question like “what if scents had names like colors?”
Also, I like writing micro-scenes—a few lines or couple sentences, not too onerous—that might become starting points, or nodes, for future projects.
I wonder now at the possible connection between “writer’s block” and procrastination. During some bouts of procrastination (was it really “writer’s block”?), I began learning to play the accordion . . . a nice use of non-writing time and surely somehow helpful when I started writing and revising again.
. . . and I started a Facebook page where I’ll post upcoming events like the “conversation between poems and music” at Vagabond Blues in Palmer, Alaska, Saturday September 21 at 7:00 pm. Music will be by the Northern Aurora Flute Ensemble and I’ll be reading from Unbound: Alaska Poems.
(Of course, I hope all of you will consider “Liking” my Facebook page!)
I hope to see all my Palmer and Matanuska Valley friends at Vagabond Blues, Sept. 21st!
Take care all,