Bev Katz Rosenbaum has worked as an editor for publishers and magazines and taught writing at the college level. Currently, she toils as a freelance fiction editor for publishers and individuals, and writes children’s books. Her most recent release is the Orca Currents novel, Who is Tanksy?
Describe your workspace.
Is it a ‘workspace’ if it’s your dining room, LOL? I tried making a dedicated office space in a corner of my bedroom, but the light is so much nicer in the living room… (Canadian winters, man…)
Describe a typical workday.
In the past, I’ve only worked on my own stuff when I had a gap in editing work, but I’m trying to change that and work on my own stuff a little every day. I’m figuring out how to write effectively in short spurts. So I wake up, have breakfast, write for an hour or two, then switch to my editing work for the rest of the day. If it’s a teaching night (I run private writing workshops), I might squeeze some prep work in there too.
List three of your most favourite things in your workspace and why they are meaningful.
I’m a minimalist, but I have a pile of novels on the floor that are the books that influenced and inspired me the most. I’m counting the pile as one thing, LOL. I’ve also brought to the dining room office a copy of Modern Morsels, a McGraw-Hill Ryerson high school fiction and poetry anthology I edited. I’m as proud of this book as all the books I’ve written. My mandate was to make sure the contributors and pieces represented Canada in all its diversity. Last but not least, I always have a great pic of my kids nearby.
Do you have any rituals in your work habits?
Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
What do you listen to while you work?
I need total silence. I don’t get how people can write or edit with music on!
What is your drink and/or snack of choice while you’re working?
See above. Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. (And a couple Lindt chocolate squares after lunch.)
How do you develop your story ideas? Do you use an outline, let the muse lead you, or another technique?
I would be a total hypocrite if I let the muse lead me–I am forever trying to impress upon my students and clients the importance of outlining!
If you were forced to share your workspace but could share it with anyone of your choosing, who would it be?
Any of my kid lit writer friends!
What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve heard or received?
Get used to rejection. It never stops.
Thanks to Jennifer Chambliss Bertman for the use of her Creative Spaces interview questions.