Rachel Mans McKenny – Author of The Butterfly Effect, a novel about an entomologist who steps outside her comfort zone and discovers herself
Rachel Mans McKenny is the author of The Butterfly Effect, a new novel. The book is the story of Greta, an entomologist, who takes an unexpected trip back home and unwinds an “unconventional tale of self-discovery, navigating relationships, and how sometimes it takes stepping outside of our comfort zone to find what we need the most.” McKenny is also a humor writer who has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and more.
In this episode, we discuss her writing process, and:
- Writing outside your genre
- What she thinks about writing every day
- And more
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This Week’s Writing Prompt
I suggest setting a timer for 6 or 8 minutes, putting the writing prompt at the top of your page, and free writing whatever comes to mind. Remember, the important part is keeping your pen moving. Right now we just want to write something new and see what happens.
This week’s writing prompt: Think about an indoor space with which you are extremely familiar. Picture it and think for a moment about the other things, unseen, which might reside there. Pick one of these creatures and describe what you know about them or what questions you might have about them, without doing any additional research. Create a scene where two people are talking, told from the perspective from this truly outside observer.
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