How to write when you’re not writing

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

In 2009, I left my job as a high school English teacher and ran right smack dab into the Great Recession. It hurt. Nobody was hiring. I couldn’t get an interview, much less a job. After a few months of false starts and throwing myself at the wall, I harnessed what was left of my entrepreneurial spirit and started a wedding videography business. Wedding videography was something I had done…

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Things That Are Not Writing, But Will Grow You as a Writer

  Read – books in your genre and books outside of your genre. I spent many, many years just reading before I ever sat down and tried to write a book. I absolutely think it helped. Go Outside – alone, with headphones on to eliminate your urge to talk. Being silent with your thoughts and just letting them wander. Never forcing them down one lane or along one problem’s path,…

Thursday, March 22, 2018
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Kimmery Tries Not To Write

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

  This week’s topic is the importance of NOT writing and I was sorely tempted to turn in a blank page as my offering. Who doesn’t love irony? When I first heard I’d been selected as a Debutante writer for 2018, I experienced a brief thrill, followed by an immediate stab of horror. What had I done? Producing an article a week—on a strict schedule, on top of having to…

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Things That Aren’t Writing

Monday, March 19, 2018

The vernal equinox is tomorrow, and in the spirit of balance, this week, the Debs are talking about the importance of not writing. But first, enjoy these photos I took as scientific proof that winter will end, dammit. Every once in a while, the internet will spit out advice to aspiring authors that if you want to be a writer, you must write every day. To this, I say: bullshit. There’s a…

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How to Give Up Writing and Your Dreams, in 1826 Daily Lessons

Monday, December 16, 2013

If you’re a writer, you’ve probably had at least one moment of pure bliss, when your word count is on the mark and the words are flying, alive. And maybe you thought, I would do this, even if I never got paid a cent, even if I never got published. Have you also had the moment where you had to concede to yourself that maybe you weren’t meant to be…

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Not Every Day is a Writing Day

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I have to confess: I don’t write every day. Not always. Not 365 days a year. Not 7 days a week. I don’t necessarily believe in the butt-in-chair method (isn’t the new thing that sitting is killing us?). I can’t buy into a one-size-fits-all definition of what a writer’s life should look like. What I do believe in is fluidity. Constant change. My writing life is a lot like the…

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Ah, Autumn: The Season of Falling Down on the Job

Monday, October 7, 2013

The other morning I was out walking my dog and saw my breath in the cool air. Later the same day, it was an unseemly eighty degrees. Chicago hasn’t decided what season it is yet, but I can tell you what time of the year it is for me: Word Count Nuclear Winter. Every year at about this time, my writing habit drops through the basement. That’s because twice a…

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