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This makes me think of Tricia Hersey speaking about rest in a similar fashion. You have to have a bit of trickster energy. You have to rest without getting everyone else’s permission. I think of writing as an essential kind of active rest. For me as a parent to a small child, it’s an essential one. It’s very hard. But good work can happen within these constraints, in the cracks and the crevices. Thanks for the reminder.

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Such practical wisdom in this approach. Worked for me too when I taught and coached writers full-time and was raising my son. I got more done than when I wasn’t working just because of my accountability partner and those cracks and crevices of time. I truly believe in them. It also keeps the story alive in us all day because we’re always looking for a moment to write. It’s a myth for creatives to say they will achieve more with their art when time is unlimited. Limits actually benefit us, in my experience. Good post, Jami.

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Nov 29, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

Oh my goodness, did I need this today. Cracks & crevices! The end-of-year schedule (work, parenting, holidays) makes them even smaller, but they are still there, if I look hard enough. Thank you for the reminder, Jami.

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I like the idea of an accountability partner! Thank you for this motivating post.

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This feels so hopeful:-) Thanks for sharing

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Dang it. I wish you were coming to Texas. I know it's Texas, but we're not all crazy. Best wishes on your upcoming tour.

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Nov 29, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

I so enjoy hearing from all the writers you know. Including you!

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Nov 29, 2023Liked by Jami Attenberg

Thank you so much for this. So affirming.

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I very much needed this example and reminder.

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I never could make this work. I tried it here or there, writing on lunch hours or weekends, but I never made much progress. For two decades it was all I could do to survive the day-to-day of work and home. I admire others' strength.

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Yes! In the cracks and crevices! I needed this today. I love what Kristen said about sneaking in sessions where you can. Right now, when it's dark early, I love sneaking in a session from 5:30 - 6:30 and sometimes again, later. But that momentum of a first draft... it's the best!

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