Writers, don’t worry. Just zipline.

K and Skittles

I’ve heard or read so many times that if you are a writer, you absolutely should be writing every single day.

Here’s the truth: you don’t have to write every day. In fact, I don’t honestly think you should. It was Anais Nin, great diarist, who wrote “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” So how can we continue to feed our imaginations if we have no food? As writers, we have a responsibility to our work—and to our readers—not to write every day, to get out and experience instead. It’s those experiences that shape us as writers and inform our work.

I could’ve spent last weekend writing. I chose to go ziplining at Big Bear Ziplines in Hyde Park, NY, with my cousin Maryanne instead…and came home with not only many great memories (see the video below), but fodder for a new project. So the next time you’re worried about not writing on a certain day, ask yourself what you could be doing instead—and then go do it. You might just find that you’ll return to your keyboard more inspired than when you left.


We had a blast at Big Bear, and our guides, Tyler and Mike (Skittles) were awesome. We also lucked out–we had a great tour group–funny, friendly, and encouraging. Now, share the experience with us (and think about contacting them to make your own!). Hey—curious about the song? It’s called “On My Way” by The Neighbors & Greg Camp. It’s from the movie Sessions from the Curve. You can pick it up on Amazon here.

About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. She has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, served as a co-editor for Read Short Fiction, has judged both writing and grant competitions and co-hosts the Dark Discussions Podcast. Her work Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks; her novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. More info: www.kristipetersenschoonover.com

Posted on October 14, 2013, in Deep Thoughts & Fun Stuff, The Writing Life and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks I needed to read this today.peace and blessings

    Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 23:01:21 +0000 To: irishall_3@hotmail.com

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