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Big fat stupid lie

~~Are you fed up?  Not sure what to
write about?  Empty of ideas?

If so, I’m here to tell you it’s all a big
fat stupid lie
. Writer’s block doesn’t exist.  It’s an insidious scheme that writers tell themselves
when they don’t want to write.

Contrary to popular belief, Earnest Hemingway didn’t kill himself because he
ran out of ideas,  he killed himself
because of  alcoholism & failing
eyesight.

STOP making excuses.

It’s not the lack of substance that’s the problem, it’s “YOU.”  Quit exclaimingI’ll write tomorrow.  I’m too busy.
I have little kids.  Nobody liiiikes
me.  I’m a loser.  I have
nothing to say. I don’t get
any comments on my posts. I only
have 5 people who subscribe to my blog
.

Excuses will not save you.

 

Write what you know

~~Glance around.  Now.  Your narrative & storyline is directly in
front of you.  You’re knocking into them
this very instant.

I mean, take a  good look at your own
family.   All of us have them:  the goofy aunt who applies an over abundance of
red lipstick bleeding over her thin lips, the mom who bakes chocolate chip
cookies as a distraction from reality and mourning,  the husband who thinks you’re nutty because
you write thousands of words rather than say them out loud.

In my first writing class at Saint Scholastica, beautiful Professor Miller
said—“Write what you know,  ladies and
gentleman.”

Yeah, it’s cliché as hell, but it’s also true as hell.

If you know, experience, love, dream, imagine & breathe—You should never
run out of material, stories, and words.

 

You are a rock star

~~Nobody in the entire universe has the same story as yours, the same
experiences, the same childhood.

In other words,  you are unique.  You are extraordinary.  You are a fucking Rock Star.

Believe it.   If you don’t, who will?

You have a million things to say.  So
say them.   You have a million stories to tell.  So tell them.

Don’t doubt. Don’t hesitate. People are interested.  Your readers desperately want to identify
with what you’re saying.  If they
understand you, you might, perchance,  understand them.

We all want to be understood and validated.

Why do you think Facebook has a billion subscribers & blogs have
skyrocketed?

As a teenager, I clearly remember the first time I picked up “Ariel”  by Sylvia Plath.  I was like,
“OOO, this is me!  She’s talking
about me!  I’m not alone in this crazy
world!”

Don’t articulate this to your reader, “I’m extremely sad today for a variety
of reasons….”  Say this instead,  “I’m sad as hell today because I’ve been
diagnosed with  post partum depression
and I feel like the world is coming to an end.”

C o n n e c t i o n.

C o n n e c t i o n.

C o n n e c t i o n.

Isn’t this sincerely what we desire?

 

~~Make them feel alive

One thing you must realize it that your reader is brilliant.  Probably just as brilliant as you are.

So DO NOT underestimate them with dishonesty, or an unauthentic voice.

For example, if you’re writing about how exceptional and ideal your life is,
how your shit has pretty little
sprinkles on top… I imagine readers will not be able to identify with your
flawlessness & perfection, thus they will seek somebody else who they do
identify with.

One of my favorite bloggers, Jon Morrow , said it magnificently:

***It’s not about how smart you are.

It’s not about the professionalism of
your blog design.

It’s not even about giving readers
tips they can go out and apply immediately.

It’s about the way you make those
readers
feel.

You want them to cry. You want them to
laugh out loud. You want them to shake with anger.

But the most important part?

You want them to feel alive.***

Isn’t this why we write?  Well?

To tell our truth.   To lift our voice.  To tell our stories.

And more than thatwe should be writing to  make others feel what we are
feeling.

 

~~~~~Dear Reader,   have you found
your voice?   If so, how do you
share it with others?

—Jon, if you’re reading this.    I.  Loooooove.  You.  xxxpink lips

 

 


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  • Reply
    Julie
    April 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    This is brilliant and so, so true. I’m glad to be reminded of it.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 25, 2012 at 5:51 am

      Julie,
      thanks for reading <3 it is sooo appreciated. x

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    Aurora, HSP
    April 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for this, just exactly what I needed to hear today, LOVE. xo

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 25, 2012 at 5:51 am

      Dear J,
      You are More than welcome, Love. Xx

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    Sandra
    April 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I have been a very lazy blogger of late. Thanks for telling me what I needed to hear today.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 25, 2012 at 5:52 am

      Sandra,
      oh, by looking at your website, you are FAR from Lazzzy, girl. Xxx

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    Ann
    April 23, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Wow – this is great, Kim! You always make me FEEL with your writing!

    So far, I have stuck with my New Years Resolution to “put more of myself out there” and show folks some of the quirky, weirdness that is the magic of me. I’m having a GREAT time with it!

    I don’t know if my blog or recipes will make anyone feel anything other than hungry….but it sure makes me happy to write about them!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 25, 2012 at 5:53 am

      ~~~Ann,
      keep doing what you’re doing. It’s FABulous. I love when you talk about Honey Bunny & your family. <3 I could stare at your food all day loooong. Xx

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    Michael Ann
    April 23, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Well-said, Kim!! I think you hit the nail on the head when you said it’s more about not WANTING to write rather than having nothing to write about. It’s ok to admit that too. I don’t want to write lately, so I don’t! Having a recipe blog is much easier 😉
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 25, 2012 at 5:55 am

      Michael Ann,
      I was writing this post mostly for myself…

      I would NEVER judge one who does not want to write!!! It’s a free world,babe.

      Have a great Wed. Xx

      I LOVE your FOOD <3

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    Kim Pugliano @The G is Silent
    April 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    My sister always tells me it’s the mundane stuff that makes her laugh the most; that she loves the most. It’s mundane to me, but I don’t tell it in a mundane way. She loves my stream of consciousness and the raw stuff.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 25, 2012 at 5:56 am

      Kim,
      yes, it’s all in the way you tell the story.
      You. Can. Tell. The. Story!!! <3 Xx

      I love RAW.

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    Barbara
    April 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Great post. You rock Kim! Now I am ready to roll and write more. Hugs, Barbara

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 25, 2012 at 5:56 am

      Hugs back to you, Sweet Barbara ooXx

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    Mamawolfe
    April 23, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    You speak the truth! Readers do want to feel emotion-I know I’ve done a good job when readers tell me they connected with my writing. That’s why I read your blog all the time!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 25, 2012 at 5:57 am

      Mamawolfe,
      And that’s why I read yours <3 Xx

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    Alison@Mama Wants This
    April 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    YOU, my dear Kim, are a fucking rock star.

    Write what you know, that’s always been my philosophy from day 1. Which is why I reject the gazillion blog ideas my husband keeps trying to pass on to me. I’m like, dude, I am not writing about shit I don’t know anything about 🙂
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 25, 2012 at 5:58 am

      HaaHaaa,
      Dude, you are a fucking rockstar 2 !!! Xxx

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    Emily
    April 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    You always make me feel the connection. And now — thanks for the inspiration, too! 🙂
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 25, 2012 at 5:59 am

      Emily,
      You Inspire me to bring out *Kim the Poet* <3

      Love your writing.

      Thank You. Xxx

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    Brenda
    April 23, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I don’t believe in writer’s block either. As for me, I don’t see the point of writing if your voice isn’t authentic. I enjoy foreplay, intimacy and out -out and inside out writing. Well said, Kim. Be true and be honest. Also, if you want to write, ask yourself, “Self do I have the commitment to sit my but in the chair day and after day and write, be alone inside my head and on the page. Do I have the passion? It’s a solitary pursuit.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 25, 2012 at 6:00 am

      Such a solitary pursuit..

      it’s beautiful. Xxx Love flowing to you, Miss Brilliant Brenda.

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    Wild Child Mama
    April 23, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Hallaluia!!!!!! Amen! And Sing it sistah! Um, here’s why I am relating to this post, why I feel like you are talking just to me; because I have been avoiding writing! Because I don’t know what to write about and I didn’t think of myself as a rockstar and I am whining and complaining like Nelly from Little House. When she sang? The torture. This girl right here, this mama is going to frickity frackity write something. Tomorrow. Because its already 11 at night. And that’s not an excuse. I will write tomorrow!!!! Ahhhhhhhh!!!
    Love you for this kick in the ass.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 25, 2012 at 6:01 am

      Wild Child,
      Well, I Am Talking To YOU! HaaaaHaa.

      Can’t wait to read your memoir. Xxxxx

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    Vidya Sury
    April 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    You are a rock star, there’s no doubt about it, Kim. This post is something I would want to read time and again 🙂 You’ve put the points across so succinctly! I believe we should be honest, at all times. The pressure to be someone we’re not never works. :D. After all, we must be ourselves, for, who is better qualified?

    I love our connection and your words. I love all that you represent to me. I am always eager to see an update from you and worry when I don’t see one.

    Now You tell me – do you hear my voice on my blog? 🙂 Huge hugs to you!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 25, 2012 at 6:02 am

      Um, Excuuuse me,

      Vidya, YOU ARE THE FREAKING Rock Star of India!! XXXXXXX Love

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    Irene
    April 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    You’re very inspiring! I have to think about this. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted.
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    Monica
    April 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Well said, Kim. Sometimes, I worry that I’m going to run out of ideas, but happily what you say is true. A new one is always around the bend!
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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    April 23, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Absolutely right Kim, “STOP making excuses.”
    🙂 Mandy xo
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    Goodness and Grit
    April 24, 2012 at 12:58 am

    Excellent post Kim.
    Timely and to the point.
    My excuse is….I’m working on a novel.
    But you are correct, it is no excuse.

    Klem (hugs) from me as I stare out the window waiting for sun. Feeling trapped in this sleety, rainy, shitty weather.

    Kimberly
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    nikky44
    April 24, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Beautiful Post Kim!!!
    After I wrote my first post on end of February, someone asked me if I intend to continue and write on my Blog. My reply was: I have no idea, I don’t know what to write about, how to start, what to say, and certainly who will read it anyway.
    It was much more easier than I thought, because I do not force myself to write. I have decided not to decide whether I want to write or not, but just to let it happen. To type my thoughts instead of keeping them inside, and that was it…
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    Lady E
    April 24, 2012 at 2:05 am

    How funny. It made me realise that I really don’t write for my readers, I never really stopped to think about what I wanted them to feel or see, and I don’t take blogging very seriously really. In fact, I am so insecure in other parts of my life, that I really don’t feel insecure about my blog.
    I write because it helps me sort through my ideas, because I need to express the things I do lest they eat me up, and of course because the support is the cherry on the cake…
    You’re one on my best cheerleaders, so thank you…
    🙂
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      My Inner Chick
      April 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

      —-Lady E.
      I think when one writes exclusively for their readers, they will hold back…become unathentic, lose themselves somehow….

      Is that selfish? I dont’ think so.

      Xxx Kiss for YOU.
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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    April 24, 2012 at 2:23 am

    I absolutely love that quote from Jon! He articulated so well what so many people want to know! 🙂 Great post Kim! xxx

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    marie
    April 24, 2012 at 3:20 am

    This is awesome Kim, You are awesome! Nothing more to say…………as for me I think I am searching my voice, I am looking deep down into me to see what I can share with others. I am at the crossroads, just need to take the first step to become a rockstar!!
    Much love
    xxxxxxxxx
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    Lola
    April 24, 2012 at 4:07 am

    And if all else fails? Write about your vagina.

    By the way, have I told you lately that I just love you?
    I do.
    YOU, My friend, ROCK!
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    Liz
    April 24, 2012 at 4:14 am

    SO, so true!!! There is always a story from my kitchen, and I try to incorporate that into my blog…but you’ve made me reevaluate…and I needed that!!! Thank you!!!! xo
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    Dangerous Linda
    April 24, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Hi, Kim! ~

    Great pep talk to propel me into the creative possibilities of today!

    Very ExCiTeD to catch a little of that gale force charisma in person S-O-O-N ;-x
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    Ellen
    April 24, 2012 at 4:23 am

    I love this! I had to read the subject line in the email teaser twice before clicking through! 🙂

    I think my problem is, I have [too] many voices. I’m so used to compartmentalizing aspects of my life, that I tend to do it in my writing, too.

    Case and point: When I was cleaning my office over the weekend, I came across a spiral-bound notebook tucked amongst papers that needed filing. I didn’t recognize it, and opened its cover. I found the bare bones of a memoir I had started writing; 3,300 words’ worth. The fact it was in longhand told me it was pre-computer. I got my first computer sometime in the 90s, so I’m guessing I wrote it in the late 80s or early 90s. While I recognized my handwriting, and what I’d written, I didn’t recognize how it was written. I felt as though I was reading someone else’s story. So odd.

    At any rate, I’ve been working on rounding up the troops, so to speak, and having them speak as one. Still working on that. 🙂

    Excellent post, sweet Kim! xoxo

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    Joan Peterson
    April 24, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Dear Kim,

    You have such a way of saying what is on the mind of the rest of us. As a fellow blogger, I needed to hear these words. Coincidentally, my husband and I are in Washington D.C. for some meetings. He went to a session where he met a blogger and the man told him that he blogged because he had so many thoughts he needed to express and thought they were worth sharing with others. Amen. There is whole world out there that needs to be explored and taken apart. You do it so well and thanks for the advice and words of wisdom.

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    Karen Sosnoski
    April 24, 2012 at 5:07 am

    But my s— DOES have sprinkles on top! No, really! Thank you as always for being an advocate and writer of honesty!!! XO Karen

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    elizabeth
    April 24, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Fabulous, my friend!

    Believe it. If you don’t, who will? love this line.

    I am feeling a little more inspired.

    xoxox

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    April 24, 2012 at 5:57 am

    I never really thought about writer’s block stemming from not really feeling it, but you’re so right! I get annoyed with how many PR posts I have to do all the time, but how else am I gonna pay the bills? It’s such a sucky situation. I think that’s why I like to spend so much time on other people’s blogs because it helps me get a good fill of personal. 🙂
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    Pat Scattergood
    April 24, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Kimmy–This is magnificent stuff. I’m bookmarking it. You challenge, encourage and dare me to write, write, write. Thank you. I looooove you, too. xxx
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    Adriana
    April 24, 2012 at 7:17 am

    I read this yesterday and I did not comment. Why? Am I a lurker? A stalker? Someone who hates your originality? Catty?! :::insert suspense music:::
    Nah… None of the above. I just wanted for you to get an xtra hit on your page because I think…. You my friend rock my world.
    xoxo
    ~A
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    totsymae1011
    April 24, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Good advice, Kim.
    Don’t know though…My life really is boring. If I weren’t afraid my heart will give out on me, I’d try sky diving or if I could swim, I’d go deep sea diving or something. Hmmm…I did ride a horse once.
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    Alma
    April 24, 2012 at 7:28 am

    New follower via La Dulce Vida! This was great advice, I find I have some of these voices in my head that keep me from being a rockstar. This was great, love your blog.

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    Nicole
    April 24, 2012 at 8:03 am

    To the point, I looove it. And so true. Writers block my ass I always have something to write about even if noone follows or comments its a release of emotion justified on paper.

    -nicole

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    Jann Huizenga
    April 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Amen, Kim. Thanks for reminding us that “writer’s block” is a lazy excuse (though one I love to use!)
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    Pamela
    April 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Truly, you ARE a rock star. Great post!
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    Impulsive Addict
    April 24, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I think you are absolutely right! And yes, YOU are the rockstar in our relationship. So I shouldn’t use writer’s block anymore. Got it. I should just face facts and say I’m a lazy blogger who only wants to blog on Tuesday’s. What’s wrong with me? I hope I get my groove back. Stella did, ya know.

    Ok, so on to your comment on my page. Yes, my daddy reads. I knew yours did too because I see his sweet comments. I can’t remember if I read your 50 Shades post but I’m ready for another dirty book. The mystery that I’m reading right now is doing NOTHING for me! lol I need some more Christian in my bed. I MEAN HEAD. I want him in my head. 😉

    xoxo
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    Pam Hogeweide
    April 24, 2012 at 9:57 am

    And this is exactly why I read your blog and what I try to achieve at my own.

    Writers go into the wilderness, exploring dark caves and hidden canyons. We simply then report what it is we have found. Each of our lives is a deep cavern filled with buried treasure.

    I love the treasures you bring out to show your readers…and I know it takes a bit of courage since the cave you are spelunking is one that is so dark and so deep.

    Love your spelunking voice!
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    Linda Medrano
    April 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

    What an extraordinary post! I think the “connection” to other people is why I blog. I really care about the people who share themselves with the rest of us. I don’t tune in to read a travelog. I don’t tune in to read a recipe. Tell me who you are! Make me care about your joy and your pain. It doesn’t have to be brilliant. But it does have to be real! I love this Kim!
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    Pure Complex
    April 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Wonderful ideas and wonderful post. I especially agree with this line “~~Nobody in the entire universe has the same story as yours, the same experiences, the same childhood.” You are certainly right about that.. getting your voice out there definitely has its rewards
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    jodi aman
    April 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Kim, you are right. Sometimes i do hold back and keep telling myself I won’t hold back. i think I keep getting freer. And I want to continue to commit to this!
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      My Inner Chick
      April 25, 2012 at 9:35 am

      Jodi,
      I feel VERY strongly that when we tell our stories, pain, experiences…

      we give others permission to do this, as well.

      Keep telling your story. <3 Xx
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    julie gardner
    April 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Connection connection connection.

    (Does that count as one word or three words of genius?)

    Either way, the answer is yes.

    Yes. Yes.

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    Lawyer Loves Lunch
    April 24, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Tellin’ it like it is! That’s why I love your writing 🙂

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    Elephant's Child
    April 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Kim, my sweet, the one thing you are is honest. And you certainly write from the heart, and about the things you know. How I wish that you didn’t know them.

    You are the leader of the (Rockstar) pack.

    Hugs.

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    Bella
    April 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Kim, if ever a writer needed inspiration, he or she had but visit your blog, read this delectable post and leave here committed to write the next Pulitzer prize winning novel! What a way of inspiring the masses you have, lady! I’m infused with energy! I’m raring to go! I’m inspired to write about family stories, old memories, living relatives, dead relatives, funky ex-husbands, the cooking I wish I did but never do! I am ready to write, write, write! Because I want to be a rock star just like you! And don’t you doubt it for a minute, Ms. Kim–you are a rock star! Of gargantuan proportions! I love visiting your place. I know that when I leave here, I will have been hit with massive amounts of love and hard core-in-your-face-take-it-or- leave-it-wonderful-advice-iinspiration-and-get-off-your-ass-motivation! If you ran for President, I would vote for you! You have the power to motivate and inspire and for that, we thank you! Love you, lady!
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    Juliette Ayot
    April 24, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    ohh so sweet baby.. 😉 you are a true rockstar and I always love to read your blogs. You have always been an inspiration for me to write fabulous things. Love you XOXO.
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    Beverly Diehl
    April 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I will say, on blog design – if a blog is really hard to read, and full of typos, I won’t follow or return, regardless of how amazing the content. I visited a blog last year with a fire-engine red background and white font, and just a few minutes on the page gave me a nasty headache. Likewise those with cutesy curlicue fonts that are like solving a puzzle to read a sentence.

    But heart, passion, honesty – those things keep me coming back. As far as writing what you know, that’s a great tip, and another thing you can do, is write what you wish might happen. Give something bad in your family history a happy ending. Research something and write about how it makes you feel. There are endless ideas, just start with one, and the rest will come flowing out.
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      My Inner Chick
      April 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

      I always love what you have to say, Beverly.

      *** There are endless ideas, just start with one, and the rest will come flowing out.***

      I like that. xxx
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    David
    April 25, 2012 at 2:12 am

    As we all say, it is all in the head. If we are willing to do something, we will go all out to make sure that we accomplish it.
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    Feeling Beachie
    April 25, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Great post… And so true… I remember when I first started to blog (2 years ago) I felt everything you wrote about… no one reads. No one cares. Then I started writing for me, and loving every second…
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    Blond Duck
    April 25, 2012 at 4:00 am

    I think I scare people. 🙂
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    Sandy Webb
    April 25, 2012 at 7:55 am

    YOU

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    Sandy Webb
    April 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

    YOU are a ROCK STAR!!!!!
    I write my blog for me! I don’t count readers or subscriptions or comments.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love reading the comments and I appreciate my readers.
    But, I think I would blog even if not a single soul read it.
    It is therapy for me.
    XO

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    (FL) Girl with a New Life
    April 25, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I often feel like this is what all art is for: to make us feel more alive.

    Love your passion in this post. Thanks for the lighting a fire under my butt. Off to write something brilliant.
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    nan @ lbddiaries
    April 25, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Excellent advice! The one thing that will keep me away from a blog is the person’s belief that they are greater than their readers and that they never, ever admit to mistakes. When they are “I am so perfect, my life is so perfect, and yours isn’t, nanny nanny boo boo” – I’m outta there.

    And while I may have found my voice in telling stories about my r-ship with Alpha Hubby, I am constantly aware to keep my voice honest. As much as our r-ship really is THAT amazing, it also has its meltdown moments, grrr moments, and “Oh my gosh you so aren’t listening to me” moments. I want to make sure people realize that by golly, sometimes that takes a raised voice, an apology, then melt the paint off the walls s*x.
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      My Inner Chick
      April 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      ~~~~Love your stories about ALPHA Man. Especially the one about the eggs. Is that right? Eggs? Haa

      you’re awesome, Nan.

      & I think of you everytime I use the perfume you sent me!! xxx
      I still have some left!

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    Sue Williamson
    April 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Coming from a Blog Stalker (only yours by the way) I thought this was great.

    I’m still not going to blog mind you, but I am going to share the inspiration with my two beautiful children who do need to write for at least the next for years of college and then who knows…

    The advice is timeless.

    Love ya!

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    Kelley
    April 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    This was awesome!! I feel inspired. 🙂 You are so right. There are stories everywhere. Thanks for encouraging us all. YOU rock.
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    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    April 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Write what you know. Nobody else is you. You are extraordinary. Be honest. Connect.

    And yet, so much fear inside us all (or is that just me limited by my fear?)

    Natalie Goldberg said it in a way that really resonated with me in Writing Down the Bones… :

    “If you can capture the way things are, that’s all the poetry you’ll ever need”

    xo.
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    Red Dwyer
    April 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Writer’s block is such gradu I even wrote a poem about it. How’s that for writing what I know. 😉 You know at my place we get in touch with feelings a lot. We exercise the brain. As to being a rock star, I will stick with inspiring people to think about who they really are…Nothing more exciting than to hear a reader say, “Now, I understand!”

    Keep the light on, Kim. You know you are a rock star!
    Red.
    xxx
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    Words Of Deliciousness
    April 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    What you wrote is so true. I loved your post.
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    ed pilolla
    April 25, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    one of the famous sayings in the newsroom among people who were respected was: you don’t need inspiration. you need a deadline.
    🙂
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    Nikky44
    April 26, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Kim, I wanted to tell you that I have nominated your Blog for the Sunshine Award!
    http://nikkysstrengthandweakness-nikky44.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunshine-award.html
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    Stasha
    April 26, 2012 at 8:06 am

    And this here is why you are a rock star.
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    Amy
    April 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Such an inspiring article! The final thought could be that it all depends on how smart you are. Thanks for sharing this useful text!
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    Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise)
    April 26, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Oh darlin’…I hope by the time you read this your spirits are flyin’ high again!!!

    I have more trouble turnin’ the ideas in my head off instead of on. I’m just a little (massively) spastic and so is my brain!!! Heeehehehehe!

    Have yourself a perfectly blessed day sweetie!!! :o)
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    Peg (gypsy woman)
    April 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you Kim for writing about writing. When my husband passed away on April 14th, 2009 I started writing a journal. It has been over 3 years and after my 7th journal, I decided I didn’t need to write anymore. My grief is much softer now and I am healing. Two days after I decided to give up journal writing I was sitting on my porch and thought what the hell am I doing, I should be writing in my journal. So now I am on journal number 8 and just writing has been a wonderful release and therapy for me. I will probably keep a journal now until I meet with my husband again in the beyond.

    Thank you for your inspiration

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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm

      Peg,
      without words and writing, I would have perished after my sister’s murder.

      Thinking of youtoday.

      KEEP WRITING…..NEVER STOP. xx

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    Dad
    April 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Kim, you are brilliant.
    Love You
    Dad

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      My Inner Chick
      April 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Well, go look in the mirror and you’ll see the reason that i am
      B R I L L I A N T !!

      I love you more than 15 Golden Lions swimming in Kisumu’s Victoria…XXXXXXXXXXXXX
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    Jessica
    April 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    You are a rockstar for this post.

    I haven’t been posting as much as I used to and for awhile I thought it was writers block but really, it’s that I’m busy living my life and that’s a good thing.
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    A Daft Scots Lass
    April 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    You got award a while back on my blog. Have a lookie http://gillianhefer.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunshine-blog-award.html

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    Lady Fi
    April 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Wonderful post! Writing – in whatever form – is about feelings, what we feel and making others feel and think; as you say it’s about connecting with others, sharing our humanity in all its beauty and frailty and ugliness.
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    Wisper
    April 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I love the straight forward, blunt delivery. It fits what you are saying so well! I occasionally have to remind myself of the same thing.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      —It’s a process, isn’t it, Wisper? Thanks for reading X

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    stephanie
    April 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    With 60+ commenters you don’t need me to echo everything they’ve already said… but, hell, I’ll do it anyway. I like your style. Say it out loud, direct and to the point. Good post with good advice..
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    M.K. Hajdin
    April 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    But it’s TRUUUUUUUE. Nobody likes me!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 29, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      –It’s NOT truuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuue!

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    Brenda
    April 30, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Fabulous post! Followed a link from Ellen’s blog to hear. Sometimes I get bloggers/writers block and I just need to step away. Most of my posts are about me, my pit bull, and peeves. It’s fun! Great tips! I just subscribed to your blog. Looking forward to reading more!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      April 30, 2012 at 8:50 am

      Brenda,
      I shall come visit you, too <3 Xxx

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    lisa
    May 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    What an inspiring post this is Kim, and I truly thank you so very much!
    xo.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      Lisa,
      thank you for reading my mourning… Xx

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    victorias_view
    May 4, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Thank you! This is just the kick in the pants I needed 🙂
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm

      A W E S O M E <3

      Thanks for popping over, Victoria.

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    injaynesworld
    May 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Can I just give you a big ol’ wet kiss? Okay. That might not be appropriate. Maybe a simple thank you for articulating this writing “condition” so very well. I recently read a quote from “Naked, Drunk & Writing,” by Adair Lara where she says, “That which is most personal is most common.” As you say here, it’s all about connection. Make ’em laugh. Make ’em cry. Piss them the hell off, but make them feel something.
    Nora Ephron writes that her mother once said to her, “Everything is copy.”

    Freakin’ great post!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      May 4, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      ~~~~Yes, I shall KISS you !!!

      Love that quote: “That which is most personal is most common.”

      This is the connection I’m talking about. FabULOUS.

      Xxxx

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    kimberly
    May 7, 2012 at 12:37 am

    kim, you are a real rock star blogger. people find your blog very interesting. that is the reason for so many comments on your blog. i was shocked to see 150 comments on a single post. i really envy you. i hope that my blog would also come to such a level one day.
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    Don Terry
    June 12, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Very helpful stuff. Thank you.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      June 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks for reading, Don.

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    Rockstar
    November 20, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Kim thanks so much for this post. I usually write to get my thoughts out and if people like it that’s great and if they don’t …well that’s their problem. Keep up the good work! Moxy
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    marenbrekke
    November 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    This is exactly right. I’m having trouble finding direction for my blog. But then I wrote just that and it turned into a nice piece. I’ve just started and don’t really know yet what I’m doing, but I’m having fun trying to figure it out. Thanks for your advice!
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    Monday Mentions, Volume 2 - Ellen M. Gregg, Writer, Reiki master, Herbivore-in-Training
    January 6, 2013 at 10:52 am

    […] Kim @ My Inner Chick wrote a fantastic article last week:  How to Become a Rockstar Blogger.  She is, by the way, a total rock star […]

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    Shefali
    March 4, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    So glad I should find you today and read this post when I needed it.
    Loved it!
    Thank you XO

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 5, 2013 at 5:47 am

      Thanks, Shefali! <3

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    injaynesworld
    March 6, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for a good butt-kicking! All my writing life, I’ve struggled to come up with ideas. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of short fiction from writing prompts and that’s been great fun and hugely helpful.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      March 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Jayne,
      I love when you visit me dear. Even when I’m kicking butt! Xxxxx

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    Michelle
    June 30, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Hi Kim, I just found you via a circuitous route via The Bloggess and Love Ashley, and this post was just what I needed to see today. I’ve only just started blogging (a week ago!) and am struggling a bit with ‘finding my voice’ – even though I’ve been writing to myself with honesty for years! It doesn’t help that I read all these amazing blogs by very funny, fearless women and I get all “Man I can’t do that.”
    But I read your generous, big hearted post and thought, “Shit, maybe I can!” So thank you. And thank you for inspiring me to think about making my blog about more than just me too. You are awesome.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      June 30, 2013 at 8:18 am

      ****“Man I can’t do that.***

      Yes. You. Can.

      Just be yourself. Real. Authentic. Imperfect. Give back to your readers.

      People will love you. Believe me. Xx

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    Barbara
    June 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Honestly, I’m shocked your shit doesn’t have shiny, pink, sprinkles on top! Mine does! LOL!!!!!!!!!

    I can’t remember where I read it recently but it was an article about writing (duh). A professor read 4-5 essays that had big words, and flowery descriptions, before reading one that was a truly gritty, compelling, story. They all agreed the last one was the best. He said that was because it was real and told from the heart, not from the thesaurus.

    Gotta keep it real, and if you don’t people will know.

    Awesome post!!!
    b
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      My Inner Chick
      June 30, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      I love that professor!

      We want NEED to identify with others.

      We want to feel validated, a part of something greater.

      Yes, people will know if we are phony, fake, plastic immediately.

      btw, I’m happy to hear your shit has little sparkly sprinkles, B.

      HAaaa xxx
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