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How to Get Your Writing Groove On

Getting your writing groove on requires three things:

1. Writing until you’re done.

2. A little bit of editing.

3. And a crazy amount of focus.

I’ll be working on tip number three this week. So that means I’m taking a small break from posting on RowdyKittens. I’ve cleared my calendar and will be solely focusing on finishing up my next ebook, Smalltopia: A Practical Guide to Working for Yourself. By the end of the week, I want to have a working draft ready to edit. And if all goes well, I’ll ship this ebook on August 31st.

So what can you read this week? Start here.

Be sure to download a free copy of Minimalist Health. Or you can purchase a copy of Simply Car-free.

I’ll be back next week, on Monday, with a new post! Be well and do good.

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  • Amanda August 2, 2010, 8:24 pm

    Have fun and stay focused this week! I loved your Simply Car-free ebook, so I’m looking forward to your next one. Keep up the good work. You’ve got a true fan here! 😉

    • Tammy August 4, 2010, 7:01 am

      @Amanda – Thanks for purchasing Simply Car-free. I’m so happy you enjoyed the book. And thanks a million for your support and encouragement.

  • Josh August 3, 2010, 7:47 am

    Hey I’ve only recently started to get into reading blogs and I would just like to say that your blog is fast becoming my favourite, insightful and relevant so thank you for all your hard work.
    Also I wanted to say good luck with your next e-book, I look forward to reading it later in August!

    • Tammy August 4, 2010, 7:00 am

      @Josh – Thank you! I sincerely appreciate your support. All the best to you!

  • Adena Atkins August 3, 2010, 10:43 am

    Good tips! Good luck!

    • Tammy August 4, 2010, 6:59 am

      Thanks Adenda! 🙂

  • Joel August 3, 2010, 2:08 pm

    I love the name of the ebook. Good luck finishing it up!

    • Tammy August 4, 2010, 6:59 am

      Thanks Joel! I’ve gotten a lot done this week! I’m excited, yet totally scared to release this book. 🙂

  • christine August 3, 2010, 4:05 pm

    I have to say, your blog is my favorite too! thank you for inspiring us and please don’t stop!

    • Tammy August 4, 2010, 6:54 am

      @christine – Ahhh thank you! Don’t worry, writing/blogging is going to be a big part of my future! 🙂 All the best to you.

  • Zengirl @ Heart and Mind August 4, 2010, 12:33 pm


    Writing and taking break are both important. I love the name of smalltopia ebook, can not wait!

  • Nina | Castles in the Air August 5, 2010, 11:06 am

    Tammy — awesome, you’re doing the right thing by “focusing” on what needs to get done!

    Btw, your cat is so beautiful! Can’t wait to see your next post.

    Take care,

  • Michelle August 5, 2010, 11:10 am


    I love the name Smalltopia for your book! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Miss Minimalist August 5, 2010, 1:55 pm

    Smalltopia — very cool! I hope you enjoy some happy and productive writing days, and I look forward to reading it at the end of the month. 🙂

  • KeithTax August 8, 2010, 6:15 am

    I read about your blog over at CNBC. For years I have worked in the simpler life direction. There is more to go. Your writing advice will help my writing, too.

  • Caroline Bledowski August 8, 2010, 7:56 am

    Hi Tammy!

    I just read the NYT article containing your story and it led me to your blog. So far, I must say it’s fantastic!
    I moved to the U.S. last year and can’t afford a car but live in the Midwest (horrible without a car). But nothing’s impossible. I need to rely on friends for getting me out at night or buying bigger things like my cat’s litter. Btw, how do you get your cat to the vet without a car?
    I’m gonna buy your book soon because I need to find a better strategy to get around in this small town in Kansas where every store is on big streets with cars almost running you over.

    Thank you for being a good example!

  • Cat Sitter in the City August 8, 2010, 9:45 am

    I loved the article in the NY Times today about how you’re living a simpler life, and I also loved that you still make room for your cat!

  • Erin Wilson August 8, 2010, 11:17 am

    Loved seeing you in the NYT today 🙂

  • John August 8, 2010, 11:26 am

    Hey Tammy,

    Just came across your blog in the New York Times. You’re an inspiration! I’ve been living in a tent this summer and biking to work (some days) while working full time, mostly for the same reasons you have. I think I’ve had less success writing about it, but it’s so nice to come across a blogger doing something similar. I’ll be moving back into a house after September 1st (it gets COLD here in New Hampshire!) but I’ll be sure to keep up with your blog to keep the spirit of living simply alive!


  • PittsburghDesign August 8, 2010, 3:36 pm

    Tammy – I just read your article in the NY Times – I said “I know that girl!” You are one of the blogs I follow (including ERE – who might have been who pointed me here) and it was neat to see you get press outside the blog world.

    Congrats! Keep it up. There’s a lot of us here who want to do things differently.

  • dee williams August 8, 2010, 8:18 pm

    As pointed out in the nyt article… we all need to pay attention. There is so much we can do when we simplify things to compliment our silly, simple nature. YOU rock for continuing to expand the notion of what is possible. i appreciate you and all your work more than the number of square feet in all the malls and every HyperMart and each lobby in every hotel in a million cities spread across the whole dang world. that is a lot and it underestimates things.

    • Anonymous August 9, 2010, 11:00 pm

      YOU ROCK DEE! You are the wo-MAN!

  • Claire August 9, 2010, 2:09 am

    Really like your site, I’ve been thinking about downsizing myself. Good work!

    • Tammy August 9, 2010, 6:19 am

      Thanks for reading Claire. 🙂

  • Donna Wilson August 9, 2010, 3:56 am

    If you had children would you have a different view on your lifestyle?

    • Tammy August 9, 2010, 6:14 am

      Hi Donna,

      Thanks for reading. 🙂 If we had children the details of our life would be different but our lifestyle philosophy would remain the same. Stuff matters less than people and experiences. Joshua at Becoming Minimalist and Leo at zenhabits are great examples of folks who share our lifestyle philosophy while raising children.

  • chesapeake August 9, 2010, 6:25 am

    Congratulations on the NYT article, Tammy and Logan!!! 🙂

  • Amanda Bretz August 9, 2010, 7:08 am


    I have been reading your blog for about two months now, and your blog inspired me to write my own blog.
    I was so happy to see you and your husband featured in the NYT. How awesome! You truly are living what you are writing about, and with exposure in the NYT, I think the Social Change Through Simple Living movement you write about in your blog will capture the attention of people who may want to live smaller or simpler, but just don’t know where to start.
    Keep up the writing! You rock!


  • Diane Lovejoy August 9, 2010, 8:53 am


    I enjoyed reading the article in the New York Times. Even though I work in the art world, where hyperconsumption often rules the day, I subscribe to your theories of economy. We also have cats and editing in common! Your focus is an inspiration. Congratulations on the forthcoming e-book.

  • Ninjagaiden78 August 9, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I liked the article I read on yahoo.com and I agree taking a break and staying with it are what you need to do.


  • Brad Altemeyer August 9, 2010, 12:26 pm

    cool, I’ve been telling my students for about 10 years, that the USA is ripe for the “frugal living” movement to be established –although it does shift a great deal of the economy into new directions- to prepare, and be ready for it. – a couple of Belgian folks are most closely tied to it in Europe –looks like you will be with the center of it here in the USA. b.t.w. Baking Soda’s chemical name is Sodium Bicarbonate (yes, a chemical) — although I like your concept.

  • ash August 9, 2010, 12:29 pm

    I just discovered you and your websight. I wish i could be as possitive as some others. It is all so self congratulatory. How bout looking at it from the other side of life. I live in a tent without any aminities right here in the USA. I certainly wouldn’t describe myself as happy. This past winter when it was 5 degrees in the tent and 5 degress below outside, I wasn’t happy at all. I lost my job and no longer had the “choice” to live simply. And as far as know neither do about 2/3rds of the rest of the world’s pop. who also live in various states of poverty. Your “choice” to live simply funny enough, I think, is about as bourgeois as it gets. Ash

    • Linda August 10, 2010, 6:50 am

      Ash, I pray for you that things will improve for you and the many others out there who do not, as you said, have “the choice”, and that God will continue to bless you.
      If a person is not having his/her basic needs met, then, there is a problem. But if one, believes that he/she must have it all to be happy, that is a problem too. The point of the lifestyle is to help people see that when you are about material goods, it is never enough; you continue to want more and more and further dig yourself into a financial mess. Simple living, with having your basic needs met, gives you the freedom of time and money, which can bring about more charitable giving of some of the extra time and money and helping others who are not having their basic needs met.
      Simply put, the less stuff you have, the less stuff you have to keep up with and worry about, and the more living you begin to do. And that living has a very broad definition. God Bless us all!!!!

  • joan voight August 9, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I just read about you in the New York Times. I admire your philosophy and have used many of your simple living tactics. Here in Northern California wine country everything seems quite expensive, but the quality of life can be liberating when you spend wisely, stay out of debt and enjoy the heck out of your friends and the beautiful setting. In my free time I blog about living well in wine country as “The Shapely Grape” and you and your pals might enjoy it.

  • Catherine August 10, 2010, 4:39 am

    Hi Tammy!

    I just got finished reading the article in the NYT and I can surely relate to what you and your husband have accomplished. I love living simply and realized 6 years ago I did not need the material “stuff” I had at that time. My husband and I have been married almost 4 years (October 7) and we live a simple life and everyday I think more and more of moving to a place where we could live in a Yurt with our cats and my beardie Stella. My husband loves to fish and I love to garden so we will never starve!
    Thank you so much for your inspiration.


  • AnnePleun August 14, 2010, 4:20 pm

    Hey Tammy

    I read about your blog in the NYT. I started to read it and I really think your philosophy about life is great. Let’s hope a lot of people get inspired by your blog and for starters ‘downsize’.
    I live in the Netherlands, and since this country is so small I fortunately will not need a car, I just love my bike. About your tip of losing the TV, that’s about the best decision me and my boyfriend took in our lives.

    Keep up the good work!

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