Emily Kendy has written for music publications in Canada and the US, with articles published in the Globe and Mail, the Calgary Herald, and Adbusters magazine. She was runner up in “SubTerrain’s Lush Triumphant Short Fiction Contest,” and participated in Broken Pencil’s bloody and gruelling literary deathmatch. She lives in Courtenay, BC, with no cats and writes about her dating adventures on her personal blog Little Mess of Petals.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! My mom had it framed. It was before I could read or write. I guess I saw handwriting somewhere and got a bit excited by the concept so I handwrote jibberish across all the lines of a loose leaf piece of paper. My mom thought it was beautiful. Looking back, I think I must have a mild form of aspergers or I'm obsessive compulsive. Perhaps a bit of both.
What is your writing process?
It bugs me when I hear writers say things like "it's very important to write every day." I don't believe that what works for one person should be a blanket instruction for all writers everywhere. Do what works for you so long as you do it - that's my only blanket instruction: just write. If you write, you'll get to where you want to go. My process varies. I've tried everything - from writing all night blitzed out in front of a computer, to writing in airports sober and in longhand. I've found that sobriety has helped my writing, which doesn't say much about my genius. I've been reading a Leonard Cohen autobiography lately and I had no idea how much drugs that guy did, it literally never occurred to me that someone with such lucid thoughts on love could be such a psychotic mess. But many of the greats could do both. I thought, for five minutes in my 20s, that I could too. Nope.