My writing routine and spaces changes often. Some would say that it’s erratic, but not having a structure seems to work for me. I do not have a writing schedule. I cannot set a specific day and time to summon my creativity. My art is based on vulnerability and if that element is not present, I cannot write.

Sometimes words come to me out the blue and I have to jot them down quickly, so I always make sure to have pen and paper nearby. I do most of my writing on the couch. When I’m relaxed, my creativity is more fluid. I go to the nearest coffee shop for a change of scenery if I have a touch of cabin fever. I also wake up in the middle of the night itching to write, so I have a pen and tablet inside my nightstand if my laptop isn’t nearby. In fact, most of my poems that explore desire and loss are written in bed. The intimacy and isolation makes for great writing.


K.Y. Robinson is an introverted writer based in Houston, Texas. She began writing poetry and short stories in her pre-teens after secretly reading letters that her mother wrote to God. They taught her a great lesson on vulnerability. As a withdrawn child suffering from mental illness, she spent a lot of time alone. Writing, naturally, became her sanctuary.

With unapologetic candor and vivid imagery, she draws inspiration from being a woman of color, trauma and mental illness survivor, and a hopelessly hopeful romantic.

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