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5 things I’ll waste my time on before Nov 1.

by on Oct.27, 2009, under Writing

In response to Dustin Hansen blog post 10 things to waste your time before Nov 1.

In no uncertain terms I am dreading the upcoming month of November (Thanks NaNoWriMo!) With that in mind, I’m spending the remainder of the week doing the following things to build motivation/anticipation for the annual Novel Marathon.

1.) Create a cover for your Novel. Take pencil to paper, pull out the camera, and get your family members involved with concepting and constructing the cover for your Novel. Even better if you don’t have a clue what the book is going to be about; It’ll be like those often seen novels in the New Fiction section of the book store with a photo of a girl resting on a grassy field with a picturesque sky, the title of the book? Despair.

2.) Explore 20 ways to kill off your Protagonist. When you’re at the beginning of week three, after a painful soul crushing week two, you’ll be ready to Murder any character in your book just to get things moving again. Drown the pour bastard in a pool of Snapple. Mrs Protagonist has a nasty encounter with the weekly coupon flyer, Death by Discount. A pack of wild boar pushes Mr. Protagonist into a fire ant hill, eliciting a terrifying soul boiling scream, followed soundly by the tearing of fabric on tusk.

3.) Program your DVR and erase all the garbage you’ll never watch. Glee might have been a great pilot, but seriously, are you ever going to watch the half dozen episodes stored on your DVR? trash that crap and make room for other quality shows like Californication and Bored to Death (it’s okay to keep Dancing with the Stars, we all you know you like to re-watch Donny’s performance every morning.)

4.) Stock up on Halloween Candy now, when its discount 50%-75% off (or sneak the best stuff for yourself as soon as your kids return from a night of haunting.) And if candy isn’t your drug of choice, your dead to me.

5.) Play a game of Questions – Recalling my favorite passage from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard, Challenge a family member to a game of questions.

R: We could play at questions.
G: What good would that do?
R: Practice!
G: Statement! One – love.
R: Cheating!
G: How?
R: I hadn’t started yet.
G: Statement. Two – love.
R: Are you counting that?
G: What?
R: Are you counting that?
G: Foul! No repetitions. Three – love. First game to…

And what will you do before Nov 1st?

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