“It’s the last Friday writing prompt before NaNoWriMo! Today’s challenge: write a letter to your mid-NaNo self…then save it somewhere you can read it during November.”
You’re halfway through! Good job! You are on schedule. You are the best writer on the planet. You are fun and smart. You’re the most awesome person ever to live.
[If you are not halfway through, you are still awesome, but know that I’m judging you a little. I mean, not enough to discourage you, but *stern look*]
At this point, you might be tempted to slack off a bit. I know you’re on schedule (you ARE on schedule, aren’t you?), but that’s no reason to get cocky. Here’s a list of twenty things that can wait until December:
1. Trying out that new olive/prosciutto sourdough loaf with the fifteen million steps.
2. Reorganizing your closet.
3. Reorganizing the kitchen.
5. Christmas shopping.
6. Shoe shopping.
7. Grocery shopping in a specialty store or farmer’s market that is more than a twenty-minute drive from home.
8. Trying your hand at making cheese.
9. Monday night margaritas, because you and I both know that you won’t “just drop in and have one.” That’s an all-night event.
10. Calling everyone you’ve been telling, “We should get together sometime.” Sometime has waited this long; it can wait a few more weeks.
11. Learning to sew.
12. Making curtains, skirts, pajama pants, etc., in order to practice your new sewing skills (which you do not have yet anyway – see #11).
13. Starting a new knitting project.
14. Finishing one of the knitting projects that you’ve already started.
15. Hosting a theme dinner/party, unless the theme is Frantically-Caffeinating-to-Finish-NaNoWriMo.
16. Baking a pie.
17. Reading what you’ve written so far. November is for writing. January is for editing. Is it January? No? Then keep writing and quit reminiscing.
18. Completely changing the premise of your novel, since you blatantly ignored #17. It’s a first draft, and a rushed one at that. It’s supposed to be bad.
19. Getting involved in Facebook drama. In fact, that’s just something to avoid in general. Let’s remember in December how nice it was to take a break from that for a month and prolong the magic, okay?
20. Anything on Pinterest that you’ve not already tried to make/do.
Oh, no. I’m just giving you ideas.
Well, don’t do them. Eye on the prize! Press on! Something-super-inspirational!
And bask in the knowledge that you actually have a better excuse for not going out than “…but I’m watching Dr. Who on the Netflix.” Actually, that’s a pretty good excuse. No one at the bar is more interesting than David Tennant.
Do not go watch Dr. Who right now. Write!