So I mentioned a few posts back that I’ve entered the Writer’s Weekly 24-hour short story contest, which begins tomorrow at noon.
Since this is my first venture into something like this, I’m doing the following to get ready:
1. Dying my roots. Because I’m thinking that my thoughts will escape my brain feisty, fresh and inspired rather than stodgy and weary if they don’t encounter any unwanted gray hairs on their way out.
2. Refusing to write anything of substance today. My in-the-works story is calling me, but I want my brain to be ITCHING to write tomorrow. I want to be so anxious to sit down and tappity-tap that doing so feels like hitting the lottery.
3. Not working. I left my office yesterday with everything soon-due or critical put to rest. If anything new and soon-due or critical pops up today, I don’t want it anywhere in my head over the duration of the contest. Those kinds of worries tend to crowd writerly thoughts. So they can wait a while.
4. Having a happy hour with my co-workers later. Because a happy hour will get me out early and home early, rather than waiting to head out to the pub late in the evening and drinking til well … you know.
5. Getting a freshly power-washed deck, so that I have a sparkling clean escape when I need to step away from the keyboard and collect my thoughts along with a few gulps of springtime air and some sunlight. Okay, this one is just something Lee planned to do today anyway. But I can make anything all about me.
7. Reading “The Regulators,” because stories where the characters are so varied and quirky and the storyline so off-the-hook absurd but yet written believably are just the kind of thing that kickstarts my own writer’s mojo.
I’m sure I’ll post more about the experience when its over – if nothing else, I’m trying something I’ve never done before!