Things to Write on Labor Day

Some of you out there might have actual plans to write this weekend, unlike moi.  Despite having a long list of writerly things to do, I have so instead, so far this weekend:  been to Friday Happy Hour, spent three flippin’ hours at the new Ikea, watched two episodes of Big Love on demand, cleaned the house (though not my office, which is in dire need), and have been having a blast figuring out my new editing job, which almost, but not quite counts as writing.  And, lest you think I am going to buckle down and write today, nothing could be further than the truth.  I am on my way to go hiking in the Columbia Gorge in just a few minutes.  But, even though I can’t write today, I thought I’d leave you with a list of things to write. 

I mean, if you can’t write, the second best thing is to tell others what to write, right?  No worries, I’ll be back at it with a vengeance tomorrow. 

So, here you go:

  • Write a poem about the weather, good, bad or ugly.  Or write a poem about your weekend.  Or just write a poem about anything.  The world needs more poets.
  • Write your autobiography, or at least start it.   Rumor has it that you can dredge up all kinds of great material for stories this way.
  • In honor of the school year starting, draw up a plan for what you want to write over the next four months.  What do you want to have accomplished by December, writing-wise?  (Okay, this isn’t exactly writing, but cut me some slack here.)
  • Write a character sketch based on a person you saw in your rounds this weekend.  If you didn’t see anyone of note, take yourself to the coffee shop and observe until you do.  Then make notes and create a character.
  • Write down 25 ideas for your writing.  In a perfect world, if you had all the time you needed to write, what would you like to write about?  Write those down.  Then choose one and start writing.

And now, away, away, I must away…until tomorrow.

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