Have you ever had those times when the tsunami of undone tasks threatened to crash over you? It’s at those times that something has to give. Much as we don’t want to, sometimes we have to admit to ourselves—and others—that we just can’t fulfill a particular responsibility; we must play hooky. (That’s what happened to me last week.)
As you may know, I seek writing inspiration pretty much anywhere. So, let’s use this reality to prompt our writing this week.
Well, I’m glad you asked.
Here are seven ways to use life’s craziness and our humanity as fodder for our writing:
- Write a poem about your hectic schedule.
- Allow your character to “play hooky” for a scene and thus, take the story in a slightly different direction. It’s a good way to add a twist if your readers are expecting the character to respond in a certain way. Just be careful; readers won’t be happy if there isn’t a plausible reason for the unexpected change.
- Write a blog post on the topic of playing hooky and when it’s acceptable—and perhaps, when it isn’t.
- Write a creative nonfiction piece about a time you actually played hooky. If you never did, imagine doing so and write a fiction piece that sounds like it could be true.
- Do you feel guilty if you have to let something slide, if you think you’ve let someone down? Write about it as a journal entry.
- Write a list of all the things you would like to accomplish in the next week. Go over the list and rank them in order of importance. Include specifics if this will help you decide (i.e. why this is important/why it can wait). Choose at least two things from the bottom of the list that you can put off at least for now, if not indefinitely. If there isn’t time for your writing, you may want to shuffle some things around.
This next one may not include writing exactly, but it could provide lots of inspiration for your endeavors in the future.
- Plan a party. I know. I know. How is that going to free up any time? It’s a Let’s Play Hooky party. No, I’m not suggesting you ditch school or call into work sick. But an evening out with a few friends can be energizing. It may just give you the lift you need to “get back at it.”
When have you played hooky? Did it turn out to be a good thing? We’d love to hear about it.
by Stephanie Nickel , CES Editor, Writer, Coach, and Critique Specialist
Questions? Email karen@ChristianEditingServices.com