- Is School Lunch Really All That Bad?
- Earn your degree
- Write a letter to your reflection in the mirror.
- What is your zodiac sign? Does it fit your personality?
- Sit outside for about an hour. Write down the sounds you hear.
- Write about a teacher who had a lasting impact on you.
- Your relationship status and how you feel about it.
- Where you’d like to be in ten years.
- Write about friends that are like family.
- Put your iPod on shuffle and write down the first ten songs that pop up.
- Write a verbal vision board.
- Write about being inside an old abandoned warehouse.
- How important do you think education is?
- What if you mirror started talking to you?
- List five celebrities that you’re attracted to.
- Write about how you celebrate New Year’s Eve.
- Write about what you do on Valentine’s Day.
- How impulsive are you?
- Write about your favorite US President, living or dead.
- Do Photoshopped Images Make You Feel Bad About Your Own Looks?
- Protected: Would You Want to Be a Child Prodigy?
- Do You Perform Better When You’re Competing or When You’re Collaborating?
- What are your favorite cartoons?
- If someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- How Do You Find Peace in Your Life?
- How Important Is Keeping a Clean House?
- What would you do if you could live a day without consequences?
- How to Properly Pack a Suitcase
- A food that reminds you of your youth.
- Why would you be a great president? Give at least three arguments.
A verbal vision board is an idea from Octavia Butler. The idea is to write a positive statement about where you want your writing career to go.
I’m not much for the whole vision board thing–I’d rather go ahead and make what I’m going to make, not spend several hours cutting pictures out of magazines for ‘inspiration.’ But I’ll try this, as it does come from the eminent Ms. Butler.
I don’t care about awards, or even about bestseller lists. I just want my books to be loved. I want them to be cherished by readers I could never have met otherwise.
I want a significant body of work–meaning many books, not necessarily important books. I want to have the authority to host workshops and lead groups.
Writing important books would be nice, but I think that’s asking a lot. “Important” means so many things. It means the book moves people in a way that’s socially significant. I’d like to do that, but I don’t think many of my ideas qualify for that.
So, I want recognition from readers, not from the establishment.
I want to get an agent in the next year or so, find someone who likes what I do and how I do it and knows how to sell it. An editorial agent who works with me to make the books as good as they can be, and is not averse to the occasional existential “Where is my career going next?” phone call where I weigh ideas and make selections for new projects. Someone savvy and strategic who still appreciates that the heart wants what it wants.
I want an editor who gets what I’m working on and asks for more. I want long-term relationships.
I want to entertain and spread joy, in the form of happy thrills.
Photo: Debra Roby