I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We did! My family spent the day at my brother Jeff's house.
Here's a picture of Jeff and me on Thanksgiving. He's the one on the left. ;)
Thursday morning, I was thinking about how Thanksgiving is like writing a novel. Some of my thoughts:
1. Before you begin cooking or writing, it's a good idea to make a list of what has to be done.
2. Turkeys, real or metaphorical, don't make good heroes. The exceptions: children's anthropomorphic books and maybe tragedies or horror if you really want to go there and think about Thanksgiving from the turkey's side of things.
3. You can't be afraid to get messy.
4. Remember caffeine for stamina.
5. You have to time everything right so it all finishes at once.
6. Dessert is always a good reward.
7. Whether we like it or not, first drafts and post-Thanksgiving bodies are likely candidates for saggy middles.
8. It's ideal to have someone you trust help you clean up the mess.
9. Nothing gets wasted. At Thanksgiving, there are always left-overs. With writing, even the stuff you cut is useful to you as a writer because, at the very least, you learn from it.
10. We need to remember to be thankful for what we have and what we've accomplished with writing and with everything else.