Because, seriously, I am. Covered in paint, I mean. I have been painting for the past 10 hours. No, not an artistic masterpiece. I’m painting the mudroom.
(We gutted our house in April. It seemed like a good idea at the time. When this project is finished (current projected date: March 2057) I know I’ll be happy. Really.)
The mudroom is a lovely place because it has a floor, and most of its walls, and a little bit of electricity, and a ceiling, though that needs to be spackled. This means the mudroom is far and away the most completed room in the house. And I knew that if I didn’t get SOMETHING finished, I was in danger of losing my mind. This is why I painted for 10 hours today.
It was very therapeutic. And a good thing to do while I was waiting for the Internet to come back online.
Ready… Before your start your 15 minutes of writing today, jot down three unfinished projects in your life. Then pull out your calendar and pencil in the dates when you will finish them.
Set… “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Henry Ward Beecher
Today’s prompt: This is deceptively simple. All you have to do is to write out three short lists. Don’t think about this too much; go with your gut.
List #1 – Write down your top five values.
List #2 – Write down the five things (other than sleep) that take up most of your time.
List #3 – Write down the ways that Lists 1 and 2 coincide and the ways in which they differ. What does that mean for your happiness? For your writing? What specific things can you do between now and the end of the year that will make these lists completely reflect each other?
OR – have your main character write out these lists.
Scribble… Scribble… Scribble…