- are constantly driven to be productive
- never take a break from writing
- wear a Depends so you don't even need to take a pee break from writing
perhaps you should skip this post.
For the rest of you
1. Twisted Revision
What about doing some revising in a fun way? Try taking a Little Golden Book in a whole different direction, like what Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett did with Birthday Bunny. What began as a sweet story becomes something... well, you'll have to check it out and decide what you'd call it. (Even though Battle Bunny is quite twisted, I know my middle-schoolers will enjoy doing this activity.)
If you just want to laugh and roll your eyes as you read the pdf, enjoy. And then get back to your current writing piece.
However, if you need to do something different--for a brief bit of time--buy a Little Golden Book, and doodle, cross out and revise to your heart's content... and then get back to your WIP.
2. Menu Memoir
I know this is a lousy photo--it doesn't do the document justice--but what this writer did was find an image of ancient-looking paper, and did a "food memoir" on it. (The paper looks wrinkled and stained but in reality, it's flat and in perfect shape.)
A Nerinx teacher I worked with this summer created this, and I'm definitely going to do this with my middle-school students this year. It's set up like a menu, with pizza choices, domestic delights and international delicacies. It's a brilliant way of going down memory lane in a very unique way. Here is are a few excerpts from Sarah's piece:
Pizza: Street Vendor Pepperoni and Mushroom, random window, dubrovnik, croatia
Drive-through window on foot, Kevin paid in kuna, walked through time, ate where Game of
Thrones is filmed
Domestic Delights: Raw Oysters on the Half Shell, seedy beachside bar, jacksonville, florida
Slimy, briny, slurpy, gulped them down with hot sauce and lemon, laughed with
Robbie, he made me try new things
International Delicacies: Ham and Brie Crepe, street vendor, paris, france
Three minute crepe, oozing brie sticking to wax paper, sitting by the Siene,
feeling tres chic, fulfilling a dream
Probably you wouldn't want to toss aside the novel/article/essay/short story/poem you're working on to submit and dive full-time into a memoir like this. But you might enjoy working on a couple of menu items as a short-term diversion.
How about you? What is a way you playfully take a break from writing? Could you see yourself either revising a Little Golden Book or writing a memoir centered around food?
Sioux Roslawski is a wife, mother, grandmother, dog rescuer, freelance writer and middle school teacher. After finishing a novel-length manuscript and then dousing it with gasoline and watching it burn because it still stunk (after the third draft) she's now putting the finishing touches on a YA historical novel that she's super thrilled with. If you'd like to read more of Sioux's stuff, go to her blog.