This week is Thanksgiving in the US. The Canadians are already done and possibly have finished digesting their Thanksgiving feast, and I know the Japanese don’t tend to celebrate Labor Thanksgiving Day with food. It seems to be more about napping. But the Americans are going to be busy with prep work.
The bird should be in the fridge already, slowly thawing. The shopping should be done. Cranberry sauce can be done up three days in advance to allow for the flavors to meld, and pies are tastier when they are at least a day old. Thanksgiving Day will be a blitz of baking, boiling, mashing and mixing, but the smart cooks will be doing what they can now.
Writing is a lot like that, too. It’s a good idea to take some time to research, whether it’s 19th century masquerade costumes, or the technology today that’s going to develop into some future science. It’s a good idea to pre-write some scenes or characters – it’ll help direct your research. And of course, taking care of your brain by giving it good food, more blood through gentle exercise, enough sleep, proper rewards and just a touch of deprivation is some very important prep work. Vitamin D is probably a good idea this time of year, too.
And then it’s time to blitz. To spend an hour or maybe two just sitting and writing. Hacking through the fields of doubt and ambiguity to reach the proper vantage point, where it all is laid out, clear and ready to put on the page. Or at least today’s scene, today’s paragraph is clear and strong.
(-: Time to take my own advice. The prep work is done. Time to create a feast of words.