by | Oct 31, 2016

“An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.” — Samuel Smiles

And, suddenly, it’s here. October 31. Halloween. The day before. You can feel it, can’t you? There’s still parties and Trick-or-Treating and last minute runs to the store for candy and all the other things the people do on this day if they celebrate. Enjoy all that. If you’ve got children, take them out, and if you’re at home, have a bowl of treats waiting by the door. For me, the giving of candy and exclaiming over costumes adds a very festive air to the proceedings and helps put me in an “up” mood.

Once the children have departed and there’s nothing left in the bowl except a few pieces (and the extra bag you bought “just in case” — I’m not judging), time to make one last check of your preparations. Give your writing space a final tweak so it is ready and waiting for you in the morning or at midnight if you can stay up that late. Even if you hang in only long enough to type “Chapter One” and a single sentence, it’s a nice feeling to have begun.

If your schedule is flexible, see if someone in your area is hosting a Midnight Write-In. You can socialize until the clock strikes, then spend some time writing before heading home. If you can’t get out, there will be folks celebrating on line.

However you mark it, the moment is finally here. We’ve anticipated and prepared. Now, let’s do this thing.

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