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Avoiding Family Engagements via the Crazy

So the long weekend approaches and I'm sure your family has already started dropping hints. Family time, they say. Time to catch up, they say. Time to partake in joint familial activities. If you're family is anything like mine they attempt to lure you into said activities with coffee and bacon. Maybe even home grown mint tea. (Yes, all of those are my mother. Yes. They always work. Always. She also does this thing with her face shouldn't be allowed okay?)

But I am here to help! You have three glorious days ahead of you that you can use to write. Don't let the family bribe you out of your closet of writerhood, don't let them guilt you into the sunlight. Here are a few pointers that will help you WRITE ALL THE THINGS*:

  1. Prepare your coffee the night before. Maybe even move the coffee maker into your writer-ly space so you don't have to go into the kitchen. Avoid the kitchen guys. This is their first wave of attack -- they'll be frying and baking and you'll say oh just one bite and before you know it, one bite is six hours and you're bone tired and can't write. In summary: no kitchens.
  2. Stock up like you're getting ready for the zombie apocalypse, okay? Snacks, coffee, tea. Get an electric tea kettle. You only leave your writing zone if you want your writing streak to die.
  3. If you're a student, don't feel like you can't use that to advantage. If your parents come knocking for some parent/child time, just yell this term paper is due on Tuesday, don't you care at all about my future?! It will work, and your parents will also feel guilty and give you at least three hours of uninterrupted work time. Which you can use to Tumbl. 
  4. When all else fails build a fort out of books. Most people won't want to touch the mental process linked to that with a ten foot pole. That, and if you have to resort to building a fort of books you probably look a little crazy. Trust me. People will leave you alone.
  5. And if all else fails: 
I would practice the hissing, though, before you actually do it. It could be off putting (which you want) or not and lead to uncomfortable questions.
*I'm mostly kidding about these. I've definitely pretended my MS is a term paper, though. Sorry Mom! <3
Somaiya Daud

Somaiya Daud received her BA and MA from a university in DC in English. She is currently working on her PhD. When not writing or studying, she spends too much time on the internet yelling about comics and robots. Her first novel, Mirage, is coming 2017 from Flatiron Books.

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  1. You're right, and I've definitely had these same thoughts. It's hard, because I love spending time with my family and feel bad holing up in my room while they're spending quality time together outside. Needs must, though!

  2. I made my Valentine's card at school! If my scanner doesn't work, I'll use my iPhone so I can be in the blogfest tomorrow.

  3. LOL You crack me up. NO KITCHENS. I figure this is a perfect excuse to load up on Twinkies and Oreos. That can sustain you for a few days, can't it?

  4. lol This was hilarious. I'm totally making a book fort now. :)

  5. Wow that made me laugh. Thanks for sharing.

  6. The MC in my YA novel made a book fort. It seems book forts are great places for escaping your family - inside and outside of books!

    You're right about the kitchen. Just say no!

  7. Awesome. This method might be harder with two toddlers in the house, but I'll still give it a try.... ;)


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