I've so busy procrastinating working on my NaNo novel that I forgot to do the prompts. Ooops.
So without further ado, here they be:The Gold Mine of Failure
--Day 22 begins by pointing out that 3M's Post-It Notes began as a dismal failure. It took them four years to realize that the weak glue wasn't the problem; their preconceived expectations were. The card encourages you to remember 3M's "sticky situation" when your book becomes something different than what you had originally planned it to be.Limen-Aid
--Day 23's card tells the story of how "an anthropologist named Victor Turner added a new wrinkle to the discipline's canon in the 1950's when he wrote about the importance of something called limen." Limen is roughly translated as "threshold" and refers to those times when we are between two life phases. In these times when we are neither in one nor the other, such as adolescence, he wrote that energy and disorder levels run high. It tells you that you, the novelist, are now in a period of limen. It recommends that you "heighten the energetic state" by going on a writing field trip to a place where people are temporarily in "that fascinating state between departure and arrival," such as a hotel lobby, a bus depot, or an airport.Pressure Cooking
--Day 24 begins by claiming that procrastination gets a bad rap. It goes on to say that to take a project from start to finish, we need that sense of urgency and pressure that procrastination provides. It will feel dysfunctional when in the midst of those frantic all-nighters, but Baty sees it as a "functional way to minimize toil and maximize output. He goes on to say that if you've allowed yourself to fall behind on your novel, "you're just allowing the pressure to build, waiting for that do-or-die moment to arrive before you throw yourself into the book with everything you've got." There is one further note for all the procrastinators: "That moment starts today."Set-Asides
--Day 25 explains how archaeologists leave a portion of their excavation sites untouched for future generations, who might be able to learn more using new technologies that are not currently available. As you get deeper into your novel, you might discover that you have more good characters, ideas, and scenes than will fit into your current story. If so, make notes of them and then go back to explore later in future works.A Little Ambiguity
--Day 26 starts by reminding us that readers can have wildly different interpretations of the exact same passage in a story. Discussions can become especially fiery when an writer leaves a little ambiguity: did the main characters end up together or apart? "Or eaten by rampaging zombies?" As you head into your story's final pages, don't be afraid to "leave a little ambiguity" in it. Doing so means less work for you and gives your readers the "toothy satisfaction" of fitting those pieces together in their own way.
I'll try to be better about posting the final cards on their correct days. :D Until next time, happy writing and good luck with finishing to all still working toward their prize!
And as always, the cards and the kit can be found here:No Plot? No Problem! The Kit!