Mardi Gras Message

In my homeland of Louisiana, Fat Tuesday is the traditional day to eat, party, and parade before the 40 days of quiet living ahead. I don’t practice Lent anymore, and I live pretty quietly all year ‘round, but old habits die hard. Today, I’ll eat some of the King Cake mailed to me by my mother, and tomorrow I’ll wake up as I do every day and do a writing sprint first thing in the morning. Laissez le writer’s life rouler.

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For the past few years, I’ve morphed my cradle Catholicism’s Lent habit into a blog project called 40 Days of _____. I have reviewed a book by a woman each day, asked 3 questions a day, and submitted one of my stories a day. This year, after much deliberation, I’ve selected worksheets as the blog project. After years and years of teaching online and face to face workshops, I have put together enough worksheets that, if printed, could wallpaper a house. Okay, a tiny house, but still a house.

40 Days of Worksheets begins tomorrow (Wednesday). Each day, I’ll post a worksheet on some writing topic: character, plot, inspiration, structure, creativity, mystery writing, etc. It will be scattershot—you won’t do in depth work on any one topic, but you can do a little bit of work on many topics. Not all worksheets may be helpful to you. Not all may apply to your work in progress. Some will be short—a single question. Some may ask you to do a day’s work. You can put as much work into the worksheets as you need or want. This is free, optional, and intended to help. Maybe you’ll even have fun.

Unlike my classes, I won’t be providing daily feedback. I’ll post each morning and go, so you’re on your own to complete the worksheets. You are welcome to provide feedback to me in comments.

Tomorrow we begin. Saddle up, and eat your King Cakes now if you’ve got ‘em.


Please note: All of the worksheets posted are my original work and intellectual property. I ask that you share the links on social media, and you are welcome to share the worksheets with your critique groups and writing friends with credit given. That being said, these worksheets—despite being posted on the Internet—may not be copied, distributed, or published as anyone’s work but mine. In short: sharing is good, plagiarism is bad.



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