2020 has been so weird, even for an almost 161 year old Vampire like me. My creative spark is fading, my kids don’t live here anymore. Sure they visit and we talk every single day but it isn’t like when they were in Middler School and High School and there was so much to say. There is still a lot of say but I’m having a more difficult time saying it. Also Halloween is weird this year. We’re having a pandemic and we’ve all been wearing masks for months before our favorite holiday.
Halloween is almost here so to get you in the mood here are some color-and-cut Halloween paper dolls I drew a while back.
If there is a spooky creature you’d like me to draw and dress let me know and I’ll add it to my cut and color collection. Seriously, I’d love to do it.
Werewolf and Mermaid
Have fun, wear a mask, talk to your kids, walk your dog, hug your cat, call your mom, check on those who are ancient or need extra help, call an old friend, write a poem, don’t be a dick, and kiss a Vampire.
Are you looking for something to do while you’re staying at home?
Look no more! Follow the simple guidelines below and write that best selling novel.
Plot: what happens
Pick up to two.
Boy meets girl. Girl calls boy an asshole. Girl changes her mind.
Girl is gets engaged. The guy she is engaged to is a dick. She meets someone else. Someone else is better than the dick.
Someone is murdered. Everyone tries to figure it out.
Someone goes missing. Everyone tries to find missing person. Missing person doesn’t want to be found.
Someone is in danger. They meet someone while in danger. They fall in love. The bad guy dies. They are soulmates.
Someone gets sick. Then they get better.
Someone lives on a farm and longs for another life.
Someone lives in the city and longs for another time.
Someone finds religion and doesn’t know what to do with it.
Someone goes on a treasure hunt but finds that bad guys are looking for the same treasure.
Man finds out his wife is cheating and moves out to the wilderness with his children.
Woman finds her grown children frustrating so she moves to Italy and falls in love with a dashing man her own age.
Rock star goes on a journey to find his long lost family.
Someone has something to hide but they aren’t doing it very well. Drama ensues.
Someone finds a lot of money but a bad person wants it too.
Someone finds a body under their house and decides to bring it back to life.
An invasion of frogs and the exciting conclusion
Crew goes into space and something goes wrong
A quest to find treasure or something. They pick up friends along the way and get into loads of trouble before they FINALLY find what they’re looking for.
Twists: unexpected and surprising events
Pick up to five
A big fat lie
A tall handsome cowboy
An unexpected visitor
They get back together
A love letter
Ending: what happens in the last few pages
Pick up to three
They get married and happiness happens
They get rescued
The killer is caught
The killer isn’t caught
They all laugh about it
She loses all of her extra weight and shows them all how fabulous she is.
The dog comes home
The long lost child comes home.
They find the planet
They find happiness right where they are
Revenge is applied and it is sweet
They are ok just the way they are
Pick up to three
A person who uses they/them pronouns
Brother Harold who solves mysteries in the Middle Ages
Supporting characters: people and other living creatures
Pick up to ten
The gay best friend
The sassy black woman
The Asian friend
The pale white friend
The other ethnic friend
The talkative child
The shy beautiful woman
A tall handsome cowboy
The sullen teen
The bully from high school
The mean boss
A rich female business owner
The man in charge
The best friend from college
The mysterious stranger
The lady detective
The hard boiled detective
An alien from another planet
The pool boy
A wise person
A super old granny or grandpa
The noisy neighbor
The poor guy who is really a rich guy in disguise
The female mechanic
The tennis pro
The hair dresser
The HUGE moose
An ape in a dinner jacket with an English accent
Pick up to two. It would be easier to pick one but there might be some crossovers.
Depressing introspective mush
An overly gripping family saga
Location: Where your story takes place
Pick up to six in case they want to move around
Near the ocean
Far far away
On the moon
I want to build my own world
In a well
Deep dark woods
An unspecified chocolate shop
A rabbit hole
A ship on the high sea
A ship on the low sea
A police station
Pick as many as you need but don’t jump around too much
Twenty years ago
American Civil War
English Civil War
California Gold Rush Era
A few years into the future
Way into the future
Back to the future
A long long time ago
Not Earth time
Chapters: Pick a quantity and stick to it
No chapters. Let it freely flow
Maybe a little
Nothing but violence
Look at your list. Put on your face mask. Go for a walk and think about it. Come home. Wash your hands. Leave your shoes by the door. Make some tea/coffee/cocktail/water then put your list in order and start writing.
WRITE WRITE WRITE WRITE WRITE.
You can do it!!!!
By using these easy lists, in two weeks at home YOU will have a best selling novel. Don’t forget to spell check and edit. Make sure your cover isn’t some crappy ass amateur thing. If you have a good cover who cares what is inside. Right?
Good luck. Have fun. Send links to your book when you’re finished.
Oh my gosh tomorrow is HALLOWEEN! Time is flying like bats out of a cave so I grabbed my pencil this morning and took a few minutes (a very few minutes) to sketch out a WEREWOLF and a MERMAID to help you get into the spirit of Halloween! So get out your crayons, felt pens or slap these babies into Photoshop and let the play begin!
By the way, one of the best things about being a parent is doing silly stuff like this for my kids and their friends… ok and my grown friends too. Happy Halloween!