Well there is time yet.
As an FYI, this post was drafted almost 11 months ago. I publish it now to inspire all children all over the globe to be creative and impulsive (cough cough) and follow there dreams and all that great stuff.
**Also enjoy all the food and wee hour shopping and holiday music (and if you are in my area, hunting) this break. Yay!**
Here we go, twelve easy steps and only a bit of scrolling:
Step 1) Create an unorganized, unplanned poem, while procrastinating on a school night in November. Take little care to rhythm, punctuation, or the content of this poem. Reflecting I didnt understand half the emotions I weaved in when I wrote them. But still they were born.
Rain fell on the windows
As if it never rained before
Loud and sharp
And I closed my eyes.
An owl cried out nearby.
And wind howled through the trees.
Silence I requested.
I opened my eyes and saw
Step 2) Post it on tsu ^^ with some hashtags for good measure. Get a compliment in a reply, making your day a little better and the guilt of distraction a little less. Thats always a plus.
The comment: Only always. It really does help. That was good, you're incredibly talented! Would you mind reading my recent poem and letting me know what you think? Thank you!
Step 3) In December, come across a blog post announcing a winter writing contest, from December 1 to December 31. For the highest probability of winning, it should be 10:12 pm on December 31 that your browser loads the page. In my case this was precisely accurate so I can say this method has pretty good odds for your success.
Step 4) Look at all the other entries and see that people are writing poems not stories and they are about snow and wintertime and a hooting owl. Decide you will cover all three. Oh, and while your at it start writing the poem, of course!!! Time is running out!
Step 5) Madly search through tsu feed for the poem you wrote in November. Of course, because you had been maxing out at 32 posts per day every day.... this takes a while. However, it had something to do with weather, as you recall so the thousand plus posts of scrolling are worth it. I think.
Step 6) Tie in that poem into your new half written, and largely contrasting, one hoping that the contest host isnt also looking 1000 posts back in your feed. Tell your sister to leave the room, "I really want to concentrate". Let her go to her room and do not feel bad when she falls asleep before midnight on New Years Eve. This is part of The Plan to win.
Step 7) Search Pinterest for the below appropriate image, another image of the countryside, and then pull up the photo editor to make some sort of collage along the diagonal... and then scrap the idea of playing with images because you know you would play with color and contrast and see what happens if you add hair dye or lipstick to this area or that area.... and get distracted. This is a writing contest, after all.
Step 9) Cut all 26 periods and the 3 apostrophes in the poem you wrote somewhere about Step 6, because those are bad, coloring too much in the lines and thinking in the box. After all, all the best writers ditch logical grammar and punctuation and no one complains. Along these lines, quickly add in some nonsense.... its like abstract art, the stranger and more undefined, the more the price value. Mine made a metaphor of "The City" but please, please dont ask what it is a metaphor for. Discuss instead, like a highly priced piece of art.
Step 10) Throw the now finished poem and image madly into a Wattpad story and comment the link onto the contest page. Preferably, twice. Finish at 10:43 pm.
Time Elapsed: 31 minutes.
Step 11) Finish writing this post about winning the contest 6 days before the winner is even announced, and for good measure before midnight. Meanwhile, wonder what time zone the host-blogger is in and if you unknowingly missed the contest altogether, lol.
Step 12) When the winner the blogger chooses is announced and you are NOT that person, give yourself your own award with this website. Especially when it turns out that the blogger hosting the contest knows the other blogger who won.
^^ That website has a wee bit of cursing. It gets on my nerves and I just wanted to warn you. I'm sorry about it.
Close enough, right?