This is my shameless request before we get to the topic: pick up a copy of The Other Mother at Amazon.com. It's on sale (only about $15) and there's free shipping for orders over $25 (you could get two...) I'd love to hear what you think of it, and it needs your support.
*spoiler alert*: If you're one of my students and you're coming to Just Write tomorrow, this is a topic we're going to use. I won't usually duplicate, but I thought it might add to the sense of community -- which is growing and flourishing thanks to you all, Queen, MJ, Amanda, Laura, everyone!
Here's the writing topic for this week:
Make a quick list of things you hate to do (scrubbing toilets, patching jeans, cooking pear pancakes, killing spiders, talking to a sales rep....)
Then choose one, and (don't read this until you have your list) write about quitting, in the third person. For example, "she stopped flushing the toilet when her husband forgot. Never mind that there was a yellow ring in the bowl, never mind that last time they went on vacation the lid was closed and a yellow ghost of uric acid tinted the bottom of the lid..."
Write for your choice of minute: 5, 11, or 18. Writing in 3rd person is to help stretch the narrative voice...not that you folks need much stretching...
I can't wait to hear all about it.