Be so ridiculously into the idea… you ring to secure your place so early on the day places open, the person you need to speak to isn’t even there yet and you have to ring back at a more sensible hour… and your name goes on the list.
Mark it as a hard deadline… write it on your calendar (every calendar!), let people know you’re busy that weekend and finish projects that might hamper your ability to concentrate for 30 hours.
Read up on how the Rabbit Hole works… and tips to get through it.
Consider what you’re going to write… then make a list if you need to. My list (penned this morning!) looks a little something like this and contains 42,000 potential words.
- The five opening chapters of my novel (10,000 = 10 hours (or one day in at QWC) These I have a rough sketch of in my head. I’m not discounting one of my novel threads might find insatiable traction and I’ll be lost in the medicratic city-state of Rosslin for longer than I thought I would.
- My June article for Write Anything, embarrassingly, outstanding. (1,000 = 1 hour) and perhaps next month’s articles to finally get myself ahead (2,000=2 hours)
- An unfinished horror short story “Elyora” that is beginning perhaps to be a novella (5,000 = 5 hours)
- A series of blog articles on beta reading (5,000=5 hours)
- The Shades of Indigo stories – one mystical one set in a lighthouse, a cow punk started as my Tiny Dancer story and a second jettisoned Tiny Dancer story about a possessed gun (6,000-6 hours)
- Several unfinished short stories – “Light Years” and “Don’t Forget Me” (9,000=9 hours)
- My actual Tiny Dancer story – I’ll just keep bloody writing until I find the best place to start and finish the story. (1500 – 1.5 hours)
- Then… well there are several guest articles I’ve promised around the webz. (min 3,000=3 hours)
Make a survival list… mine has on it food, music, caffeine, transportation and clothing (starts to feel like school camp).
Expand those lists out… and then tick them off. As I bash this out I have:
- cooked pasta bake and a collection of samosas, bought three blocks of chocolate
- decided I’ll take my tiny little tea pot along and organised tea to go with it
- bought new music, uploaded it and updated my iPod
- bought a new warm jumper, ensured my hoodie is clean and found my fingerless gloves
- checked the weather forecast, organised cash for my GoCard and worked out which days I’ll drive and which I’ll bus it.
- organised additinal cash in the event there are beers post writing.
This possibly makes me the most organised I have EVER been (well, since the days when my Mum organised everything and packed me off to school camp).
Get hooked in… find the social media hotspots and join, establish the twitterhashtag, write a blog post and assemble a virtual cheer squad
Bank sleep, because you need a clear head for a mad weekend… or in my case spend the week madly finishing huge projects, stay up late and lose sleep and then the night before have a succession of mad dreams because you’re too excited to sleep properly and hope you’ve woken up enough by the starters gun.
Prepare your equipment… organise and/or collect your files, diary, memory sticks, phone, ipods, earphones, pens, pencils, notebooks, lists and anything else you might need.
Secure the biggest water bottle known to mankind… and then remember to bring it with you (nothing short circuits the brain faster than dehydration – especially when you’re hammering the caffeine)
Find every other possible incarnation or mention of The Rabbit Hole… in case you’re short on talking material among strangers, or someone you know mistakens your 30 hours endeavour for something else. Just so you know, the list of Rabbit Hole references includes:
- a movie and a play
- a theatre ensemble in New York City
- a baker in Brooklyn
- an organic tea bar in Australia
- a porn platform
- a song by the Temper Trap
- a slang expression for having a trip
- a reference to depression
- something to do with finding a new world in an alternate reality game, and of course,
- Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (and Trevor Browns’ very naughty paintings of Alice for adults!)
Kiss good-bye your loved ones… take a big deep breath, close the door, disconnect from the internet and prepare to jump.
And if you’re staying home and joining the virtual team, you may need to make contingencies for actually clearing your home of unwanted distractions and preparing a space to work at.