My 60 point checklist for becoming a writer…

August 31, 2012

Someone just asked me what you have to do to become a writer. Here’s what I should have said:

have an imaginary unicorn friend, take your hands off the handlebars, explore stormwater pipes, grow silkworms, get lost in a forest, fly a kite, turn the lights out in a cave, get dumped by a colossal wave, eat hailstones, have a mud-fight, find a shark’s egg, rollerskate, save a baby bird, eat periwinkles, make perfume with rose petals and water and sell it for twenty cents a bottle, make butter by shaking the shit out of milk, break bones, have stitches, write eulogies for pets, first kiss, first love, have your heart broken, record a break-up mix-tape, break a heart, burn your diary, burn your bra, shoplift and get caught putting things back, pierce your own ears eleven times with a needle, dye your hair orange like Howard Jones, punch a bully, build a car engine, make stupid mistakes, run away, go back, leave home, go back, road trip, survive a bank hold-up, get knocked out by a bar stool, step on a snake, find out your friend is a murderer, get knocked out by an 8-ball, change career eight times in ten years, regret everything, regret nothing, have a baby, lose a baby, watch someone you love take their last breath, save a life, love someone more than you love yourself, feel wind, taste rain, touch fire, have an anthem for the memories you want to keep and one day give a hundred dollar note to a homeless person just because;

love, hate, laugh,



Then write.

But hey, that’s just me.

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  1. I won't ask if you've done all this, but how was your mind smart enough to think of all these things and write them in such a Vikki Wakefield way? ;)
    August 31, 2012 at 6:31 pm ·
    • vikki
      Truth is stranger than fiction, and in my case it's really wacked...
      August 31, 2012 at 11:49 pm ·
  2. Beautiful...and true. Can't wait to read Friday Brown.
    September 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm ·
    • vikki
      Thanks, Christine. Love your work. :)
      September 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm ·