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It's Okay to Take A Day Off & What We Learned From Ferris

novel writing story tips storytelling writing community writing tips Oct 29, 2020


Some days it's just too hard to do anything, especially in 2020. 

Last week I hit a wall, and thus I skipped everything-including my blog which is a day late this week too. This is a big no-no in the business world but I'm only one person. 

I felt guilty about it all last week, all weekend, and yesterday when I literally crashed out for 8 hours in the middle of the day. 

You see, in life "shit happens" and I am one of those, like the great Cristina Yang in Grey's Anatomy who always says "I'm fine" even when I'm not. I won't bore you with the details but just apologize for being absent for these few days. I'm sorry, do you forgive me? 

NOW, let's talk about the importance for creatives to take a day off! 

It's important for creatives to take a day off. See, our brains work harder than normal people who don't create stories, art, etc., because no matter what we are doing there is that something in the back of our minds that is building. This can lead to a couple of different things. 

1. Exhaustion 

2. Writers/Creative blocks

So, I am giving you permish to take a day or week off if you need it. Even during NaNoWriMo---as long as you have a plan to catch up. 

Honesty here---last week I was so upset about things going on in my living situation that I did a couple out of character things. 1. I slept in my car in the middle of the day to get away from noise that has become like torture for me. There is nothing that can be done about it but it's here and it's wearing me down. 2. I broke down and cried and ended up not being productive when I was behind on many things, and 3. I let all of you down and my email list and everyone who follows me on social media. I needed a reset. 

Well, I got one. 

The good news is that now I am ready and refreshed. I will blog every Writer Wed like I used to AND I started something new for NaNoWriMo. It's called 

Letters for NaNo and it's FREE. You can find out more and sign up right here. 

This is going to be so much fun and I promise that I won't let you down, now that I've had my rest. 

You will get a note in your inbox from me every day of NaNoWriMo to get you to the finish line. Check it out


OKAY, now onto why Ferris Beuller's Day Off is so great and still popular almost 40 years later!! 

In my recent free PDF about writing a novel in a month WHICH YOU CAN GRAB HERE I talk about the three things you need to know before starting your novel; the WHO, WHAT, and HOW.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off does this perfectly. 


WHAT (happens) --he takes a day off (from school) 

HOW (does it end) --he has learned about himself and taught valuable lessons to his friends and family causing change. 

NOW, one could argue that Ferris himself doesn't do a whole lot of growth and every book on storytelling says that the main character must change in some way for a story to be good. I won't argue that, but there are exceptions. This is an exception. 

This story works on many levels. 

The characters are super clear and defined. We find out WHO they are by how we are introduced to them. We know WHAT they want too and their fears and concerns are also clear. 

Ferris--wants to goof off, he feels that he deserves more than he's got. Okay, he's a little spoiled. 

Sloane--wants to make Ferris happy

Cameron--desperately wants his father's approval 

Jeannie--wants Ferris to pay for his antics as she too feels like he gets everything. (great sibling characters there) 

Ed--wants to catch Ferris

Basically, all of the characters have external and internal wants. Most of the internal are about feeling worth something, being accepted, and loved. 

The movie is honestly one of my favorites and it changed my life. Literally, I changed everything about who I was after seeing this movie and realizing that I was taking life too seriously. 

This famous quote "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." is something that has stayed with me. 

The movie is really about growing up and also escaping reality. I suggest that you buy it and own it so you can watch it and study it over and over. 

Here is also a link to an article from ABC on the 30th anniversary. 

Now, I have a question for you-When was the last time you took a day off? I mean, no emails, no social media, no selling your books, nothing but fun? 

Schedule on now! You can thank me & Ferris later! 

XO Stephanie



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