Expectations are high. Chocolates and flowers. Jewelry and trinkets. Will this be the year?
It’s Valentine’s Day.
Or, as Helen Fielding wrote in Bridget Jones's Diary,
“Oh God. Valentine's Day tomorrow. Why? Why? Why is the entire world geared to make people not involved in romance feel stupid when everyone knows romance does not work anyway. Look at the royal family. Look at Mum and Dad.” ― Bridget Jones.
Here are out top ten reasons, in reverse order, why you should stay home and write this Valentine’s Day.
10) Save your hard-earned money to buy another journal and pen. Because you need more journals and pens. You’re a writer. Can’t have too many of those.
9) Because you’ll most likely be seated next to “that” couple at the restaurant. You know the one. They take Valentine’s Day way too seriously.
8) You’re much more comfortable in your pajamas than getting dressed up. Cozy up on the sofa with a bottle of wine instead and contemplate who you’ll kill off in your work in progress.
7) Avoid those awkward dates and the high drama that the holiday stirs up. Unless you like to witness the fights as fodder for future novels.
6) The noise and crush of crowds isn’t your scene anyway. You’d rather be squirreled away in your writer’s den, creating noisy, boisterous crowds for a new scene in your novel.
5) Get some quality time with your furry, four-legged love. Your four-legged friend is much better company anyway.
4) Because you think Valentine's Day should be reclaimed, and doing what you'd normally do helps restore its true identity. Which is Tuesday."
3) “I need to work on my novel” is a great excuse to avoid the crass commercialism of a made-up holiday that was only created to line the pockets of greedy corporate pirates.
2) You can dive into that 5 pound package of exquisite chocolates in the privacy of your home without the guilt and shame of looking like a little piggy.
1) You have a more intimate relationship with the characters in your novel than any real person. You’d rather spend your time with them.
What’s your No. 1 reason?
Let us know in the comments below why you’ll be staying home this Valentine’s Day to spend quality time with your work in progress.