I’m sure for many writers, the holidays provide the perfect excuse for procrastinating – but I’m here to persuade you to fight that urge!
Being at a new job with no seniority and not much vacation time accrued, I don’t have that worry this year – so I’m urging all the writers I know to make a concentrated effort to stay engaged with your current project.
At a time when many writing groups put meetings on hold until after the first of the year, I am making sure to schedule not just bi-weekly critique meetings, but also last-minute meet-ups to help not only myself, but those in my group to stay on track. It’s a lot cheaper than shopping!
And it’s a great time of year to write. Nature is a great inspiration whether you live where the snow is falling, and you stay inside with a warm drink; or if you’re like me, here in Florida, where every year we’re surprised when it hits 60°, but then we remember we can open our windows and enjoy that fresh cool air.
If you need a break from your current project, try working on a personal essay instead, and use this time of year as your starting point. Everyone has a poignant memory of this season. A personal essay is a great way to end the year too – a way to relive a great remembrance or a way to purge something once and for all. It can be whatever you need it to be.
So between shopping and cooking; visits with family and friends – don’t forget to indulge in what makes you the great, unique person you are –