Fitting in writing when you’re busy, such as during the holidays, takes discipline, motivation and a willingness to write at odd times.
I find myself caught up in the excitement of attending holiday parties, spending time with family and friends, and eating lots of food. So to get serious about writing, I have to treat it like a job.
Here are some ways to get writing and keep going:
- Buy a planner (even in old-fashioned paper form) and a new calendar to mark out goals for the year and schedule in specific writing days.
- Write daily, or at least a couple of times a week, selecting a specific time or place to write; i.e. keep office hours.
- Clock in the hours you write, both for accountability and to acknowledge what you’ve accomplished.
- Write for five or 10 minutes, using a notebook that you always have with you. Those minutes will add up.
- Stick to a schedule, but allow for risk and freedom and for imagination and play, so that writing remains fun.
- Write a writing action plan or goals for the year and check in every few weeks to mark your progress.
- Take a writer’s retreat, even if it’s in your hometown, setting aside a weekend to focus on writing (maybe as a reward for surviving the holidays or just before everything gets busy).
Writing can be a reward once you get started as you see what you’ve accomplished from getting words down, while also being able to engage in the holiday fun.