Writing during the holidays can be a bit of a challenge.
Maybe you just finished November’s National Novel Writing Month of daily writing toward a completed manuscript, tiring yourself out at the fast work it requires, or you face a packed schedule of holiday-related parties, activities and chores.
Yet, you want to write and keep the momentum going. But writing, no matter if you’re extra busy or have a routine schedule, takes discipline, motivation and a willingness to write at odd times.
To get serious about writing, you may have to treat it like a job.
Here are some ways to do just that:
- 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.