Writing During the Holidays with Jennifer Honeybourn

When December hits, there’s so much to do to prepare for the holiday season that writing, much like working out, is the first thing I take off the list. If I can’t have more hours in a day, then something has to go, at least temporarily, and in the past few years that something has been my writing time. The Ghost of Christmas Past has shown me, however, that when I step away from a project for more than a few days I lose momentum. And once that momentum is gone, it is so incredibly hard to get it back.

This year, I’ve decided that my gift to myself will be writing time. Will it still be difficult to fit it in when I have presents to buy, parties to attend, a house to decorate? Yes. Yes it will. But I am determined to do whatever it takes to make sure that I get those words down — even if all I have is ten minutes to tap something into my phone while I’m waiting in line at the post office. It may only be ten minutes, but at the very least, those ten minutes will keep me in the story.

Part of my strategy is to put my intention out there — via this blog — to keep myself honest. Because I have been known to let myself off the hook, and I’m less likely to do that if I’ve announced my goal, which is: I plan to write every day in December. Every. Single. Day. What I end up with might not even amount to a full chapter, but it will be something. And getting something done — even if it’s only a small amount — obviously will always feel better than getting nothing done.

So if you are like me and need added pressure to keep you accountable, consider December 31st your deadline. Put your goal — whatever it may be — out there, either by telling a friend or posting on a blog. And then get to it!

The Ghost of Christmas Future will thank you.


Kate's Note:

I'm also one of those writers taking advantage of the holidays to get some writing done. I like your plan, Jennifer! It's the same thing I'm doing. We can do this!

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