Dramaquill's All Things Writing

December 27, 2007

How do the holidays alter your writing habits?

Usually all the prequel to Christmas (the shopping, baking, wrapping, socializing) are my excuses, or should I say reasons, for not doing as much writing as I’d like.  But the past couple of years I found lots of ways to make sure I found time to create.  Here are a few ideas for you:

 1.    Take a notebook with you when you shop and make sure to use
        a cart.  That way, while you are in line, you can jot down neat
        snippets of conversation, excellent character descriptions and
        ideas for new stories.

2.     Plan a coffee break during your shopping trip and while you sip
        a hot cup of cocoa or a mocha latte, write down a description of
        the coffee shop, what you are tasting, seeing, hearing…anything.

3.     Use a portable tape recorder and record ideas that come to you
        while you wrap presents.  Maybe one of the items, or the person
        to whom it will be given to may inspire an article or a story.

4.    I have an excellent memory for detail so when I attend a party or
       social event, I replay it the next day and jot down interesting
       conversations or characters from the night before.

5.   When baking cookies, cut out all the shapes at once and then, while
       each batch bakes, work on revising a chapter of your novel or
       make a list of good ideas for Christmas articles that you can sub
       out for next year’s magazine deadlines.

6.    Give up one TV program (60 minute length is best) and use it to
        write on one of your current projects.

7.     Plan to browse in a bookstore for gift ideas and while you’re there,
        check out the writing section.

Get creative!

I’m sure you can figure out lots of your own ways to steal some writing time over the busy holiday season.

And at the very least, make a new year’s resolution to write everyday…even if it’s only for 10-15 minutes.

Of course, I don’t have to tell you all this.  Anyone hooked on writing can’t go a day without doing it. 

Stephen King writes everyday. Do you?


  1. Thank you so much for this, writing does seem to take second place during the holidays. I now use baking time for revising, It is really quite useful to have a short deadline on that, otherwise it is too easy to overanalyze things. thank you again for the creative ideas.

    Comment by Aaleyah — December 31, 2007 @ 11:04 PM | Reply

  2. Good to hear that you liked my ideas. We writers are creative folks so we need to tap into that creativity when finding writing time, not just when we need a new idea or a new character.

    And doesn’t it feel good to do some revising and also end up with a home baked cake or something yummy at the same time?

    What sort of writing do you do?

    Comment by dramaquill — January 1, 2008 @ 9:13 PM | Reply

  3. Fiction, mainly of the horror kind, though seems like it would be at odds with your pleasant writing ideas. I find its best if I write just before company comes over, then I have a deadline of sorts, and won’t spent the whole day writing. What about you? What kind of writing do you do?

    Comment by Aaleyah — January 10, 2008 @ 10:28 AM | Reply

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