This post is the second in a three-part series on how to stay on track with your writing during the holidays. If you missed Write During the Holiday Tip #1 (Gift Yourself), you can find it here.
A rather radical proposition, I know. But this year I've come across a few families who are planning to "create, not consume." They'll skip the malls altogether in favor of crafting and creating their own holiday gifts.
Their reasoning? Saving money. Spending "slow" time together. Creating new holiday traditions and memories.
How could you apply "create, don't consume" to your writing life this holiday season?
Take the idea literally, and you might...
- write a poem or heartfelt letter and gift it to a special friend or family member
- write and produce a simple video script using your laptop or desktop computer
Read the concept as a metaphor, and you could...
- put a time limit on your holiday shopping (both online and in the stores). Do this mindfully and I'd bet you could save yourself at least one weekend day.
- invest the time you save back into your writing by devoting an afternoon or a day to sending out new queries, working on your fiction or working on your book proposal
Find ways to create a holiday experience that's meaningful to you.
If a slower, more inward holiday experience appeals to you, see how you can slow things down for yourself and your family this holiday. If you're someone who loves the holiday bustle, enjoy it all but deliberately counter-balance the energy you're spending "out there" with several deliberate writing sessions each week.
The real tip today is to be intentional. Take a little time to consider which holiday commitments and activities support your goals and vision for your holiday. Then invest your time and energy in having fun AND honoring your writing.
I'm here to support you.
What do you think? Leave your comments below. And stay tuned for the 3rd and final "How to Write During the Holidays" tip - coming soon.