Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Writing Through The Holidays

This is a busy time of the year. Not only are we wrestling with Thanksgiving and Christmas, we also have all of the decorating, the shopping, the families coming into town, the kids being out of school... ugh! Now add in the fact that the house is probably becoming a complete wreck and this happens right before those random family people stop in.

And somewhere though all of this, you have a writing career to keep up.

I will tell you, the writing cannot simply be tossed aside until the start of the new year. If you do this, not only will you fall behind on your deadlines, it will take you a lot longer to get back into that rhythm you had going before "Turkey Day."

So, how do you maintain your writing career? The answer is surprisingly simply. Carve out a block of time each day that is "your time." Make sure that your family is aware of this and they are to be in charge of answering the phone, walking the dogs or anything else that might interfere with your creative juices.

You don't need to have 10 hours each day. Just give yourself 1-3 hours.

I know what you might be thinking. "But Scott, the house will fall apart or the kids will start fighting if I am not there." I hate to break it to you, but those dirty dishes are not going anywhere. If they sat there overnight, then they can wait just a bit while you get your head into the right place and that story moving along a bit further.

And the nice added benefit is that this block of time is a chance to decompress from that chaos outside of your writing space. When you finish your writing for that day, you will be ready to take on that next load of laundry!

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