1 - People watch
Watch how others interact. Observe their body language. Note appearances and characteristics you’d like to use in your next book.
2 - Interact with people
Talk to people. (You’ll be talking to them anyway!) Ask them questions. Find out about their pasts, hobbies, and experiences. Use it as research for your next character or story.
3 - Notice settings
Take a good look at Christmas decorations. You may be traveling - an excellent time to observe new surroundings. What details could you use in your manuscript?
4 - Embrace the change of pace
The holidays always disrupt our routine. That’s okay. Let the differences refresh you. Let it be a vacation, even if only in your mind.
5 - Take photos
Most of us take photos over the holidays anyway. Like writing, it’s another form of creativity that can get us going. Take pictures of anything and everything that strikes your fancy - whatever inspires you.
6 - Schedule writing time
Take advantage of short breaks to jot down ideas. Reread part of your manuscript. Go over plot points in your head. But be aware of distractions and don’t get down if you don’t get to write.
The holidays don’t have to slow you down as a writer. Plan ahead and be sure to enjoy life, too.
Congrats to our IWSG Contest winners:
N. America prize package - Terri Rochenski
International prize package - Phil V. Ariel
Remember that the next posting for the IWSG will be on Wednesday, January 8th. We are skipping the first Wednesday since it falls on New Year’s Day.
I plan on writing during the Christmas break!
I set a goal to write fiction every day in December - so far, so good! But not all of it will turn into anything, like a short story. It's more about flexing that creativity muscle. :)
Thanks for making me feel less guilty about not writing as much during the holidays. :)
Great suggestions for story ideas.
With two weeks off I'll sure have plenty of time to write
Nice tips. I also carry around a pad and pen incase I get a good idea. I can jot it down and look at it later on. After all as an artist, you never know where the inspiration will come from.
Good tips. It's important to get out and experience as much as we can. It makes our writing that much richer.
Fantastic ideas. I'm hopeful I find time to write...but somehow, I doubt it.
These are really helpful suggestions. Life feels so different this time of year - and it gives us loads of writing fodder if we take it all in for that purpose.
Thanks Diane for the post! Very helpful as I'm writing like a Mad Man through the holidays.
Best wishes to you and yours and have a healthy and prosperous New Year!
Kill two birds with one stone. Have lotsa fun while remaining in "writerly mode".
Hello, I'm new to this community and am looking forward to becoming a part of it. Love the black cat photo! Great suggestions for ways to wind down the year, too. Thank you, and happy new year!
I hope some of these suggestions helped everyone last week.
Good tips for the holiday season for the writers.
OMG! Thanks for the International Prize Package. When Alex intimated about this win, I was overjoyed, thank you so much for this note.
Sorry I am a bit late here. Keep informed.
Great checklist! Thanks and Happy New Year, Michelle.
This is a great checklist! I'm definitely planning to write more over my break.
Happy New Year!
Hope this helped everyone!
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