At certain times of the year, it can be more of a challenge to get into a productive frame of mind. Here are three tips to keep you on top of your writing during the holidays.
Whether you are driving or boarding a flight to a holiday destination, there are hundreds of ideas to help with the setting of your story. Tap into your surroundings, engage your senses and always have a notebook ready.
Use family relationships for character development and dynamic scenes
During the festive season, unresolved family disagreements flare up. Use the opportunity to play the role of keen observer of both the verbal and non-verbal aspects. Complicated relationships in families is great fodder for a story and dinner table conversation can yield interesting information.
A Twist On Morning Relaxation
If the opportunity arises, make mention of your desire to 'sleep in' so as not to be disturbed. Then put in an hour or two of solid work in the privacy of your room, before you appear at the morning table.
Hopefully, you'll find time to write over the holidays and if not, indulge in some reading.
And most of all, find peace and joy in the season.
Believe 2019 will be great.
"May you have warmth in your igloo, oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart." Eskimo Proverb
The IWSG Administrators would like to thank you for your support. We wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We will see you again on January 2nd for IWSG post day when we announce the winners of the 2018 IWSG Anthology Contest.
Good tips there, As I shall be alone at Christmas no disagreements unless they are made over the pc.
Having just recently lost a son who lived abroad I welcome being alone to try to come to terms with my loss.
I wish you Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.
Using travel and family is fodder works for me.
Great tips! I am the quiet, observant one in any family situation. My family doesn't have very much drama, but my in-laws...! :)
Sneaky to claim an extra hour of sleep.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
Good tips! Now I'm imagining myself sitting somewhat apart, legs primly crossed, glasses perched on my nose and a pad and pen in hand, observing and taking notes of what's going on around me like a psychoanalyst. :) Somehow, I don't think that'd go over too well with my crew...
And a very Merry Christmas to you!
Great tips. Hope you have a very merry and loving holiday. Merry Christmas.
Some families could give you enough fodder for a dozen books.
Some great ideas there. We certainly have some 'characters' in our family to steal ideas from. Merry Christmas.
I'm hoping to read and write a lot, but we shall see! Happy holidays to you all and thank you for all that you do for us ISW's!
Valuable tips - especially No 3. Happy Christmas or whatever you celebrate everyone.
I think it's a great way to get in some extra rest, er… I mean quality writing time!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all!!
The use of family relations has given me writer's block. There's a scene I wrote, great scene with lots of action and drama... and I have no idea how to get my character back out of the thing. I'm debating a dream sequence, but that's not really what I want to do. I just... I really don't know the answer. If I had the answer, I'd be able to solve the issue that the scene is based on. Umm... whoops??? Ha ha.
Happy holidays! :)
I've done the morning writing time, and I've used travels to inspire me, even just driving around travels. I hesitate to use family members, though ...
Again, Happy Holidays! See you in the New Year!
Getting up early in the morning before anyone else is about and cracking on with my writing works for me.
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