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Holiday Survival Writing Guide – 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Holiday Writing Sanity

Holiday Survival Guide for Writers

By Marni – your Writing Coach

The 10 Do’s and Don’ts of Holiday Writing Sanity

Frustrated writer

  1.  DO Keep in touch with your writing.  Even if you are just thinking about a scene or a character.  Thinking is pre-writing and is crazy important.
  2. DON’T beat yourself up if you find yourself highly distracted.  There are lots of shiny things out there during the holiday season.
  3. DON’T beat yourself up if you find yourself in an emotional funk.          Sad Holiday Writer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Emotional funks like to dance around us during the holiday season.  Plus Aunt Martha always tends to say just the right thing to make you feel like a failure.  Acknowledge it and just let it pass.  The funk will leave and Aunt Martha will go home.
  4. DO decide to do something special to take care of yourself.  While rushing around and caring for others we sometimes fail to realize just how depleted we can get.  Your creative soul needs nourishing.  Sometimes the best thing you can do for your writing practice is to take a bath or a long nap – or the day off to do nothing.
  5. DO remember how much you have done the past year.  Why is it so easy to forget all of the progress we make?  Make a mental list of all you have accomplished.  You will be shocked at how much you have done.  (Remember learning IS accomplishing).
  6. DON’T assume you are all alone if you are struggling.  Know you have a community of people who care and are most likely going through the same frustrations.
  7. DO grab time to write if you see it.  If everyone rushes out of the house to go to a game or a good sale – jump on that free time.
  8. DON’T feel pressure to write if you are going on a vacation.  Over and over I hear from writers who plan to go to Hawaii or Mexico or wherever and they bring all their material planning to “finally finish the novel”.  Then they drive themselves mad because they really want to be sitting on a beach drinking a Mai-Tai.  Sit, drink, watch the sunset.  Writing will be there when you get back.

napping writer

9. DO talk to yourself with extreme kindness.  Treat yourself the way you would your best friend.  No shame, no blame, no mean labels or harsh conclusions.

10.  DO dream about your goals, dreams and hopes for your writing in the upcoming year.  Use this as a time to get excited for what is to come. (hint: a lot of good stuff is coming.)

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