We're now deep into the holiday season, and my life is getting pretty hectic. With so much going on in these festive months, it can be really hard to try and keep up your writing whilst still having the time to enjoy whatever holiday you celebrate.
With that in mind, I put together a list of five tips for keeping up your writing productivity during the holidays!
DISCLAIMER: I am totally not a writing expert and everybody works differently, but this is just what works for me.SET REALISTIC GOALS
For me, setting goals to strive towards is more motivational than anything else, especially if I get food or a book or some other treat at the end of it. But, of course, there's no point setting goals that you can't reach. If you know you're going to be really busy one day, don't tell yourself to write 10,000 words. It's just not achievable (unless you're some super-powered writing mutant, in which case go ahead) and you'll only feel discouraged if you can't meet the targets you set for yourself.
SCHEDULE IT IN
Whether it's a few hours or just ten minutes, try setting aside a fixed time every day to write no matter how crazy things get. This way you know you're going to get at least a few words written each day, and those all add up in the end!
WARN YOUR LOVED ONES
Okay, that sounds a lot more dramatic than it is. Your family/friends/whoever you may be spending your holidays with are probably going to be expecting you to spend all your time with them, so giving a pre-warning that you're going to be taking time out to write will definitely help to avoid any confrontation. Of course I'm not suggesting that you completely abandon your family...
WRITE FUN SCENES!
Nobody wants to have their festive spirit ruined by their own writing. If you're not somebody who has to write in a linear order, maybe skip past the scenes of death and torture and write something a bit lighter instead to keep yourself positive and motivated. If your story doesn't have any happy points, well, I'm afraid I can't help you.
It's a stressful time of the year whether you're writing or not, and there's no point getting yourself completely worked up just because you're not getting as much work done as you want to. Just remember that the festive season is supposed to be FUN, and there's absolutely no shame in taking some time off from writing if you need to!
Thanks for reading, and have a great Christmas/other holiday/December!