Keep Writing Through the Holiday Season

Congrats! You’ve made it to another holiday season — and, subsequently, will most likely neglect your writing until Jan. 1. 

Don’t worry. With shopping, family get-togethers and gift giving, it’s easy to forget writing projects during this time of year. To make sure you stay on track through the holiday craziness, here are five tips to help you keep writing.

1. Carry a small notepad and pen. With this digital age, we tend to forget that we can actually handwrite with those archaic tools called pen and paper. So next time you’re in line getting your 6-year-old that toy that he’ll probably forget by his next birthday, jot down anything you think would be great in the book, article or essay you’re currently working on.

2. Write in short sessions. Many writers are prone to believe that in order to produce great writing, you have to write in prolonged sessions. Wrong! Don’t believe that you need eight hours a day to write the next Great American Novel. If you have a spare hour (or even 20 minutes), use that time to write a page or two of your novel-in-progress’ chapter, or do some light revision to your magazine manuscript. Before you know it, you will have made a heavy dent in your project. A little goes a long way.

3. Set a writing goal — and stick to it. Don’t wait until New Years to make a writing resolution. Make it now! Look at your calendar filled with office holiday parties, ice-skating and other festive activities, and pencil in some time for your own writing. During this time of the year, we spend so much time thinking of others, but rest assured that it’s OK to think of yourself and any writing goal you want to achieve during this season.

4. Go to the library. I’ve found that the best place to (briefly) get away from the holiday craziness is the library. It’s often quiet, there are virtually no distractions (besides occasionally Web surfing), and I’m surrounded by one of my many loves — books. Take your laptop or pen and paper (wink, wink) and scurry to your local library. Plan your visit ahead. The best times are usually straight after work or on the weekends.

5. Meet a writing friend for lunch. Go to your favorite eatery with your writer BFF, and discuss anything and everything that has to do with writing — and nothing to do with the holidays. Share your writing goals, revision tips, favorite new authors, how you’re coming along with your platform, and more. Seeing that friend will inspire you to carry on with your writing, even if you feel like putting it on hold during the holiday season.

Remember, no matter what time of the year it is, never overlook your writing. As long as you’re persistent, you’ll be able to finish your writing project in no time. And as always, whatever you write, have fun! Happy writing!

What’s your trick for getting work done during the holidays?

Tiffany Luckey is an assistant editor for Writer’s Digest and the Writer’s Market book series. She’s also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Cincinnati magazine and on the entertainment news site