Writing during the holidays
Normally, in the Hamilton household, December is the time when you relax a little and get a breather between the fall school activities and the spring school activities. Except this year.
You may have heard that I ran in this minor athletic-type competition, which took some training. And then there was a mess of other stuff that normally doesn’t happen and work’s been kind of a butt lately.
But with the holidays, I might actually get a chance to do some writing, which might make me unique, what with all the parties and family and friends and travel and such. So here are some good tips for squeezing in some writing during the holidays:
- Write while you travel. This might be a little easier than it used to be. I’ve tried writing with a pad on an airplane before. It was this really incredibly good scene–probably the best thing I’ve ever written. Unfortunately, I couldn’t read the stupid thing when I was done, so it’s like it never happened. If you have a tablet or a laptop, though, you can get some writing done on the plane, the train, or the automobile.
- Avoid the airport bar or the hotel movie channel. Part of holiday travel is downtime. If you’re laying over at the airport, that’s a great time to squeeze in a little work, rather than throwing back a couple cold ones. And if you stop for the night in the hotel, while your loved one(s) turn on the TV for channels you don’t get at home, you can plug in some headphones and block that out and do some work.
- Lay off the grain and fruit-based beverages. Champagne is a Christmastime staple in our family’s tradition. But it also makes for evenings where anything I write is worthless and mornings where I’d rather sleep or drink cold caffeinated beverages. Or you could just indulge every other night or every third night.
- Get up early in the morning and squeeze in a couple hours while everyone’s sleeping. Hey, it works the rest of the year, right?
- Take advantage of New Year’s Eve. As writers when it comes to alcohol, we’re cut from the same cloth as Ernest Hemingway. We don’t need amateur night. Besides, the ball’s gonna do exactly what it does every year. And there’s gonna be a ton of people there to make sure it does. Your presence isn’t required.
- Ask for a little writing time as a Christmas gift. Hey, money’s tight this year, right? What better gift request than something that costs nothing?
Not all of these ideas will work for you. Most of them probably won’t. But if you can apply one or two of them, you might not have to start from scratch again on January 2…after you put up all the holiday stuff.
What approach, if any, works for you in getting some writing in over the holidays.