What do many writers wish for in December?
Time to write. Support for their writing. Someone to cheer them on so they don’t give up during the wonderful holiday hub-bub.
I have two solutions for you this December. One is another challenge group. [See sign-up instructions at the bottom.] The other is a pair of fantastic articles on the subject.
Writers’ Holiday Survival
I want to point you to a couple of posts with suggestions for holiday survival in case you need and/or want to keep up your writing practice during December:
And it’s seven in the morning on January 1st. You got a haircut. You’ve just been for a run. You still have an hour before work. You feel incredible. You sit down at your desk to write, because this is the year, and it starts now. And you realize you haven’t written in six weeks and barely remember how. We all know the feeling, the feeling of not having written in a while. The feeling of not knowing where to start.
There are some great suggestions in this article for scaling back your writing, yet continuing a daily habit through the holidays. (NOTE: The challenge at the end of this post is designed to help you avoid this slump with our buddy system.)
I’d advise looking at the entire month of December this week. By now, you’ll already know your travel plans, most party dates and family events. You also know your goals. So you can see the blank spots in your calendar, and make a game plan. Just remember–go for achievable, not ambitious goals–you’re much more likely to stick to your schedule if it’s a feasible one!
December’s Holiday Writer Challenge
As readers of this blog, you know that we’ve had writing challenges in April, October and November. It’s no coincidence to me that those are the three months this year in which I accomplished the most writing. I even went over the 50,000-word goal at NaNoWriMo this morning.
And because I want to keep writing in December–and a couple of deadlines in 2014 demand it–I am going to run another challenge for the holidays. It will be scaled back, and it will be individual. In other words, YOU choose the goal you want to set for December. For myself, it will be two goals: (1) writing daily, even if it’s only for ten minutes, and (2) a weekly word count goal (undecided at the moment).
If you are interested in signing up for the challenge, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Holiday Challenge” as your subject line. In the body of the email, tell me the goal(s) you hope to attain by being part of the challenge. NOTE: I’d recommend reading the articles above before deciding on your goal for December. NOTE #2: The cut-off date for being added to the list is December 5.