How to Write in the Holiday Season

It’s about that time again! Decorations are appearing in every window of every house, families are beginning to gather more and more frequently, and despite the days growing darker and the weather growing worse, a light is lit in people’s eyes as we head into the joyous holiday months! From Halloween to New Years, two months of the year are spent consistently in Holiday spirits. This is usually a time to eat lots of good food, enjoy celebrating on multiple occasions, and even more importantly, spend time with the people we love.

However, with multiple holidays, more time with family and friends, and many other things that get in the way of our normal lives, many of us writers may struggle to figure out how to navigate our schedules and still manage to write during this time. Today I have a few tips on how to best maximize not only writing during the holiday season but also making sure to maximize rest and relationships! Let’s dive in!

Tip #1: Write more on the slower days!

There’s one amazing advantage we writers have in this time of decoration, joy, and cheer. Lots of plans, schedules, and other day-to-day responsibilities slow down for the holidays, allowing for more rest days, quiet days at home, and fewer responsibilities weighing on your back.

If you’re a writer, then absolutely use some of this extra quiet time to get writing done. You’d be surprised as to how much writing you can get done by setting aside thirty minutes in the morning before the rest of the day progresses. With fewer expectations and busy days clouding your mind, try getting into a good writing habit, writing each day and letting the words flow! But if there are a few days here and there were it’s just too busy to write, don’t stress! It’s about general, faithful consistency, which doesn’t necessarily mean never missing a day here and there.

Tip #2: Prioritize time for family and rest.

Though I could say, “You have a less busy schedule during the holidays. Do nothing but write!!” I would be very wrong! If writing is the only priority you have, then let me be the first to say that you have a very unbalanced life, my friend! 😉

The holidays are not only a time to focus on writing, but it’s also a time to slow down your own personal work and make sure you’re spending time with your family and friends, and in a whole, just resting! Rest is incredibly important. It helps you avoid burnout, refills your creativity, and keeps your body functioning at its highest level so you can continue to be productive for many years to come!

So don’t only write. Rest rest rest. Build your relationships with your family and friends. Eat some of that good holiday food! Watch a sappy Christmas movie. Play a board game. Rejoice in this time to slow down and recharge.

Tip #3: Refill your creative well with the holidays!

This might sound similar to the tip above, but it can be very helpful if you do this mindfully! While you’re spending time with loved ones, trying a new type of food you’ve never had before, going to see a Christmas play or anything of that sort, you can be refilling your creative well. You can store away new information about people and places, observe dialogue, and even consider how you would describe the smells of a thanksgiving dinner in order to sharpen your writer’s brain and refill your well with new ideas and skills!

Ultimately, take advantage of these couple of months to spend time with family and friends, eat good food, sleep, and if you can, keep writing. But the most important thing in this life is relationships. And if we’re not experiencing anything but sitting in our rooms and writing, what will we know to even write about?

And there we have a few tips and tricks on successfully writing and recharging in the busy holiday season! I hope you found this post helpful, and I wish you a very wonderful holiday season, my friend!


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6 thoughts on “How to Write in the Holiday Season

  1. Thanks for the tips! Writing has been a rare occurrence for me since the semester started, but I picked it back up this week and fell hopelessly in love with it again. So I shall be implementing these tips 😉

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  2. Ahhh! I love the banner image for this post!! It’s so Christmas-y 😁🎄
    These are excellent tips and reminders, especially about making sure family and rest are a priority in this time of year!

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    1. Haha thank you!! Yes, as soon as I saw that photo I knew it was perfect! 😀
      I’m glad you found them helpful! Rest is definitely a good thing to prioritize during this season, so I wanted to make sure I didn’t leave it out! Thanks for reading and commenting, Allie!

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