Saturday, December 19, 2015

Writing During the Hectic Holidays #Round Robin

Topic: During the sometimes hectic holidays do you find it hard to find writing time? If not, how do you handle it with the expectations of others to visit and share time together? Or do you appreciate taking a vacation from fiction to enjoy time with family and friends?

Thank you, Rhobin for this month’s topic. 

Since my day job is in education, I have sixteen days of vacation (if you count weekends) during our winter break.  Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Sixteen days at the keyboard, a cup of coffee nearby, music streaming via my iPhone—I’ll whip that novel on in no time.

Oh, wait.  I have one problem.  Winter break lands smack dab in the center of the holidays, doesn’t it? 

Ah, gingersnap! 

Today, I snagged gift cards from the rack at Smart & Final while filling my cart with grocery items for a Christmas Eve Party and a Christmas potluck at my son’s house.  Later, after writing this blog post, I yanked dinner out of the oven, before leaving to view Christmas hula recital.  I was able to enjoy an array of Christmas lights blur by as whipped along in 5 p.m. traffic.  Yes, it’s holiday time!

An energy during the holidays (aka semi-organized chaos) seems to increase my creativity. 
How can that be?  Since I am an introvert, this is usually not the case.  I think it’s because good creative writing as always about people.  During the holidays, we spend time with people.  Since these people are talking about themselves, past events, feelings, and ‘festive’, it is more of an observation experience for a writer.  Paying attention to people during this time could inspire dozens of new stories, or at the very least, an interesting character or two.

Holidays transform people.  Christmas and Hanukkah are periods of liminality.  Liminal space is called the space between betwixt and between, which means that is a special time, a period when all transformation occurs.

Fiction is about the growth of a character.  We love reading about people who change.  I think we pay more attention to the details during the holidays.  Be it because we are reminiscing about our childhood, the moment before us we notice details and we recall details from the past.  We also recall scents and emotions.
To get back on topic-- do I find it hard to write during the holidays?

I think it is easy to write but in unconventional ways.  Obviously, while in the middle of a gathering I can’t whip out my laptop and begin typing.  I can, however, take a reporter’s notebook from my handbag and jot down notes.  Or, create a note or two via Siri on my iPhone.  Nevertheless, during the holidays I focus on enjoying my time with family and friends; on spiritual growth and on giving. 

Somehow, everything seems to fall into place.  I may not complete my novel, but my interrupted writing time always materializes and my muse visits me in my dreams.

Merry Christmas,


Please visit the participating writers for this month’s round robin. 

Skye Taylor
Diane Bator
Beverley Bateman
Connie Vines
Anne Stenhouse
Rachael Kosinski
Marci Baun
A.J. Maguire
Bob Rich
Hollie Glover
Rhobin Courtright


Skyewriter said...

I smile at your comment that 16 days break is going to be so luxurious. I used to fool myself that once the holidays were over I'd have more time for, then it would be after the spring sport season, then when summer gets here I'll have more time, or once summer actually did come and the kids were home all day, I'd tell myself there would be more time come fall when they went back to school, but of course, that meant the holidays were on us again. But the alternative to a busy life is a boring one so I decided I just needed to discipline myself better. Sometimes that works, sometimes not so much...

Rhobin said...

I understand and agree with so much of what you say. Sixteen days during the holidays only gives you time to for a few deep breaths.

darkwriter said...

It's a lovely post. And I found it interesting about being around people more and picking up on stories and characters and being more energized about writing.
Enjoy those 16 days of time off. Happy Holidays!