Monday, December 12, 2016

Falling Behind But Writing Through the Busy Season

It’s been a very busy week especially as we have gotten further into the holiday season. If you missed my post last week about writing around holiday busy-ness, you can take a look at it here. Hopefully some of those ideas I’ve put into practice will work for you other writers out there too. Still, my writing’s come to a slow-down because I’ve had a load of other things to do, yet I continue to work on my stories and that is most important: to write everyday even when you don’t feel like it. If you only do it when you feel like it, then you’ll never feel like it. Or, to put it more precisely, the days when you don’t feel like writing will out-number the ones when you do and so you will always come up with an excuse not to write.

A Little Nemo comic panel depicting a Santa's workshop exterior.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

I’ve been continuing to work on my novella averaging at least a page a day considering my full-time day job, and I try to get one to three extra pages in on the weekends. Plus I’ve been giving a little time to my current short story in which I’m developing the character interaction and working the characterization into the story. The photographic cover for “Circa Sixty Years” has been the slowest project in the last three weeks since it’s not actual writing but the marketing side of it and I’m first and foremost a writer. So I’ve been concentrating more on producing the stories themselves. I was hoping to have the photographic cover edition out by now for the holiday rush, but it may not happen until after the new year. If I get it done before the holidays I’ll definitely announce it here and at my Facebook page. So far I’ve gathered stock photos for it, but I still have to look for some more before I start cropping and pasting.

But this weekend was so busy with the Christmas shopping, decorating and visiting family I rarely see that I didn’t even get to see Arrival like I wanted too. I’m planning to see it this week sometime and hopefully read the short story it’s based on so I can have a review of both for you here next time. We’lll see.

Does the holiday season inspire you to write more or does it hinder you in your writing?

Until next time . . . 

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