The Fourth Day of Christmas: A Writer’s Holidays

Meet Jayla Cruz, an awesome aspiring author, who’s here to talk about the holidays from a writer’s perspective.

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It’s the most wonderful time of the year

With the days getting colder and the darkness of time coming earlier, in the Northern Hemisphere that can only mean we are in the middle of winter. Winter brings a lot more than just the chilly air and the earlier nights. Around this time of year, the Abrahamic religions are celebrating their holidays and spending close time with family.

If you’re anything like my family, you either haven’t decorated or barely decorated for Christmas. I am at the point in my writing where I am trying to get a novel finished and find a new set of beta readers to start my second round of edits. If you are in any position of a writing process, you have the feeling of procrastination and the feeling of being overwhelmed while dealing with writing, school, finals, family dynamics, holiday fun and living. Writing is very much that all year round, but during November and December these feelings seem to be heightened for most writers. During this time of the year is when my energy levels as a writer at an all time low and I lag in getting writing done. Here is a look at the day-to-day life of a writer, during the holidays.

Mornings typically start off with waking up and trying to get to writing right away. While I don’t typically get to writing when I want, I typically start my day by going through and finding my inspiration. During the Holidays, typically Christmas music is playing, and it is really a good feeling type of atmosphere to write in. A few hours listening to the softer songs is amazing for the way my novels/writing usually go aesthetically. During these writing periods, there is also the constant call for help with decorating, wrapping, cooking or even just the parental units wanting to know why even during the holiday times I am glued to my laptop screen. This can really put a damper in writing and trying to conquer those deadlines you have.

By the time the afternoon and lunchtime are upon you, those three hours you have set out to write and that word count you wanted to match, didn’t exactly work out. Mostly because of procrastination, but it may have to do with having to participate in family holiday traditions. Lunchtime is a time for you to spend some time with your family and reflect on this time of year. This time of year, is particularly a time for families to be closer and reflecting on this time of year. With the holidays and the end of the year approaching it is time again for most families to reflect. Most writers try to use this time to write and participate at the same time. From experience, I feel that this time can be used as an inspiration for those good feel novels and even for those novels that have those hardship beginnings.

As the day continues, I usually try to get more writing done, but again am interrupted usually by having to go visit family or having to participate in other holiday traditions. Writing at this seems detrimental, especially because you are trying to write and please not only family responsibilities, but you are trying to please your personal expectations in your writing. I feel that especially during the holidays it is harder for writers to concentrate on their writing during this time of year. Writing during this time of year usually means that time is taken away from the family dynamics that come with this time of year. Writing becomes harder closer and on Christmas.

Writing on Christmas day is a whole other story (pun not intended), with all the celebrations going on. On Christmas Day, my family gets up at 10 and we start on opening presents and such. Much writing doesn’t get done in the early morning hours. After we open presents and start all the holiday postings of wishing everyone ‘Merry Christmas,’ posting about seeing everyone that afternoon at the annual Family Christmas party. Most of my writing gets done from noon to two and after the holiday party, when we are all tuckered out from the holiday party. Christmas Day for me is a challenging time to not only try to deal with my personal/professional expectations but it is the time that it is difficult for family expectations as well.

While this is just how I see the months of November and December, there are many ways to get around this difficult schedule. For many families, November and December are the times of the year that seem to be the most harrowing time to write. During this time there is that sense of having to live up to your priorities of family before wanting to follow your passion. Sometimes you have to put the writing aside, put those plot bunnies aside in your brain and just live life and celebrate with your family.

 

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