Last year I expected my writing time during December to be limited, but I never expected it to be non-existent. With all the present buying, wrapping, food shopping, parties, dinners, New Year celebrations, the 31 days of December, and early January, became a black hole of non-writing. In the face of such overwhelming opposition, my writing just didn't have a chance.
I’ve made the decision to not let this December meet the same fate, and have drawn up a plan of action:
- Write a Christmas present list six months in advance.
- Buy several presents each month from July through November.
- All presents to be wrapped by 1st December.
- Buy ready-made, where possible.
- A ban on buying Christmas magazine specials, thus avoiding comparing myself to their perfect visions of Christmas.
- Learn to say no to some of the invites - how many £11 set Christmas meals can a person eat in a day, anyway?
- Agree with myself in advance that the two weeks of Christmas/New Year will be writing free, and that I will not feel guilty about it.
- If all of above fails to free up December writing time, agree to do NaNoWriMo next year as a form of penance.
Do you have any tips for fitting writing into the festive season, or do you just know December is a non-writing month?