I have a love/hate relationship with holidays. On the love side, summer holidays enable me to engage with new experiences that work their way into my writing sooner or later (I call it experiential research). In fall/winter, I see family and friends more often and connect through annual cards with the people I don’t normally see from year to year. I recall and reflect on past experiences that also work their way into my writing eventually.
On the hate side, I eat too much after swearing I won’t and, more importantly, watch my writing practice slip off its organized rails. During summer, I travel and I collapse with sensory overload at day’s end. In winter, I either juggle social gatherings or nest.
Determined to keep up my writing practice this fall, I signed up for NaNoWriMo. Writing 50,000 words in a month should keep me moving. For December, I’ve already written an “appointment” in my calendar and set an “alert,” not one, but two. This year, I’ll see if it works.
I have long advocated a daily writing practice to my creative writing students and I’ve argued that you can accomplish a lot, even in as few as 15 minutes a day. The trick is to put in those 15 minutes, no matter what the season.