With the holidays in full swing, I’m finding it hard to calm my mind enough to get some good writing done. There’s always something nibbling at the fringes now, reminding me I have something to do that I need to get done RIGHT NOW—shop while my kid’s at school, mail a package before the postal deadline, stop by the store for Fritos and dip for the office party.
My regular writing schedule is shot to hell. But I’ve still managed to peck out a few pages a day. Not enough to match the NaNo pace, but enough to make me feel like I’m still hanging in there. I’d thought I’d share a few of my tips for squeezing out writing time at the holidays.
1. Mini sessions.
My writing schedule is shredded by holiday demands. So when I get 20 minutes to myself, I grab my Alphie or a 5×5 notebook I keep in my purse, and hack out an outline for a scene. This outline then becomes the basis for a full-blown session when I get the time. It’s amazing what can come out of outlining. When my mind’s unquiet, the outline provides the framework, and I’m able to hang enough dialogue and narrative on it to flesh it out and make it something.