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The Secrets to Writing the Best Holiday Stories Ever

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Have spooky decorations and giant grab-bags of candy put you in the mood to write a Halloween story? Or perhaps you’re skipping ahead to Christmas and writing a tale about the beloved Christmas icon, Krampus [2]? No matter what you’re celebrating, holiday stories are a treat for readers and writers alike. You may feel like you’re throwing your best ideas away on a story that nobody would want to read for eleven-out-of-twelve months a year. However, during that short window when your story is seasonally appropriate, it’s like the feeling you get when you dig your box of leftover illegal fireworks out of your attic on July 1. Here’s everything you need to do to craft your own story for whatever holiday you want:

[pullquote]If you’re not writing a Valentine’s Day story in a candy-heart font, what are you even doing with your life?[/pullquote]

photo by Michael Durwin [6]
photo by Michael Durwin

What’s your favorite holiday, and how do you plan on exploiting it for writerly and financial gain? Let us know in the comments!

About Bill Ferris [8]

After college, Bill Ferris [9] left Nebraska for Florida to become a rich and famous rock star. Failing that, he picked up the pen to become a rich and famous novelist. He now lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and looks forward to a life of poverty and ridicule.