Recently, a writers’ email list discussed how we keep writing (or don’t!) during December. Some people change nothing this month, and others do no writing work whatsoever. Others tweak their routine.
I still have plenty of work I have to get done. Nothing optional about it. But I also have more social outings than I usually have, treats to make, gifts to order, drs’ appointments, a broken washing machine, and kids home from school for two weeks. What to do?
I’ve tweaked my routine in two ways. First, I gave up my early morning session that includes morning pages, blogging, reading other blogs, and reading at least five poems out loud. Now, I blog. That’s it. I had to choose between giving the other stuff up or giving up my two weekly workouts during the workday. I love both things, but this month, I need the workouts to keep me sane. I can’t wait to get back to the other stuff in January! I’ve also had to give up doing the Monday Poetry Stretch and other collaborative exercises I enjoy. Instead, as soon as I finish blogging, around 5:45 a.m., I either do holiday-related things that need doing or I dive into my work list for the day.
My second adjustment is that I’m hardly doing any real writing. I’ve got work-for-hire projects due, several revisions, PR work, web editing, marketing tasks, and lesson plans all on the schedule. But my head is too noisy and my schedule too packed for real thought. My real writing projects will have to wait for the new year.
With these two changes, I’m keeping up–barely–with my deadlines and to-do lists. What about you? How does your writing change during this busy season? Any stories or rants or tips to share?