The holidays are always a busy time of the year for most of us. There is often much to do at our jobs, we have our own personal list of things to do during this time of year, and in between the decorating and shopping, it can be a difficult time for writers to take a breather and get some words on paper. If you do get a few moments where you feel the need to write, let the season be your inspirations. Here are a few ways to get some ideas:
Use the weather – some of us experience the change to bitter cold. It can leave one in a desolate state, while some may love the sight of winter’s fury. Use those emotions and visuals to write about how the weather affects you. Convince us why it’s best to appreciate the tropical weather in the south or give a description of a winter wonderland to those who have never seen snow in person.
Traditions – share some of your traditions with family during the Christmas season. The world is filled with a blend of cultures that all have different ways of celebrating. Tell us about some unusual gifts, food, or ceremonies that you have experienced. What are some unique decorations or events you have seen during this time of year?
Stop Time – When you finally get a moment to relax, stop time and observe all going around you. Sit at a bench in the mall and write about the way people behave as they shop. Look out of your window and paint your reader a scene of your neighborhood. If you are on vacation, take note how that particular place celebrates the holidays.
Taste Tester – Eat and drink thinks you would never usually try during the holidays. Find a friend or neighbor that make non-traditional meals and tell us about the experience. Search an unusual recipe you would like to present at the dinner table, and write about how others reacted to it. Try creating your own concoction – a new cookie or a tasty punch. Give readers a recipe to savor.
Escape – If the holiday season is too much for you, write about the ultimate escape during the shopping chaos or that boring family celebration. Tell us about the ideal place you would like to be during Christmas. Create a fictional Christmas tale if you feel inspired.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, Devour Me and Charcoal Kisses.
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