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Tips for Writing During the Holidays

I know the holidays are always a busy time, and with all the preparation that everything requires, writing can sometimes take a backseat to everything that’s going on around you.

Something you might try is working ahead in your writing so you can take a break. If you have a certain number of words you like to write a day, try to write more on some days so you have a free day that won’t make you feel like you’re cheating yourself on writing time.

Another thing to do is adjust your schedule by a small amount, such as get up 15 minutes earlier a few days a week, and use that time for holiday preparations. Use one day to get all the presents organized in a pile and  another day to get the wrapping paper together and then another day to start wrapping. It might be slow-going, but if you break it into small amounts, it doesn’t feel so overwhelming.

Finally, ask for help with getting everything ready. Friends and family might be able to do some shopping or meal preparations that you need done, and that gives you the time to write that you would otherwise have to spend running errands.
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