Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dec. 16

Holiday time is difficult to get writing work done. Most agents and editors are dealing with vacations and end of year wrap ups. It is not a good time to send out queries. That will come toward the middle of next month. Writers are also busy with kids home from school, holiday celebrations to prepare for and attend. So unless you have a deadline-and some do-I suggest you make smaller goals for the next few weeks. Goals such as: reading one new craft article or blog. Creating a writing plan for 2010. Reading a book for enjoyment. Re-reading a favorite book with an eye toward character/plot and dialog. Or even go out with friends and listen to their stories. Use the time to fill your creative well with ideas and leave the worry about "accomplishing" something until after the holidays are over. Have a great day!


  1. I guess I'm lucky - most of my year is filled with speaking engagements & seminars, while I only had one at the beginning of this month and my next isn't until the end of January. So without the travel (and the fact everybody IS shutting down, so I'm not actively seeking talks right now) I've suddenly got time to write again!

  2. Have I told you how much I always love your advice? Honestly. Thank you!

  3. Good advice. I hope to use the time to get myself kick-started into the next third of my book! Still staring at it fearfully :)