Blogger: Mary Keeley
Our offices are officially closed for the Christmas holidays until January 3, because like you, we need time to focus on our families. I posted the following blog last year at this time, and it’s a worthwhile reminder again this year.
Let’s face it, all things Christmas are demanding our attention, and rightly so. You’ve worked hard at your writing career this year, and it’s time to enjoy your accomplishments and put the year’s unfinished goals aside for now. Unless you have a contractual deadline to meet, give yourself permission to adjust priorities for the Christmas holidays.
Easier said than done, you might think, because writers are told they need to write every day. But this season is different. There is purpose in Christmas downtime. Remember the many times throughout the year when your family supported you by doing the laundry, accepted microwave dinners with a smile, ran your errands, all the while understanding your semi-attentiveness while you were researching or writing? And what about relatives and the friends in your real life who have been relegated to the back burner too long? This special season is the right time to switch gears and gift these VIPs with your full attention and love.
First, clear your head. Step away from your computer and, dare I say, away from all things having to do with books and the publishing industry. Our blogs will be either short greetings or reposts of past popular blogs, so if you can’t check in every day, you don’t need to be concerned that you’re missing new information.
Indulge in your favorite Christmas movies without feeling like you should be doing something more productive. This IS productive. It will help you to wind down so you can give yourself fully to those who are most important in your life.
Take time to visit an older relative, friend, or a lonely person in a retirement home and listen to them reminisce about life and Christmases past. You might be the best Christmas blessing they receive. And who knows, their stories might inspire book ideas you to jot down to develop after the holidays.
Unplugging from your writing life for this short period of time will pay off in your writing life. I guarantee you’ll be excited to get back to it in January. And you won’t feel any nagging pinpricks of guilt and remorse over lost opportunities with the people who matter most.
Embrace your Christmas pause. You have permission.