Monday, 7 December 2009

How to use your Christmas break to power your writing in 2010

If you're like me you're ready to take a break for Christmas. Whether you take the bare minimum or you're closing down for 2 weeks it will come as a relief after a challenging even though successful year.

So how do you make sure that you don't lose momentum with your writing over this period?
It's easy to lose focus whatever your ongoing projects but I believe with writing you can plan the holiday in as a positive time.

That's because to me there are 5 stages in any writing project.

  1. Research
  2. Writing
  3. Pause
  4. Editing
  5. Proofreading

It's the pause that we can use at Christmas or indeed any period you're away from your writing.

Robert Louis Stevenson talked about "my little brownies" by which he meant those unconscious promptings that happen to us. When we wake up and suddenly there's the next step in the project or the next chapter in our head just waiting to be written.

Wherever you are in your current writing project, as you move nearer your closedown, make some notes about:

  1. your progress (or lack of it),
  2. where you want your writing to go next and
  3. chose a couple of points you want to focus on.

Draw a diagram if that works better for you, but in some way give your unconscious some guidance on what you want to happen.

Then forget your work. Take pleasure in being with your friends and family.

If by any chance you receive nudgings during the holiday then jot them down in your notebook then they're ready for you to go back to them in the New Year.

You'll be amazed how fast your creativity will feed you results when you start writing again.

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