The easiest part of the holidays is taking time off and lounging in front of the television. With the little downtime I get these days, sitting in front of the television with my feet up is very enticing, indeed. Of course, there’s always that neglected story I started writing and let slip away. And then the guilt starts seeping in. You should be writing and creating rather than sitting here watching the 80th episode in a row of House Hunters. And so goes the dilemma.
While it is easier to just kick back and relax over the next month or so, I have decided to try a new tactic this year, and I encourage others who are also writers to do the same. Ay time I think about writing while I am in front of the TV or otherwise relaxing, I will get up, go to my computer and write a few sentences. It can be two sentences. Five. Eight. Whatever it takes to end a dialogue exchange, thought, scene etc. This way I am still writing and it only has to take a few moments of my time. Come the new year, I won’t be sitting there staring at a manuscript I haven’t touched since November.
So don’t give up, you can do it, live long and prosper, and all that jazz.
I’ll let you know how it goes!