I don’t know about others, but I’ve always found December to be a difficult time to be a writer. Holiday parties, luncheons, dinners, and family gatherings can mess up a writing schedule. There’s gift buying, cards to be written, mailed, received, and read. When my children were young, my writing schedule had to be forgotten while they were on their winter break. Now that they and I are older, I’m the one who goes on a winter break. For at least a week in December my husband and I pack up our car and drive south for 1200 miles, then spend several days “reopening” our winter lodgings.
It took me several years before I stopped fighting all the interruptions that always occur in December. Early in my career I pushed myself to write every day. In a few cases it was because I had a looming deadline. Other times it was because I’d bought into the idea of “A writer writes every day.” I did make my deadlines, but I also missed some valuable time I could have and should have spent with my children and husband.
Nowadays I’ve decided a vacation from work isn’t a bad thing. Rather than letting the interruptions frustrate me, I’m inclined to view them as a time to let whatever I’ve been working on rest so I can come back to it with a fresh perspective. If I do get a sudden inspiration, I jot the idea down on a piece of paper and put that aside to revisit in January.
So, for whatever it’s worth, my advice to you is, unless you’re facing a deadline, enjoy the holidays. Get together with friends and family and have fun with your children.
Now, I’ve got to go pack. Five more days and we’re hitting the highway.