As the holidays approach, a lot of writers are probably thinking of taking a vacation from their writing. Maybe they consider their writing work and want to take a break from work, like everybody else. Or maybe they consider their writing a hobby, and they have no time for hobbies while they’re cooking for the family (a foreign concept to me, but I understand that some people do this).
I won’t be taking a vacation, for a couple of reasons. I have deadlines to meet—and deadlines make me happy! Also, I find the frenetic pace of the holidays winds up my brain and feeds my writing. While the rest of the clan lies slack in the La-Z-Boys in a tryptophan-induced slumber, you can bet you’ll find me outside in the sunshine, scribbling madly.
In January, when everyone hunkers down and gets back to work—that’s when you’ll typically find me reading a lot and sleeping late due to exhaustion and vitamin D deficiency. I’ll try not to let that happen this time around. Reading is fine, but I need to get one of those special lamps to avoid seasonal depression. I’m so much happier when I’m writing.
How about you? Does Thanksgiving signal putting on the brakes or full steam ahead for your writing?