Monday, December 07, 2015

Writing During the Holidays

Finding time to write during the Holidays season seems like a struggle. Can I slip into my office for an hour or so or should i be finishing my Christmas shopping? Get those decorations up? And all that normal household stuff like laundry, dishes, vacuuming. I was once a stay at home mom. When that was my job I took the keeping of the house seriously. Old habits die hard. If I see something that needs to be taken care of in the house, I itch to get it done. Not doing it is like watching a job you loved for many years, fall apart.  

Carving out writing time without guilt is always a challenge. Doing it with the holidays here is like living in crazy-land. I sometimes wonder if I should just put it on hold until January when we're trapped in the house by snow.

I need to find a way to get rid of the guilt. Being a writer with a day job is like having two full time jobs and only time for one. Still feeling the need to fulfill the responsibilities of a stay at home mom, make for full time job number 3.  Yes, my husband helps but he also has an hour commute to and from work. Since he's doing that two hour drive every day I don't ask him to  do too much housework. He has enough with yard work, home repairs/improvements, bringing wood in for the wood stove, and shoveling snow. He does his part.

Back to finding that time to write. It used to be easy. I used to get up and write at 6 a.m. before work. Lately, bouts of insomnia screw up that schedule.

 I think I need to make up a new schedule for all this stuff and writing. Help!

What's your writing schedule during the holidays? Do you go to your desk at the same time every day?


Charles Gramlich said...

Given my job, the holidays is one of the few times I do get to write. So looking forward to it/

Aimlesswriter said...

You're lucky Charles! Lately I've been feeling there's no time for writing. If someone else was telling me this I'd say "Make time!" Maybe it's time to listen to myself. Priorities!

Tobi Summers said...

I'd like to say being off from my day job during the holidays helps me make the time, but the truth is that I usually take the month of December off anyway because I'm burned out from NaNoWriMo. Maybe if you try getting out of the house to write? Bring your laptop/tablet/notebook to work with you and stop at Starbucks on the way home for an hour or two. That way you won't be distracted by all the work that needs to get done.

Good luck!