Writing During the Holidays

Wouldn't it be nice if it didn't feel like every single week we had a holiday? Days where we could just relax and write to our hearts content? Well too bad, those days are long gone until next year. From surprise visits to holiday parties, and everything in between, there's a lot of foot traffic in my house during the holiday season.

I'm going to offer you some slacker suggestions on how to create time for writing.

As lazy as could be.

My first suggestion is probably my most used. My wife knows, but it doesn't matter. It's not that I can't cook, I assure you that I know my way around a kitchen. No, I freely admit I'm just lazy.

Your supermarket right around this time of year has a wonderful array of items one can use to form your perfect lazy Thanksgiving. From lasagna (my family's usual tradition) to turkey, your local grocer probably has you covered for any holiday needs. And if they don't, there's always local restaurants that are more than happy to help you. You can even customize dinners to taste, though I admit that will get expensive. Still a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings for $40 gives you that much more writing time.

And if your family is one that is concerned with the”look” of a bought dinner, some careful plating can alleviate all worries, and leave no one the wiser.


Another option, if you have a large family, is to do a potluck. When everyone brings a little of something, then dinner should come together easy.

You have to sacrifice your writing time, and actually spend it with your weird uncle, but I believe it will give you more time in the long run.

Especially since you'll only be cooking one dish, leaving you plenty of time to write.

If you choose this route, might I suggest something easy. Rolls are always a simple choice that everyone loves. You can even buy them at the store.

Or make a good ambrosia with whip cream and fruit. Something simple, so you can maximize your time.

The kids can do it.

This was my parents choice, and it led to some interesting dinners. But it also taught me how to cook. They supplied ingredients and my sister and I supplied the work.

If you make your children do it, that just frees up that much more time to write!

#Disclaimer# If your children are too young, this just will not work. I suggest 12 at the earliest, that's when I started learning to cook for my family.

There's a million different ways to create writing time over the holidays. I only hope I've helped you free an extra moment or two for you to put ass to chair. After all, your story only gets written if you actually write it. Keep being awesome and #SupportIndieAuthors.

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