As I sit curled up on my couch and watch the snow lazily drift down, I can't help but be put into the Christmas spirit. Oh, wait. The snow isn't drifting down... it's actually hurling down in sheer forces that will knock you off your feet. And I lied, I can't actually see anything, because it's nothing but a white blur of wind and ice out there. However! I still find myself brimming with Christmas cheer, and refuse to let a little thing like snowfall warnings deter me. After all, it's not Christmas without a winter wonderland! Hopefully I'll be able to make it out my door come morning in order to enjoy it.
Two of the most important aspects to me for writing are music and location! For the former, I can write in silence if necessary, but I find it much more enjoyable, and productive, if I'm given the opportunity to listen to some tunes. I have playlists dedicated to separate pieces of work, and even artists that inspire a certain character. For as much as I love Christmas, somehow, Christmas music has yet to make it into my repertoire for writing inspiration. There's no rhyme or reason to music and what moves me. I am the Queen of Pop (sharing the throne with Britney), but I find for the majority of my historical fiction, I write to classic rock such as AC/DC and Queen. I'm currently working on a winter scene in my historical novel, so perhaps I'll turn on some Michael Buble (since he only emerges for Christmas) and see what inspires me!
There's something to be said for location, location, location! One of my absolute favourite places to write is at the Mother Teresa Centre in Kenosee, where the Estevan Writer's Group goes twice a year for retreat. I am always the most inspired and productive there, churning out over 25,000 words. I think it's also the fact I can hear everyone else typing, and my competitiveness kicks in! Another place that I surprisingly enjoy writing at is my work place. I think it's due to the fact that it's a desktop, and for some reason, I often find a desktop to be more disciplinary to me than a laptop. If I am stuck on words, or needing to write and can't afford to procrastinate (like NaNo!), then I will often stay late after work and write on that computer. However, there is nothing more magical than sitting in my warm apartment, curled up on my loveseat with my white fluffy blanket, and writing words upon words, as my Christmas tree glows in front of me. There is just something about Christmas that makes me want to sit down and write, and my Christmas tree is a large part of that.
Too often with the holidays, we get busy and distracted. Work is often busier, we have holidays and family visiting, and there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day for writing. I've been guilty of that in the past, but these days, I try my best to carve out time for myself to write. The holidays should be enjoyable and relaxing. We are always going, going, going, and can burn ourselves out. Even if you take one evening a week and consider it *you* time, use it to sit and write. You might be surprised at what you can accomplish. And if you can do it with Christmas carols warbling in the background, a Christmas tree sparkling to the right of you, and a glass of eggnog to your left, well, that's even better!
Merry Christmas everyone, from the Estevan Writer's Group!