So, December is quickly approaching. With December comes Holiday parties, treats, and never-ending family visits after another. With all this coming up, you’re probably wondering how in the world you’re going to keep up with your writing.
Now, here I am with the final six, and (I promise) there is no partridge in a pear tree.
You’ve probably heard this one a million times. I know I have. In all truth, however, this could be the number one tip I can give to you. If you do not read, you’ll never learn new writing concepts or shore up your inspiration. As Charis said, you can get inspiration from your surroundings, but it is also important to learn how to gather inspiration from things that do not exist in this world. If you spend so much time writing, your inspiration will run dry and then… what will you write then?
8. Don’t Edit, Just Write
You’re probably staring at the screen, gaping. After all, NaNo is now over and you’re thinking about editing your novel. Well, I’m here to tell you that editing is not a good thing to do in a busy season. Believe me, I speak from experience. Editing takes lots of time, blood, sweat and tears. The Holiday season also takes those things, so the two of them combined will be a nightmare. So, I am here to beg you to set aside editing until after the New Year. Then, you can jump all in.
9. Get Alpha Readers
When discussing the twelve tips with Charis, she told me I should talk about alpha readers because I always have them. She’s right, I do, but I don’t have them just for fun. They are there to keep me motivated, and I think that’s the most important thing in writing. Motivation. Don’t you? So, get a few alpha readers to read your novel while you are writing it. Remind them that it is unedited and a first draft, so it won’t be perfect.
You’ve just finished NaNo, so you probably know all about schedules. No, I’m not telling you to schedule out your entire novel, trying to get fifty-thousand words in a month. You can do that but I advise you against it during this season. Try to write every day, and if you can’t do that, then schedule a time to write once a week for a long period of time. You’ll get nothing written if you don’t.
11. Set Goals for Writing Each Day
Leading from the last tip, schedule a specific word count you want to reach each day. I don’t care if it’s just one hundred words, or three thousand. I want you to set goals– and then conquer them. See if you can surpass your goals and climb the ladder little by little each day.
12. Reward Yourself Finally, reward yourself. One of my writing friends wrote me one time and said: “For every hundred words I write, I get a bite of chocolate!” Though it hit me funny at the time, I realized how valuable that is. Set yourself goals, and when you reach them, reward yourself. Whether it’s just a tiny bit of chocolate or even a small trip, you totally deserve it. So, set goals and, when you reach them, reward yourself. It makes it a whole lot easier.
So, that’s it. That ends the Twelve Tips of Christmas. You don’t have to follow all of these, but I guarantee they will help. Now, go have fun and enjoy Christmas. ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly, so enjoy it. Merry Christmas, you all. God bless.