Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Twelve Days of Christmas-Introvert Style:Day Three

On the third day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
Three note books
Two soothing drinks
And a nice quiet place to just be.

Give yourself some time this holiday—even just fifteen minutes—to do some writing or dream or make big plans for the coming year. If your time is too frazzled to actually make progress on your manuscript, consider personal journaling or maybe even character journaling. Journaling your character's thoughts and feelings can be a great way to stay connected to your WIP without having to actually produce pages. In fact, one of my favorite writing exercises one year was this: Choose a character you’re currently working on and write his or her Christmas wish list.

This simple exercise just opened up so many layers of my character for me. So if you absolutely can't find time to write, don't despair, there are other alternatives for staying in touch with your work when life gets in the way.

And since every writer (or reader, for that matter) needs a steady supply of notebooks for jotting down that random bit of dialog that comes to them while driving, or the title of that book they want to read, today's prize is a set of three Moleskine notebooks!

And today’s winner is. . .liquidambar! Email me LA, and I will get it right out to you.

Mary and I wish all of you a holiday season filled with inspiration and a little bit of time to act on that inspiration!

(If you're just tuning in, you can check out the details of SVP's very own version of the Twelve Days of Christmas posted here.)


Terry P. said...

Such a fabulous idea, Mary and Robin! Love your creativity :-).

tanita✿davis said...

Sometimes I find it helps to pace my character/WIP with the time of year that it is for me -- and I'm at ten days before a wedding and five days before Christmas in my manuscript. The Christmas wishlist is an excellent idea to get me back into sync when I get settled in where I'm going to be during the holidays, and need to get back into my character and work.

I keep reading over the posts from the last few weeks -- since Thanksgiving, really -- and reminding myself: I can go into another room. I can put in earplugs. I can ignore everyone periodically. If they don't know I love them by now, maybe they should ask. When I come back from sitting in the quiet room...

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

Happy holidays, Violets!

Irene Latham said...

Something else that's great for recording thoughts/ideas: a digital voice recorder. And it's not nearly so dangerous when one is driving. :)

Anonymous said...

I love the idea about the wish list - and it could also be used for other occasions like birthdays, or what would they get other family members as gifts? Great concept and I can't wait to put it to use. Thanks Robin & Mary!