Many people tell me they don’t have time to write during the holiday season, and that they postpone many of their literary efforts until the new year. However, I think it is a particularly good and healing time to write.
I have some friends who call me up each year during the last week of November and throughout December, telling me how they don’t really look forward to holidays and the celebrations, as they find they must contend with relatives who they don’t particularly care for. And, then, of course, there are widowed or divorced people who have a particularly difficult time as they remember better years when they were married.
But holidays can be a good time to write, because when you are feeling blue or under stress, you often crank out your best writing that reveals heightened insights. And, even if you totally enjoy the holidays, they are a time when you are out seeing more people in stores, at parties, and talking to colleagues during workplace celebratory gatherings. There, we gather a lot of insights into human nature. For example, I write at least a few good senryu during this time–often humorous ones–that are a result of being around a lot more people than usual.
After writing for many decades, I find that it is second nature to me. A friend once asked me, “Can’t you do anything without writing about it?” I guess the answer is no, because I’m always in the frame of mind to write something down, whether or not it will lead to some sort of piece, revision and publication of it.
I think you begin to realize that your career is writing when everything you do involves carrying around a notepad and jotting things down. If you stop to consider it, even your grocery list tells you a lot of things–things about yourself that you could write about, that others can relate to.
As writers, we take nothing for granted. We analyze so much. But just because we analyze a lot, doesn’t make us critical people. I see good writers as having wisdom, logic, and a lot of heart. And, a good writer always looks to relate to the reader. While not all people will understand what you write, if most people do, you are doing your job of reaching out to others.
As I’ve said in my other posts, words matter, and your words matter. Good writing shouldn’t be just a way of indulging yourself. It may help you through life, but it should also help the reader. It should help both the writer and reader make sense of the world.
Make the best of your holiday season! Peace . . .
Copyright 2016 by Charlotte Digregorio.