Your writing may look different lately.
You may not be working on that article or novel.
Instead, you may be sending cards of cheer. Notes of encouragement to friends and loved ones.
That’s good. Because our writing should reflect what is in our hearts. I’m guessing most are turned toward love, empathy, and compassion at times like these.
Completing that book or writing those reviews may not be what is priority right now.
Let your heart and soul direct you to look beyond yourself and your circumstances. Let your writing speak to the needs of others.
As authors, our words have the power to move, exhilarate, spread compassion.
Our words travel via the internet, telephone lines, and Hallmark cards.
Whatever the vehicle, communication of how much we care is the key.
I wish you health, safety, and the knowledge that God is in control.
He loves and cares about us infinitely more than is possible for us to comprehend.
For those of you who feel strongly that you should write every day of the year, may I suggest the following alternatives on Christmas Day?
- Don’t just sign your name on Christmas cards. Instead, write a newsletter including highlights from the past year, or consider at least writing a short, personalized paragraph at the bottom of each card.
- Write a letter or email to someone you have lost contact with over the years.
- Write affirmations to be share around the dinner table on Christmas Day.
- Take a small gift to your neighbors and include a short note.
- Practice your skills by writing a short story about an especially meaningful Christmas in the past, someone who has been instrumental in your life this year, or plans for the year ahead.
- Write a love letter to that special someone in your life.
- Write out some of your favorite recipes, tie them with ribbon, and give them as a gift, door prize, or …
You get the idea. There are many alternatives to actually working on your book on Christmas Day, so use your writing to connect with those you love.
Merry Christmas to each of you. May the New Year be filled with endless possibilities…