Christmas is almost upon us. Traffic is insane, people are fighting in the stores. It can be very stressful. For a writer, this works in a couple of different ways.
You can jump into holiday festivities and add to your own insanity and feel guilty for not getting anything written. Or you can take your experiences throughout the holiday season and use them in your writing. How, you may ask?
Take notes. Practice describing scenes of your family gatherings. Change the names to protect the naughty if you have to. How does Uncle Carl sound when he joins the children singing carols? What does Aunt Sara say about the potato salad at dinner? Does the living room look like a scene from a war-torn village after all the presents are opened?
Each moment is a chance to practice what we do. Take notes. Pay attention. Involve all of your senses. Quite often I’ll be found making notes about something and will hear, What are you doing, writing a book? The answer is always, Yes!