Writing on the Holidays

If you want to be a writer, all the books and all the instructors tell you that you should write “every day.”  Inevitably, there’s always the person who asks, “So does that mean I have to write on my birthday, and on holidays, and even on vacation?”

There’s not a right or wrong answer to that question. I personally think that to write every day literally means write every single day, unless there is an extremely good reason why you can’t: sickness, death in the family, tragedy, emergency… Even if the computer breaks down, you can still write the old-fashioned way, and if you run out of paper and notebooks, you can write on the computer or on the backs of old receipts. Where there is a will, there is a way.

In Stephen King’s On Writing (which I’ve probably recommended a million times), he says that he writes on his birthday and on holidays. The exact quote: “The truth is that when I’m writing, I write every day, workaholic dweeb or not. That includes Christmas, Fourth of July, and my birthday (at my age you try to ignore your goddam birthday anyway).”

So there’s a professional writer’s take on it. I like to take after Stephen King and write on birthdays, holidays, etc. The only time I don’t write is 1) when I’m sick, 2) when I’m so tired I can’t stand to stare at the computer screen for another second (but I usually make up my word count the next day), and 3) if I’m out of town (that happens maybe once every 5 years).

That means I will be writing on Christmas. And New Year’s. And Easter. And my birthday.   I don’t consider it to be an annoyance or an irritation. It’s not like I sit there and think to myself, “Oh, man. Tomorrow’s Christmas and I have to write? Urgh.” It’s a source of enjoyment, not a chore (well, except for the days when writer’s block hits). 🙂

Do you write on holidays?

10 thoughts on “Writing on the Holidays

  1. I don’t write on holidays not because I don’t want to but because I’m usually too busy. However some days are more progressive than others. 🙂

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  2. Yes, I write every day in at least some fashion, and I take a laptop with me so that I can write even when I leave home, which is far more often than you do apparently :D. And holidays or birthdays are no more difficult to write on than other times.

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  3. I write every day. Even if its just a bit of something. Yesterday I was on the computer before the rest of the house was up. I’d organised and sorted dinner and was technically ‘working’ it is a part of me. I write… I am a writer. Happy holidays and more importantly happy writing 🙂

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    1. That’s me – I always try to write before everyone else gets up; I’m usually most productive then anyway. You’re right – writing does become a part of you and after awhile, you can’t do without it!

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