It’s That Most Wonderful Time…for Writing?

I LOVE this time of year—the time with family, picking out those perfect gifts to give, playing in the snow, baking cookies….and I hate it a bit, too, for all the same reasons—the stress of travel, picking out gifts, running errands, dealing with snow storms, trying to maintain a decent diet in the face of cookies and appetizers and other yummy waistline-builders.

HikingArtist-dot-comIn the midst of all this, finding time for writing sometimes feels impossible. I certainly am finding myself more strapped for time to write, read, critique, blog, and Tweet than usual! My NaNoWriMo novel was derailed this year (alas), I haven’t begun Christmas shopping, I still haven’t finished unpacking from our Thanksgiving trip, and laundry is starting to creep into my writing time.

So how does a busy writer do it all?

My friend Pam asked this very question over on the Wild Writers blog a few weeks ago, and I really liked her answer: you don’t (do it all, that is.) It’s easy to be hard on ourselves for failing to keep up on blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and let’s not forget the all-important WIP, especially because as you read everyone else’s blogs, FB updates, and Tweets, it might sound like everyone else is all happy-happy, joy-joy, singing carols and munching sweets and wrapping gifts in color-coded wrapping paper. Theoretically.

But let’s not forget that people tend to put their best face forward in those venues. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—who wants to read griping?—but it’s worth remembering if you find yourself comparing a crazy, stressed-out afternoon to someone else’s ever-cheery updates.

So—if there are any others reading this with the bad habit of comparing yourself to others—I think it’s time for an end-of-the year vow to STOP COMPARING and start figuring out what works for us. We don’t have to do it all.

At least, not all at the same time :-).

My vow for December: I won’t compare my efforts and accomplishments with those of other people.

What’s yours?

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  1. says

    That is a great vow for December. It’s my rule not to compare my writing to anyone else. Some days it’s easier said than done though. Have a great week Cheryl!

  2. Cheryl Reif says

    Hi Kerri, thanks! Yep, that’s my usual rule, but some days–well, some months–I’m better at it than others. Happy December!

  3. says

    Very good reminder not to try to out-do someone else. It sucks all the joy out of everything. Have a great month, whatever you do!

  4. says

    I know how you feel and excellent reminder for me not to compare. Thanks. I am trying to focus my attention on each moment, so I get the most out of it, but also so I don’t panic and think “Help! I’ll never get it all done!” Not sure if this is good or just complete denial! LOL