Do You Fall Behind Or Catch Up on Your Writing Goals Over Christmas?

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We’ve made it to December, and it’s the final post for the IWSG for the year.

The question for this month is quite poignant,. Usually, over Christmas, I fall behind, but I’ve been behind in my writing goals all year. I have been suffering from chronic pain and fatigue since late 2021, which threw my writing goals into disarray. Then, in the middle of NaNoWriMo, I had to abandon the challenge, as my town was hit by the recent floods, and my father-in-law’s house was affected (thankfully, he’s okay and is back home). Basically, it has been almost impossible to make plans for anything, let alone, writing.

So, this Christmas, I’ll be playing catch up with my writing goals. It’s a good thing I already adhere to the ‘slow and steady’ approach!

I have a few seasons of ‘Supernatural’ to catch up on as well. 😉

The final novella in my ‘Marsden Hal’l series, House of Echoes, is with my editor, which means I can now start work on something new – only I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that will be (yep, squirrel). 😉

Christmas is also a time to reassess my writing goals and figure out what I’m comfortable with when it comes to both writing and marketing. If these past twelve months have taught me anything, it’s to go at my own pace; I’m in this for the long haul.

Happy Christmas everyone and best wishes for the new year. Wishing you lots of writing successes in 2023!

Do you fall behind or catch up on your writing goals over Christmas? Are you happy to go at your own pace when it comes to writing?

6 thoughts on “Do You Fall Behind Or Catch Up on Your Writing Goals Over Christmas?

  1. If you don’t go at a pace that’s comfortable for you, then you’d probably get frustrated. I tend to catch up at Christmastime, but on reading, not on writing. Congratulations on handing off your final Marsden Hall novella to the editor!

    1. Thank you, Priscilla! I’ve tried writing faster, and yes, I found it frustrating and dare I say, stressful. It took me a while, but I’m happy with my writing process. I like to think my stories are better for it. 😉

    1. I used to compare myself to others quite a bit, now, not so much. I’m happier just to do my own thing, which includes going at my own pace. I hope things settle down for you soon, Lynda. Wishing you and your family a happy Christmas!

  2. I agree – working at our own pace is the best choice. Pushing too hard leads to burnout and frustration. And when life crashes into your goals, it’s easier to adjust.
    Hoping for a wonderful 2023 for you!!

    1. Thank you, Jemi. I found writing faster too stressful, defeating the purpose of doing something you enjoy. I’m happy to stay in the slow lane. 😉 Have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2023!

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