Posted by: penpatience | December 1, 2014


SI Exifth[10]

Writers Words: May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; The spirit of Christmas which is peace; The heart of Christmas which is love. ~Ada V. Hendricks






Dear Readers:

It’s a busy time for everyone this holiday season. However, writers never take vacations from their passion—writing. You can always squeeze in a little writing gleaned from a holiday experience and utilize it in a future project. Hopefully, the jottings below may not only inspire writers, but assist others in not losing sight of their goals:

If your ship is to come in—you must put your oar in the water. (One of my deceased Dad’s favorites)

(If you want to become a writer, you must write.)


He who hesitates is lost.

(Write or the story or book won’t get written.)


A rolling stone gathers no moss.

(Procrastination—Begin now or you’ll never get it done.)

When the going gets tough– the tough get going.

(Tough It Out until the very end.)


Into each life a little rain must fall.

(Rejections can be more of a deluge than a little rain.)


Life happens when you’re making other plans.

(Sometimes an unexpected acceptance can make your day!)

Holiday Notes:

Write what you love. (golf, gardening, families)

Write what you hate. (a genre you wouldn’t write or haven’t tried before)

Write what you see. (people and places)

Write what you smell. (fresh baked cinnamon buns—yum!)

Write what you hear. (obnoxious noise, favorite music)

Write what you speak. (limit the cuss words)

Write what you touch. (a new baby’s skin, a loved one, a beloved pet)

Write what you feel. (anger, sadness, joy, anxiety, happiness, etc.)


Write about yourself.  Write about the good, bad, and even the downright ugly in a life experience. Try a brief autobiography – or a memoir of a special time.


Happy Holidays to you and yours!


  1. Thanks for your post, Frances. I’ve been thinking about this, too. I plan to slip in writing every day between now and the 31st. Slip in means, plan my days well and be in control of what I regard as my priorities. I know from past experience, that it’s far better to keep my connections to my writing projects, than to let them drop by the wayside. So much harder to pick up the pieces later.

    A connection can be simply a sentence added to an existing poem, it can be a beginning of a rewrite, or an entire rewrite, or it can be jotting down three words that represent a new essay theme. Whatever it is, I plan to maintain my connections. One gal recommends remembering to get out and celebrate. I plan to do that too–it’s all part of my life, the writing life.

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    • Thanks Carole, I agree, better to stay connected to current projects rather than experience a disconnect from neglect. Happy holidays to you and your family.


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