Information: Holiday Hassles Generate Writing Ideas
Are you writing while also preparing for Christmas? I have to confess, my writing is taking a back seat this week. We have to make time for writing amid the holiday confusion. Sometimes, all we can do is collect writing ideas for the future. Here are some tips to help you come through Christmas and into the new year with a backlog of writing ideas.
- Write a journal entry every day listing what you’ve done that day. If you think you’re too busy to journal, don’t dismay. A list of daily to-do list items accomplished will help you budget your time better in the future. Or you might pat yourself on the back for getting so much done. Perhaps you could write an article about organizing for the holidays to submit next fall.
- Carry a notepad or digital recorder with you when you travel. I find that ideas come to me while I’m driving. Write down or record those ideas while they’re fresh. Sometimes, I don’t even need my notes to get started on the article or devotion, but the fact that I wrote it down helps it stick in my mind.
- Don’t let any networking opportunity go to waste. Parties with friends and family provide ways for you to listen and discover subject matter that’s of interest to others. Don’t just network with other writers. Network with your potential readers.
Go head and make your holiday preparations. Celebrate to your heart’s content. But, while you’re doing all that, keep an eye out for subjects and situations that you can write about.
Inspiration: The Poinsettia Story
My church had a Hanging of the Greens service last Sunday. After each decoration was placed, church members read the script describing the symbolism each decoration. My favorite is the poinsettia. This is an excerpt from the script:
The poinsettia speaks to us symbolically in several ways. First of all, the star-shaped formation of red leaves calls to mind the star which shone at that first Christmas. The color of the flower is blood red. The color also symbolizes the fact that the Babe of Bethlehem became the Savior of the world, as he shed his blood upon the cross of Calvary. Today, as we place poinsettias in our sanctuary, we continue our mood of waiting for the day when Christ will be born.
There’s a great story behind how the poinsettia, which originated in Mexico, became associated with Christmas. A poor child in Mexico had no gift to bring for Jesus’ birthday celebration. Inspired by an angel, she pulled “weeds” to make a flower arrangement and the red blossoms turned into what we call poinsettias. Some call them Flowers of the Holy Night.
I am inspired to know more about the various symbols of Christmas. Holidays are great subject matter for articles and devotionals. Be inspired by every experience this holiday season.
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