Hi SEers! Denise here today to talk about taking an end-of-the-year writing break.
I like to set aside the last two weeks of the year to spend with family and enjoy the holidays. I hope everyone who celebrated yesterday and all the other seasonal holidays, including today’s Boxing Day, found some joy and magic.
Today, I appreciate the leftovers and maybe some good deals on holiday items, but I also start looking toward the new year.
It’s only a few days until that ball drops in Times Square, and 2022 is gone. I spend this week reflecting on the past year and feeling hopeful for the new one.
There are projects I didn’t get to and many new ideas I want to embrace. This is the perfect time to catch up, relax, and decide where to spend energy in the new year.
End of the Year Writing Break Ideas
- Take a moment to appreciate all you’ve accomplished this year. You may not have gotten to everything, but every word written, read, or new skill learned is a reason to celebrate!
- Give yourself a break from social media. We have a wonderful community, and we want to offer our support all year, but taking some time for ourselves is okay.
- Put your current work aside. This always allows us to come back with fresh eyes and ideas.
- Try something new. Have you wanted to write poetry, a short story, non-fiction, or start a journal? Now is the time to do it!
- When was the last time you tidied up your website? I admit to being behind in updating many areas of it. This break gives me the time to do this.
- Spend some time reflecting on your past. Flip through the photo albums and watch the old videos. Enjoy the past while acknowledging all you’ve learned.
- Do nothing. Maybe you need some downtime to watch movies, read, or hike in nature. You know best what will replenish you.
- Set some goals for the new year. Do daily word counts or setting up a time frame for your first draft work for you? Does announcing your intentions help? I don’t make New Year resolutions, but I decide when to release a book and how to take better care of myself. There are always setbacks, but I believe in putting the intent out.
- Does your office or where you write need a good cleaning or organizing? I know mine does!
- Is your computer up to date? It needs a checkup and some maintenance, just like a car or us.
- Hang out with family, friends, or your pets. Enjoy some laughs and good company, and make fresh memories.
- Go look at the decorations before they get taken down, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in town, go to the mall, take a walk on a local nature trail, play in the snow, or go swimming. Have some fun!
What about you? Do you take a break, and if you do, what do you do?