Writing During the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Steph Beth Nickel
Before ad agencies began to promote back-to-school as “the most wonderful time of the year,” the majority of people would say the phrase applied to Christmas. And while I do enjoy the Christmas season, to me, Easter is the focal point of the year for believers in Christ.
What would Christmas be if it hadn’t been for the fulfilment of God’s plans and purposes, which took place when Jesus died for our sins and rose victorious over sin and death?
Just what does this have to do with writing?
There are several applications actually.
Today, let’s talk about the inspiration of the season and making time to write.
Let’s begin with a good old-fashioned brainstorming session. I’ll fire off a half dozen or so ideas. Feel free to use them as a springboard for your own ideas or come up with totally different ones.
Better still, stop reading now and spend 5-10 minutes writing down any ideas that come to mind. Then, if you’d like, come back and see what I’ve included below. (I’d love to hear where your brainstorming session takes you.)
And the first six ideas that come to mind are …
- Write a devotional or a series of devotionals based on the life, death, and resurrection of the Saviour.
- Use spring as an inspiration for a piece about new life.
- Write a children’s book about Easter, spring, or a related topic.
- Head out for a walk with camera in hand. Flip through the photos when you return home, using your favourites (or even your least favourites) as inspiration for your writing.
- Write a Thank You letter to God for what you love best about this season.
- Write a poem or song of praise.
What ideas did you come up with?
Next, choose your favourite idea and see where it takes you.
While Easter isn’t typically as busy as Christmas, you may have extra responsibilities on your plate: family gatherings, extra church services, community events, etc.
If you’re not a full-time writer, and even if you are, how do you make sure you don’t neglect your writing time?
Here are a few ideas—that I may or may not adhere to. <averts eyes and hums>
- Get up earlier than usual and devote the time to writing.
- Use the note-taking app on your phone and write while you’r waiting in the car—preferably not at stoplights, unless, of course, you’re not driving.
- Leave the TV off in the evening. Even if you don’t feel particularly creative, give yourself a reasonable timed or word count goal and stick with it.
- Use a speech-to-text app and practice dictating your work.
If we get creative, we can make time in our already busy schedule to make time to write.
So, what’s your favourite time of the year?
How do you make time to write?
Where do you find your inspiration?