Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas or Seasonal Stories

So, you’re going to write a Christmas story. Is it a novel, a novella, or a short story?

When do you write it? When do you publish it?

I am not writing this from experience but from considering what and when to write. Usually around October I think, yikes, I should be writing a Christmas novella. But I’m not in the mood for Christmas. No way could I write a novel at this time, probably not even novella.

For other occasions, Easter, Valentines Day, or Breast Cancer month I write a piece and it’s rejected because I should have sent it in 2 months earlier. So, I need to write it five or six months before I send it in.

It’s almost a new year and I’m looking at my goals for the next year. So, for Valentines day – I’m too late.
Easter, should be by early January.

I have to admit I have a problem getting in the mood four or five months in advance. It’s Christmas and New Year’s and I should be writing Easter stories.

My goal is to fit these novellas into a schedule five to six months before the event.

How do you fit the seasons into your writing plans? Do you need to be in the mood? What are you writing now?


  1. Just write them. And save them so you will be ready for when the dates come up. Inspiration isn't always cooperative with the timeline thing.

  2. I agree with Vicki. I would write them now and keep them until next year when you can submit them!

  3. I'm hoping to get a June Wedding box set available by May for editing and proofing. I have the outline begun, but with snow on the ground here until late March, it's a stretch to get in the mood. The comment about just write them when you're inspired and slip them into your schedule when the time's right sounds good to me.