Holidays can interfere with our writing. Below are some tips to help you organize your work
during this Christmas and Holiday Season.

Here are a few things to do to help put your piece together.

1.  Write one paragraph that tells what your story is about. 
         Include who are the characters, where does it take place, what is the conflict?

2. Distill this to two sentences about the story. 

    a.  What is the circumstance?  b. What is the struggle/the obstacle?

3. Find one word that defines the tale such as  “Wisteria” “Cockfight” “Sassafras”.
     Choose an image that represents that word:  picture, object, fabric.  Put it on your desk.

Now, take a stack of index cards.  (I use 5×6 because I like the feel of a large card) 

1. Write each scene on your card.  Just a short phrase that tells what the scene is about

such as “My brother fell out of a tree”.

2. Number the cards (in a corner) in pencil.

3. Review the cards and throw them into stacks by like ideas, themes, or emotions:  anger, abandonment, disappointment, delight and more.

 Make a list of the names of each stack. Choose one category from your stack and free write on that subject for 10 minutes. i.e. anger.

Go back to your paragraph and include images from this fresh write in you overview of your story.

 THIS IS A START.  Find out more at ADVANCED WRITE AT HOME www.shop.AnneRandolph.com

 Keep up your writing during the Holidays with the Advanced Write at Home project.  I will touch base with you weekly with suggestions to write about and tips to organize your manuscript. Signup before the holidays begins to insure your writing at www.shop.AnneRandolph.comunder ADVANCED WRITE AT HOME.   Anne


  • These are great suggestions. Now I have to find the time during the holidays to do some of this work.
    Thanks, Marty

    MartyDecember 8, 2007
  • Anne,
    What great ideas for writing through the holidays. Now that there is a bit of break between Christmas and New Years this will give me so more direction on capturing some of the memories which I can bring life in my memoir.


    KatherineDecember 28, 2007
  • Thanks for peeking at the blog, always free, and hopefully always invigorating. Glad some of these suggestions are helpful.  Hope you can write with us January 9.  Wasn’t that a spectacular gathering at Carolyn’s.  What a treat to be with such a talented and enthusiastic group of truth tellers. 

    Here’s to delights in the New Year.  Anne

    Soup Kitchen WritingDecember 28, 2007

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