By Susan Reichert, Editor-in-Chief for Southern Writers Magazine
This time of year brings about the hurrying of authors to finish deadlines with manuscripts so there will be time to rush off and finish the Christmas Shopping for presents and food not to mention that last minute decoration needed.
One of the things we sometimes forget is to take a little extra time for ourselves to enjoy this time of year before all the families arrive, before the cooking starts, and presents have to be wrapped.
This is a special time of the year for writers. It’s a time to take a deep breath, pat ourselves on the back for meeting our deadlines, breaking through the writer’s blocks creating plots, characters, scenes, and weaving the story lines together. Sometimes we fail to give ourselves credit for what we accomplish.
Perhaps this December we can appreciate what we’ve done, where we’ve come from and look forward to where we are going and what we will be doing. While writing may be our passion that does not mean that sometimes, it can be hard work.
So let’s sit back, prop our feet up and take a little while to smile and feel good about all we’ve accomplished. Then we will be ready to finish those holiday touches, greet the families, and wrap the presents and cook the meals because we took some times for us.