Thursday, December 20, 2018

Quirkiness in Your Writing



By Annette Cole Mastron, Communications Director for Southern Writers Magazine


Christmas is in countdown mode. Does this send you into a tailspin? Worried about all the things you didn’t get done and have yet to accomplished? This time of year always flies by, and then, it’s a new year. This year I’m making a conscious effort to savor the moment, and I hope you’ll join me. If things don’t get done on your list, give yourself grace and savor the season.

The whole point of the season is really about reflecting on the decorations and goodwill which is abundant during this time of year. If you don’t have time to bake cookies for the neighborhood cookie exchange, it’s okay to brighten the day of a local baker and get your cookies from them. Instead of focusing on perfection, give yourself grace to savor the season.

I read on Facebook of a small town in Belfast, Maine which has a quirky Christmas tradition of using the “broke neck Santa” for the town decorations. It made me wonder how the Santa broke his neck. What a wonderful children’s story it would make. Better yet, incorporate the quirky novelty into your novel. You can like the Facebook page and read all about “Broke Neck Santa” at this linkSavor the quirkiness of the season, and let it shine in your novel or story.

Every community has quirky items that can be used in your stories. If you don’t take time to savor the season, you might forget them in May when you’re writing a Christmas story.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each and everyone who reads our blog we appreciate all our readers and commenters!

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