Are Christmas songs rolling through your head, making it difficult to concentrate on your writing project? I’m humming and singing along to favorites and loving the distraction. Is it possible to change the words to our fun Christmas songs and make them more writerly? Can you help me finish any of these?
I’m dreaming of a new contract.
With every Christmas card I write . . .
Jingle bells, jingle bells
Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to write
In a comfy chair today.
“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
It’s beginning to look a lot like edits.
Everywhere I go . . .
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
I really must write (but baby, you have no deal)
My deadline is tonight. (but baby, you have no deal) . . .
“Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer”
Rudolph, the one who’s published,
Had a very shiny hook.
And if you stop to read it.
You’d even buy the book.
“All I Want for Christmas is You”
All I want for Christmas is a good review.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Have yourself a little writing conference.
Make your hard work bright . . .
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
Rockin’ around the Christmas tree with a social media twist . . .
“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
You’re a mean one, Mr. Editor
You keep sending back my prose.
You’re picky and your stubborn
You’re details makes me cry,
You’re a mean one, Mr. Editor . . .
“Up On the Housetop”
Up on the laptop words do fly
Out jumps more than who or why.
Off to the agent with lots of prayer . . .
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
Santa Claus is coming to town.
He’s making a list, checking those hints
Gonna find out if I have an agent.
“Frosty the Snowman”
Frosty the snowman was a suspense writer, they say . . .
Last Christmas, I gave you my book.
The very next day you refused a look . . .
I didn’t use the traditional Christmas carols. The words and the meaning are much too sacred and precious. So let me suggest when the season becomes a bit too hectic, allow the sweet sounds of “Silent Night,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman,” “Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “Joy to the World” fill you with the reason for the season.
For some fun, how about completing one of the songs above OR writing an original verse to one of your favorite Christmas songs and sharing with us in the comments below?
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She weaves memorable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn believes every breath of life is someone’s story, so why not capture those moments and create a thrilling adventure? Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is the director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Conference, and the Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful.
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