2012_December_holiday_writingIn theory, the holidays should be  a great time to pile up the word count.

The weather is cool, and staying home at the computer doesn’t seem such a chore. Days off  from work should translate into productive days working on writing… and yet, it never quite happens that way for me.

I have yet to have experienced a productive writing period over the holidays. Maybe it’s because I’m so concentrated on spending time with friends and family, playing with my children, baking Christmas cookies, wrapping presents, writing holiday cards, watching movies at home, going on long walks and to parties, but my laptop stays firmly zipped in its case each year.

And, strangely, novel or short story writing seems like an unpleasant chore.

Luckily, I’ve done this enough to know this temporary writing strike will soon be called off. January and February tend to be fairly productive months for me.

But it does make me wonder if my little holiday writing hiatus is common. What about you, writers? Do you find that you slow down or stop work during the holiday period? Or do you find it an ideal time to work on your projects?