Capturing Moments

December 7, 2018



'Tis the season! We all know what that means . . . holiday dinners, parties, family get-togethers, shopping, and busy, busy schedules. Most years, the only writing that gets done during the Christmas season are personal notes on Christmas cards. That's not necessarily a bad thing. 


As we wrap up National Novel Writing Month, a month off from writing may seem like a much-needed vacation. If that's what you need, take it. If National Novel Writing Month spurred you to keep going on that novel, keep plugging away. Personally, I'm taking the 40 days from Thanksgiving to New Years to reflect on the future direction of my writing endeavors. That's fine too.


You decide. Don't let the busyness of the season decide for you. 


Whatever direction you take for the month of December, remember to take a notebook with you. Why? Because you never know when inspiration may strike you or when you run into it face-to-face. That moment when your crazy aunt says something that is so off-the-wall, you just have to write it down. Or that trip to find the perfect Christmas tree ends up being anything but perfect. Write it down. 


Those moments that happen when we least expect them are the best material for our writing. No, we don't have to recount the experience word-for-word. Maybe all you need to do is capture the emotion of the moment for a novel, an article, or a poem. Or maybe a line spoken would be perfect for a quirky character. You decide. But if you don't write it down when it occurs, chances are, you will forget. Trust me. 


The holidays are a great time to step back and focus on family, renew your spirit, and take time to reflect, but keep your eyes open. It is also the perfect time for new ideas to emerge. So don't forget to take note when they do. 

WRITING PROMPT: If you don't have one already, get a notebook (or begin a file on your computer) to capture new ideas. Then when they come, write them down -- even the crazy, far-fetched ones. You may never use them. But then again, you might. If you don't write them down, they may be lost forever. 




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CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

Carolyn is available to speak to children and youth about creative writing at your school or special event. 

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