WRITERS UN-BLOCK: Home for the Holidays


bigstock-writer-s-block-24196490For many, ’tis the season – for ulcers, family arguments, dried turkey and thankless gift receivers. For others, this is truly the most joyous season of all, bringing beloved family together and celebrating the year with those you treasure most. And this year is special, it’s the first time in (my lifetime at least) that the first night of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day and it won’t happen again till 2070. What does that mean? Well for me, it means I will be with my Methodist/Episcopal in-laws feeling like that awkward Jewish relative who lights candles and says funny prayers until I get home with my family to light the menorah and open gifts (Actually, they are wonderful and my awkwardness is totally for the benefit of this article). So, whatever side of the holiday fence you fall on, use that dread/joy to motivate and inspire creativity.

What better time really? You are surrounded by a bunch of friends and family members you might not otherwise have the opportunity to talk to in such depth. Engage, ask and then write it down. Look, I am not encouraging you to give away Aunt Bertha’s criminal misdeeds, or “out” little Ezekiel… just take the moment, or that tidbit of information and use it to mold your own ideas. If no stories are told and mayhem breaks out, well take notes. I am encouraging you to write about it, but leave out the names if you want to keep mom and dad on your side. You want to keep getting those holiday invites…

Whether you use this holiday to inspire your creative genius, or just sit back and revel in the time with your loved ones, we hope you have fun doing it.


Sara O'Connor
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