I’m already singing Christmas carols all day long and reading Christmas stories at every naptime and bedtime. I know that means I’ll be sick of it long before Christmas actually rolls around, but I don’t care. I love this time of year.
I have always wanted to write a new classic Christmas story. When I was younger, I’d take a notebook and pen and hide under the Christmas tree to write, thinking the twinkle lights would inspire me. It didn’t work.
It’s difficult, because most Christmas stories are cliché and contrived. The protagonist is poor and sad and has great disdain for Christmas, only to be amazed by a Christmas miracle and eventually converted to the wonder of the season. That’s what we expect from a Christmas story, and really, that’s what we want.
The same dilemma occurs with much of literature. We want the protagonist to find true love, inner peace, or to escape from a bad situation. If these things don’t happen, we feel betrayed by the writer. If they do happen, the writer is scoffed at as being unoriginal.
The only way I’ve found to escape this cycle is to approach an unoriginal idea in an original way. Hopefully, someday I’ll be able to apply that for myself!
Timeshifting to Be in the Moment
Create Time Boundaries
Honor the Mundane
Create Spontaneous Time
Do What We Like To Do
Create Time Retreats