It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – for Writing

It’s winter and we are in the midst of the holiday season – what isn’t there to write about? Take a few minutes from your holiday partying to write down some thoughts. With the days so short and the weather only getting colder, this can be a very contemplative time. What are you thinking about?

Here are some ideas to get your pen moving:


  • What do the holidays mean to you?
  • Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Why or why not? If so, what is it?
  • What are you favorite – or least favorite – winter memories?
  • Such short days! How do you make the most of the daylight?
  • Have you been to a really great – or seriously awkward – holiday party? What happened?
  • Did you travel to see your relatives this year? How was it different from last year?

Not much of a holiday person? What else is going on?

  • It’s almost time for the Republican primaries – who do you think will win?
  • How do you feel about the 2012 elections overall?
  • What about the Occupy movement?
  • What about world politics?

It’s also the time of year for lists: best books, films, films based on books, blunders, highlights, etc. Do you agree with the choices? What’s on your Top 10 for 2011?

Make a Top 10 (or 20 or 50) list of the most personally important moments to you that won’t make it on a national or international Top 10 list. Did you get a new job? Get married? Lose someone close to you? Did you take a new yoga class that has changed your perspective? Tried a new recipe? Read a great book? Did you go on a fabulous trip?

Whatever got to you, made you stop and think, gave you inspiration, challenged you like never before, and made this a year to remember, write it down.

If you blog and need help with ideas for posts, check out this list of bloggers who came up with pretty interesting ideas for the past year.

Don’t forget to toast all you have done this year and how much more you can do in 2012.

Happy Writing,

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About WIN Writing Group

WIN Writing Group is a network within the Women's Information Network (WIN), Washington's premier professional, political, and social network dedicated to empowering young, pro-choice, Democratic women. From this organization, our writing group was formed to give WIN members a community in which to write. We focus on creative nonfiction, which is defined as any writing that is intended to be read as true.
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