Monday, December 9, 2013

How Writing a Book is Like Holiday Shopping

It's that time of year again. Everyone's busy running around and grabbing gifts for others. Sort of like writing a book, right? Let's take a look…

  1. Making a list. Do you plan it out ahead of time or do you go by the seat of your pants and hope that perfect gift will strike you as you stroll through the mall (sit at the keyboard)?
  2. That feeling when you know you got it right! You found the exact right thing for Aunt Mabel and it was on sale too (you're on a roll and it's working).
  3. What if they hate it? Well, I guess this one's kind of self-explanatory. 
  4. Dealing with crowds. Sometimes you have to fight for the last one or stand in line for hours. Is it worth it? If the gift is that great, it is. Same with a story. Agents and editors and even readers sift through many choices, but when someone picks yours out it's all worth it. 
  5. Making a chocolate or coffee stop when it gets hectic. Yeah, self-explanatory again.
  6. Just when you thought you were done you remember your sister's husband's golf buddy. Time for revision!
  7. Wrapping everything. And more revision…
  8. You've searched and searched and you still have no idea what to get your nephew. You're about to throw the computer at the wall because you can't solve this one plot issue.
  9. Inspiration strikes. You figure it out.
  10. The smiles on your friends and family's faces when they open their perfect gifts. The feeling when you are ready to send it on submission/to your agent/to your editor/publish for others to read and enjoy. 
So, what do you think? Did I miss anything? Happy Holidays!!!


  1. No. I think you hit it spot on! Happy holiday shopping ... and writing!

  2. Ahem. How about the keeping the receipt just in case there's return? Great idea for the holiday season, Lisa!

  3. You totally got me with the title of your post. Wouldn't have thought to compare writing to this but so true.

  4. Nailed it! I'm in the "holy cow so much to do without enough hours in the day" mode. Definitely the same with holiday shopping and writing!