Weather (pun intended) we like it or not the holiday season is right around the corner! It’s practically here (in Grinch voice)!
And for some of us that means snow! Now, if you are trying to spark some creativity for your holiday novel one great way to do that is through imagery. Looking at photos can make us believe we are there and feeling the surroundings. So if you live in someplace that may not get snow, spark that feeling with some of these images!
There are so many tools to use to spark your imagination! Just by going online and typing themes of your book into the search bar and looking at the images can open a whole new door to your novel!
And I am not just here to show you pictures of snow because there can be so much more in a holiday novel. Maybe you live in a place that has too much snow and your characters take a tropical vacation for the holidays?
The possibilities are endless! Maybe you use your own photos to spark something! Just remember that you can spark your creativity through almost anything!
A great way to spend quality time with friends and family this season is to play games! Winter vacation is coming up and who knows, there might be a snow day or two- so gather around and play a game based on literary fun!
It Was a Dark & Stormy Night – A Game of First Lines for People Who Love to Read
Test your knowledge of the first lines to popular novels. This board game is for the well-read, in which it asks players to name the author or title of a book based on the opening lines. Test your reading knowledge bases on six genres!
Pride and Prejudice Board Game
Step inside the world of Jane Austen’s novel. Race through the board game’s countryside while you fight to be the first couple to get married! And answer questions about the novel along the way.
A classic we all know and love with a fun literary twist! Have fun in this property trading game and see what fun spots you can land on.
221B Baker Street Master Detective Game
For the mystery book lovers out there who prefer Clue, this game is for you. Compete to see who is the fastest at solving cases in the best Sherlock Holmes manner.
Trivial Pursuit Book Lover’s Edition
Imagine the whole game being made up of the Arts & Literature category. If that’s all you need then just cut to the chase and get this version of Trivial Pursuit. Test your knowledge among family and friends, who doesn’t like a little friendly competition?
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It might not even be Fall yet (yes, I am still hanging onto the last few days of Summer), but the stores are already well on their way to preparing for the upcoming holiday season. With the impending holiday season right around the corner, why not start on that gift list that you are always rushing around at the very last minute trying to complete? Gifting a sweet book to a child, partner, or dear friend will never fail you.
But as a writer, how can you prepare for the holidays?
This time of year comes with so much inspiration for your next novel- Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Years! Each holiday has its own unique set of values and traditions that will make for great feel-good books that every reader will enjoy. ‘Tis the season for spending, right?
Halloween is a great time to read a thriller or horror novel. It’s my favorite time to pick up a Stephen King novel or two. It’s a fun time to try out a completely new genre, if thriller/horror writing isn’t usually your thing, since readers are more prone to picking up a spooky novel during the next few months. I’ve always found Thanksgiving to be my time to shine with my cooking skills, so indulging in a cookbook is one of my favorite pastimes come November. If cooking isn’t your forte, maybe you could throw in a few relevant recipes throughout your next novel that might appeal to a new fan base. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa…these are wonderful holidays which encourage us to focus on gratefulness for those around us. Most of the novels around these holidays revolve around finding last minute love, which always tends to leave readers with an optimistic outlook for the coming year- whether they have already found love or not. New Years brings out the new and hopeful self, so many readers lean on self-help books at the end and beginning of each year in hopes they will help us to stay on top of our New Year’s resolutions.
Another fun route to take as a writer would be to indulge in Children’s literature. If you’re new to children’s lit, writing a simple story with some illustration may be an option to get some work out into the literary world. Teaching children about the holidays and why they are celebrated accompanied by a fictional story with beautifully painted pictures will help to educate their little brains.
At the end of the day (or holiday season), it’s up to you how you want to spend this time. Some authors take the holidays to hibernate and write their beach novel of the year, which isn’t a bad idea either!