Countdown to Christmas – by DiAnn Mills

It’s fifteen days until Christmas. If you’re
like me, you can’t sit still. The excitement has me wiggling to the tune of
Jingle Bells. At times I think I’ll explode with the pure joy of the season.
It’s in the air I breathe, the thrills of Christmas.
Are you a writer on
Yet the writing life
goes on, and I can’t think of anything worse than an approaching deadline at
Christmas. If you’re like me, it’s difficult to concentrate on finishing up a
novel, respond and create social media, and explore content for blogs when I’d
rather turn up the Christmas music and bake cookies.
Dear writer, this may
be the year to slow down, especially if you’re on a time crunch.
How do writers balance
family, work, and holiday responsibilities when we want

to create the perfect
Christmas? To counter my perfectionism to complete all projects and meet all
demands, I made a list of fifteen things every writer can do to make the season
more fun and less stressful.

Too many things to do!
1. Calendar the
church’s Christmas program and plan to attend.
2. Cut the amount of
Christmas decorations in half.
3. Order the holiday
baking goodies instead of melting butter and measuring sugar at 1:00 a.m.
4. Stuck with hosting
the holiday dinner? Consider a maid and catering service.
5. Shop online and
avoid the traffic crunch.
6. Do a Christmas
craft with kids. It’s amazing how much fun, and it’s also a creative outlet.
7. Send e-cards
instead of mailing traditional ones. It’s cheaper and the selection is amazing.
8. Exercise—you’ll
feel better.
9. Eat healthy—your
body will thank you.
10. Sleep late and nap
so you’re rested for the big party.
11. Read A Christmas
Carol by Charles Dickens.
12. Have a Christmas
movie marathon.
13. Sing all your
favorite Christmas songs at the top of your lungs!
14. Take time to thank
God for all His blessings.
15. Create a silly
poem. Here’s mine:
Up on
the Bookshelf
Up on the bookshelf
Editors call.
Out jump agents, writers on call.
Down through the aisles
With lots of books,
All with metaphors and lively hooks.
Ho Ho Ho
A writer would know.
Ho Ho Ho
A writer would know.
Oh, up on a bookshelf
Click Click Click
Down through the aisles
Comes a best seller’s pick.
I can enjoy this
How are you going to
celebrate Christmas this year? This might be the year to relax and allow the
quiet beauty of the first Christmas be your inspiration.
DiAnn Mills is a
bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She
combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create
action-packed, suspense-filled novels.
Her titles have
appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been
finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and
Carol award contests.
DiAnn is a founding
board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of
the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of
Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers.
She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.
She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
DiAnn is very active
online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media
platforms listed at