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Job wishes he could write a book to tell the world what he knows: "For I know that my redeemer lives, And at the last He will take his stand on the earth."
I begin today's post with Old Testament drama. Job may not have written a book, but he does have a book of the Bible named after him. Then, after this difficult stage of his life, he went back to living a fruitful and fulfilling life.
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Although many of us love the Christmas season, December blows in with its own angst. As the twelfth month is about to blow right past us, we can't help but wonder what happened to the year of 2018 when we were going to move our writing projects much further along. At least I was. . .
Gift One: Review of The Pomodoro Method
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You don't need to read the book to get an understanding of this popular time management method. If you google "The Pomodoro Method," you will find several good sites that explain this--some with written explanation and diagrams; some with videos.
I suspect many of you are already familiar with this method, so I'm leaving the research or review up to you
What I do bring to your attention is that the Pomodoro system can also help you accomplish lists of tasks you have been procrastinating on--phone calls, cleaning, decorating tasks, personal notes on Christmas cards or letters, etc. If you're feeling bogged down with Christmas details, you could try them the Pomodoro way.
Gift Two: A List of Writing Prompts for the Season
Why would I give you a list of Christmas writing prompts in the middle of December when there are so many Christmas-related activities, make that duties, demanding your attention?
Because it's easier to write about Christmas in December than it is in July. You have the setting, the smells, sights, sounds, and emotions related to the season. Note to self: Not all emotions are upbeat.
Because you could use a break and a chance to do something just because you want to.
Because you will gain a sense of accomplishment.
Because you might find 25 minutes (Pomodoro style) to write a first draft.
Because you can take, leave, or postpone this writing until after the 25th or even until January when your memories are still simmering.
Behold the Prompts
• What if I can't--physically or metaphorically--go home for Christmas?
• The best Christmas I ever spent
• So this is Christmas
• The most important item on my Christmas to-do list
• The doctor told my friend he'd be around for another Christmas
• Getting the Christmas tree
• An unusual guest
• An unbelievable Christmas
• A troubling Christmas
• My first Christmas with the person I would marry
• Family traditions: What are they? How did they start? Why I love them, or not?
• My favourite Christmas carol
• An incident at work, school, or church during the Christmas season--something deeply affecting
• Something I need to write today
• A visitor from Christmas past, present, or future
• How will I ready the way of the Lord?
• How can I exalt this valley that I'm in?
• How will I bring these mountains low or makes these crooked ways straight?
• What would I have done in Mary's circumstance? Joseph's, Mary's mother Anne's circumstance?
• How would I react to the angel's message about fleeing into Egypt?
• Describe the Magi's journey.
Hoping and praying for a wonderful Christmas season to you, my fellow/sister writers. May you and your family be blessed and may you end the writing year of 2018 on a positive note. Amen