It’s almost September. If you’re writing Kindle fiction, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Actually, it’s time for all writers to be thinking about Christmas. Magazines are working on Christmas issues, companies are readying their Christmas sales, and within a month or so, Christmas goodies will start appearing in stores.
I wrote in my writing journal:
Writing fiction? Write your Christmas-themed stories NOW
A few months ago I outlined a series of Christmas-themed short stories and a novella that I want to get onto Amazon by the start of December. They’ll be published under a pen name. I’ve got three months to get them done, which is plenty of time, but I need to make a start now. Editing takes time, and so do revisions.
Tip: Start thinking about Valentine’s Day too, if you’re writing romance fiction – Valentine’s Day arrives within a few weeks of Christmas.
What Will You Write?
You can write short stories, novellas, and even a Christmas novel. Here’s the benefit: Christmas arrives every year, so your stories will get a little boost every December. If you visit Amazon now, you’ll find lots of Christmas-themed fiction which is due for release in the next few weeks.
One writer said she writes slowly, and mourned that she would be too late with her Christmas story. I assured her that she wouldn’t be. Good fiction sells at any time of the year, and she’ll have a head start on next Christmas.
Check Your Archives: Perhaps You’ve Got Fiction You Can Release
Most of my students have stories in their archives which they haven’t finished for one reason or another. Check your own archives. You may have a story which you could write into a Christmas story with little effort.
Alternatively, look at minor characters in the novels you’ve written. You may find one who’s begging to be the hero of his own Christmas story.
I’m looking at my Christmas Kindle fiction as a chance to experiment with genre, settings and character – and emotion. For example, under one of my pen names, I’m writing a Christmas collection of 25 stories, just to experiment with emotion. Christmas is about redemption, and redemption provides wonderful opportunities for conflict and emotion.
Start thinking about your Christmas fiction now. And then, start writing.