Writing A Book With My Dad: Christmas Music… in February?

Dad and I are back to writing our book! We took a break from Thanksgiving to New Year’s (from past years, I know that I’m so busy with the holidays – and happily so – that no writing gets accomplished during the month of December, so I don’t plan to do any) and I spent the past month storyboarding our pages of notes into a cohesive storyline.

Given that I don’t write during the holidays, in the back of my mind I had to know that I wouldn’t be writing our Christmas story during Christmas. But I never really considered what that would mean. When I write, I create a playlist of a dozen or so songs that I listen to pretty exclusively while writing. Sometimes it’s a single album, sometimes it’s a collection of songs. I assumed that when writing a Christmas story, I would be listening to Christmas music. After all, I love Christmas music. So much so that I begin listening to it on November 1. But listening to it in February? I’m not sure this is going to jive.

I listened to country music while I storyboarded, which fit nicely with the small town atmosphere we’re trying to create. But I can’t shake the feeling that Christmas music would really imbue my writing with Christmas spirit. I just need to see if I can find a way to turn my Christmas spirit on, write, and then turn it back off so I’m not disappointed by the fact that’s it’s NOT the most wonderful time of the year. Wish me luck!

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