Well, the big day is almost finally here. All that preparation, money spent, wrapping paper running out, scissors and sticky tape being lost will, hopefully, be worth it as you settle down tomorrow for your post Christmas lunch snooze on the sofa.
But, hold on a minute, there's no room for slacking in a writer's life! Think of all the opportunities for writing that lie in wait for you in 2016. Just think, if you use the ambiance and experiences of this Christmas to sell articles for Christmas 2016, you might find yourself with a little extra spending money which should help soften the blow in New Year 2017! There's nothing like thinking ahead, is there?
So, my challenge for myself and YOU is to write one article pitch for each of the 12 days of Christmas. Instead of collapsing on the sofa following a marathon sprout ingestion, try and stay awake long enough to get your Christmas themed article ideas onto paper!
I'm not talking about producing publishing quality full articles here - just quality pitches that editors up and down the country have been yearning for (and possible begged Santa for) all year. Then, when you've edited and polished your pitch to perfection and have submitted them you can sit back and ... no, not stuff your face with left over Christmas pudding, produce some more quality pitches!
Wouldn't it be great to see some of your efforts this Christmas find themselves in the pages of magazines in Christmas 2016? So lets all give it a bash and see what happens. Do let us know how you get on. I wonder how many of us will do it and actually get an article or two published out of it?
Happy Christmas, now step away from the roast potatoes and get pitching!