By Claudette Young
Everyday is a holiday. Pick one. Now, write about it.Simple task, right? Well, maybe not. Here’s a fun way, though, to pull out of a writing slump and perhaps earn some greenbacks in the process.
Many magazines need and want short pieces written about holidays. Those celebratory days don’t have to match major/national ones. Find something unique, perhaps even about your own town or state, and march words across your page.
Hop over to the Holiday Insights website. Scroll down to whatever month seems promising to you and click on it. How much easier can it get?
Find something fun. For example: Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day—January 12.
Know any wild men? Now’s your chance to go out and interview a few. Think about it. Get their take on such a holiday (one they probably didn’t know existed).
Invite a few of these men to a pizza joint and watch them celebrate. Ask about why they might think of themselves as wild men. Hey, it’s just a suggestion.
What about April? This month has special month status, honored weekly status, and daily holidays. You could keep writing for a year on this collection if you wanted to spend the time.
Here are a few selected possibilities for April.
- National Humor Month
- International Guitar Month
- National Kite Month
- National Poetry Month
- National Pecan Month
- National Welding Month
- Stress Awareness Month
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month
These give a writer both fun and serious possible subjects.
For weekly honors, we have:
- Week 1 Read a Road Map Week.
- Week 2 Garden Week
- Week 3 Organize Your Files Week
- Week 4 National Karaoke Week
There are a few others, but not nearly as fun.
Daily celebrations run a gamut of subjects and attitudes. But, you get the drift. Every month has a plethora of options fully blossomed and ready for plucking.
So, when you find yourself feeling especially stagnant as a writer or just out of sorts and stuck, pull up this holiday calendar and start arranging a bouquet of short pieces for publication. Heck, you could base an entire blog on this fanciful possibility.
And remember, new holidays are created all the time by someone and that someone could be you.