Sunday, December 22, 2013

10 Question of the Week: What Writerly Things are on Your Holiday Wish List?

Hey everyone! It’s Clara Kensie, back with a new Question of the Week! Pretty much the only thing writers love as much as writing is talking about writing. So each week here at Adventures in YA Publishing, I post a question for you to answer. The questions cover all topics important to writers: craft, career, writers’ life, reading and books. Together we’ll become better writers by sharing tips and discussing our habits and practices.

December 22, 2013

Happy holidays, AYAP friends! I know everyone is super-busy with holiday celebrations, so I’ll keep the QotW short and sweet:

What writerly things are on your holiday wishlist?

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MY ANSWER: I would love a new laptop, something lighter and faster than the heavy thing I lug around now. But the writerly thing I want most isn’t something you can wrap. I want time. Uninterrupted writing time. I constantly daydream about going away for a week, all by myself, to a comfy cabin or even a hotel room, with just my laptop. No phone, no TV, no wifi. I would wear my favorite slipper socks, pajama pants and oversized hoodies, munch on simple, yummy snacks, and have a writing marathon. I bet I could write or revise half a manuscript in that week. This is the only thing I asked my family for this year: a solitary writing retreat.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? What writerly things are on your holiday wishlist?


  1. I've had many times when I thought that if I could just get away for a weekend alone, I could get so much writing done, so yes - I'm with you on this one!

  2. In general, I need more time in my day. This holiday I am rewriting my MS from past tense to present tense...a time-consuming task that might kill me.

  3. I'm like you. I just want more time to write. It's a constant struggle to find time to write with working and raising a family.

  4. Honestly, I would love a subscription to Writers Digest Magazine.

  5. Great reviews. The ability to write faster. The ability to read faster (so I can read more books in and out of my genre). Those three things pretty much make it to the top of my list. :)

  6. post my "gone writing" sign on my door and spend dedicated time writing without distractions (sometimes I loose focus without any help at all).

  7. My wish is that my audio book is available before Christmas. That would be a miracle, indeed. MAYBE it'll be available by New Year's.

  8. I want a publishing contract. LOL Also, uninterrupted time to write would be great too, although I know I have more time than a lot of other writers since I don't have a day/other job. Hope you get your week retreat! :)

  9. More time and greater discipline. Is that too much to ask? (sigh) I've often thought of making my own retreat and just renting a room near the coast where I can hear the waves crashing for four or five days. That would be enough.

  10. I hope everyone gets their wishes! Looks like most of us want more time to write.

    I'm happy to report that I will probably get my writing retreat! And I won't have to spend any money to do it! My mom and stepdad live about 30 minutes away, and they are going out of town in a few weeks. I'm going to stay at their house! Just me and my laptop. I won't be able to stay an entire week, probably just for two days, but I will make the most of those two days!


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