You might love baubles and tinsel or maybe you want to resist all seasonal shenanigans at this time of year.
Whatever side of the celebrations you fall on, it is almost impossible to ignore the signs including rockers Wizzard singing, “I wish it could be Christmas every day…”
One of the “impossibles to ignore” is festive lit. There’s a burgeoning band of authors who love writing about snow, Christmas, cinnamon sticks and sugar plum fairies. After all, Dickens did it and there’s still a demand for his snow-covered classic, A Christmas Carol – publishing house Penguin has even released a stylish clothbound edition of the book, which makes a great stocking filler.
It’s a popular genre. Here are 5 ways to write for the mistletoe market:
5 festive tips for writers
1. Be kinder than necessary
Even miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge finds kindness in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The character transformation in this festive tale brings cheer and hope to a “cold, bleak, biting Christmas”.
2. Believe in miracles
Make the impossible happen. Miracle on 34th Street by Valentine Davies is a charming reminder that miracles make the world a better place.
3. Get sentimental
It’s the one time in your writing career that you can pull out the sentimental stops. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg will show you how’s it’s done – Santa’s sleigh bell scene.
4. Kiss under the mistletoe
Romance goes into overdrive throughout the holiday season. You can bring two people together simply by brandishing some green-twigged foliage. Also, think about all the kissing when the clock strikes midnight to mark the start of the New Year.
5. Think savvy marketing
Your festive-themed book will ALWAYS be relevant in the month of December. Each year, jump on the festive-gift marketing bandwagon and use enticing lines such as: “Perfect stocking filler read” and “Gorgeous gift for book lovers”.