I don’t know how it is where you are but here January is grey and brown. It is cold—cold enough to freeze your hands and to make your fingers so clumsy on the keyboard that you constantly use spellcheck (four times so far in this article) and it is easier to shut the laptop and curl under a blanket than it is to type.
While it is extremely difficult to knock out blog posts, it is the very best time ever to write fiction. Think about it. You have all of that lovely chocolate stocked up in your body from the holidays. Since everyone totally knows that good writing is fueled with chocolate and caffeine, you are primed to be a fiction writing machine.
Although you might think that the holidays were a total waste of time writing-wise, you are wrong. If you think about it, you’ve been practicing fiction the entire time. How many ugly sweaters did you admire? (Lots) How many dishes of food did you declare delicious when they really were at the best ordinary and at worst, the pie of Satan.
(If you’re keeping track there have been eleven typos— Satan Pie was on purpose.)
In addition to all of the lying you’ve been doing fiction you’ve practiced, there were the extreme emotions on display at every holiday event just waiting for you to gather them up and add them to your characters. There’s a reason everyone is exhausted after the holidays. They’ve left all of their emo all over the place and it takes time to build it up again. While they are melted into their recliners, you take all of the spilled emotion and make characters that are awesome and crazy and wonderful.
The cherry on top is the fact that there really isn’t anything outside to window to distract you from your story. Now, my evil darlings get your butt in the chair and write.