From fluffy holiday AUs to whole stories centering around the magic of the holiday season to character arcs revolving around changed relationships with the holidays (hello Scrooge), the holidays are a favorite of writers all over the world.
But there’s more than just the candy cane Christmas spirit or the giddy, hopeful New Years. Even within Christmas and New Years, the traditions and food vary all over the world, and bringing hints of cultural heritage into these celebrations can set your story apart from other holiday tales and bring something new to the table.
Inspired by Kate Cavanaugh Writes on YouTube, this article features a character-building exercise. Have you ever panicked when someone asks you what to get you for Christmas or your birthday? Knowing our wants and needs can be a very tricky thing, but how good are your characters at knowing themselves? The following five prompts will allow you to learn more about your characters through gifts.
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The ever-changing world of Hollywood sees trends come and disappear in the blink of an eye, but there is one trend that has managed to stay relevant even after many decades -- Christmas-themed stories. At the end of every year, you can put your faith in Netflix to churn out the same cliched Christmas movies. All the sitcoms also always have holiday specials. And all the people during December religiously go on a holiday movie binge marathon.
All this leads to a vital question -- what actually makes these Christmas stories so popular?
You may be stressed out by the stack of books you didn’t get to this year, or the reading goal you set for yourself. But figuring out what to read, if you desire to do so, should not be difficult. At the end of the year it’s important to take a pause for yourself and stress out as little as possible. If books are where you turn when you need to unwind, hopefully this article can give you a nudge in the right direction. Read on for a winter reading guide featuring six genres for the indecisive reader.