The Twelve Days Of Christmas…Writing Clichés

Recently I found myself wondering why there were no Christmas songs specifically about writers. Writers make Christmas, I thought. Without the retold old stories and the cynically commercial new song lyrics and the eye-wateringly predictable movie screenplays and the somewhat jaded newspaper articles that accompany the season, there would be no season, goshdarnit.

Poor writers! I thought, briefly scratching my head as it became infected with ancient Christmas music I was only subconsciously aware of on the radio. Someone should do something about that, I mused. Someone should put something together that’s festive, and puts writers front and centre.

Well, I’m over at Anne R. Allen’s blog today, doing just that. Anne’s blog is a mighty and awesome resource, regularly cited as one of the top websites for writers in the world.

It’s full of the most sensible and sane writing advice you’ll find and loved by multitudes. So when she asked me to write a guest post for her earlier this year, I was so excited and grateful I roared “YAY CHRISTMAS!!” out loud, startling a young mother on the street nearby and occasioning her baby to drop his ice-cream and start to cry, which is a pretty awful thing to do on one of the few sunny summer days of the year in Ireland.

Nevertheless, the fact remains that Anne has very kindly let me loose on her blog today – see here – and so you’ll find me there reworking an old classic – “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

Now just try and get that tune out of your head. You can punish me later.



The Twelve Days of Christmas (...Writing Clichés)

  8 comments for “The Twelve Days Of Christmas…Writing Clichés

  1. December 10, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Reblogged this on anita dawes and jaye marie.

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  2. December 14, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    A tour de force!

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    • December 14, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      Certainly felt that way, Hilary. Seemed like I was fighting off those partridges and turtle doves for days.

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  3. Lucy At Home
    December 27, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    This made me laugh. So true that all the stories are the same and I laughed at the common plot themes (and holes) that you highlighted. And congratulations because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the BlogCrush linky! Feel free to grab your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 And have a lovely Christmas #blogcrush

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    • December 29, 2017 at 1:21 am

      Thank you Lucy! That’s lovely to hear! Hope you’re also having a lovely Christmas 😀


  4. January 2, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Only just got around to reading this (I know, I’m a bad babbit). But despite it being a whole new year, your little Christmassy blog continued the festive theme (even though I had to start work again today, boo!). Very insightful & funny, as always.
    And I sang the song at the end! 😀

    In my head, obviously, I’m not mad.

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    • January 2, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      Not a bad babbit at all, my babbity friend. It’s a miracle anybody reads anything at Christmas. I can barely focus, let alone read. Probably why it’s so easy to slip people a cliché at this time of year. Please send on the recording of your singing ASAP. Happy new year!

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