I have a deep respect for all those who participate in National Novel Writing Month (#nanowrimo) and National Blog Posting Month (#nablopomo). Writing marathons require deep pools of creativity and willpower, and there is a very real risk of burn-out at the end of the challenge. Replenish those resources—and celebrate your accomplishments at the same time—with a little break this December.
Explore Your Own Neighborhood
Atlas Obscura is "the definitive guide to the world's wondrous and curious places." It is a great tool for finding local and quirky landmarks, museums, and adventures. As a Chicago native, I could spend the afternoon at a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa or a renowned rock shop and dinosaur museum.
Learn Something New
When my brain is fried after doing too much of one thing, I like to change gears completely and pick up a new skill. Skillshare is a great place to find online classes about music, cooking, fashion, technology, design, crafts, and so much more. (I'm not even interested in screenwriting, but I definitely would have taken James Franco's Skillshare class had I known it was being offered.)
Relax and Order Room Service
I already have plans to spend one full day of my Christmas vacation having all my meals delivered to me at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago while I curl up in a bundle of blankets with my favorite TV shows, movies, and books. Trip Advisor offers plenty of ways to find the best hotels near you, including those with the best room service. For an extra dose of indulgence, book a few nights at one of Trip Advisor's top hotels of 2015.
For more ideas, check out this (crass but cute) list of gift ideas for writers—beyond just journals and pens—or this list of experience gifts from Oh Happy Day.