This month is both traumatic and rich in writing opportunities here in Israel.
It starts off with the festival of Pesach ( Passover) with all its myriand preparations from spring cleaning to clothes and food shopping and cooking.
This is followed just a week after the end of the festival,by Holocaust Memorial day.
Exactly one week later we have Memorial Day for soldiers fallen in Israel's wars and terrorist attacks
.And the next day is Independence Day.
This month is both a writer's blessing and nightmare. There are so many opportunities and so many possibilities to write about but you have to be very well organized to make the most of it.
And that organization starts a full 12 months in advance.
My neighbor's daughter went on a trip to see what remains of some of the concentration camps of Europe and was there with the Israeli contingent on Holocaust Memorial Day.
As soon as she returned I went and interviewed her - ready for an article on this topic next year.. If I wait too long she'll have forgotten all her fresh memories and the raw feeling of pain that she experienced there.
As I was cleaning and cooking before Passover I made notes of things worth adding to an article or blog on Passover preparations for next year.
Wandering around town on the eve of Independence Day I marveled at how much the celebrations had changed over the years and my mind was already writing an essay on Independecne celebrations of 20 years ago - no use for this year but I have every chance of selling it next year. If I wait another six months until submission time to write it I'll have forgotten all those memories that sprung up on the day itself this year.
The time when most of us have the greatest ideas for articles about an event, whether it is Thanksgiving/ Xmas/ summer vacations / Mother's Day etc , is in the midst of the event itself.
Don't despair and think you've missed the boat. Write it now and make a note in whatever form of online, virtual or physical calendar you use, to remember to submit it in its entirety or a pitch in 6 - 9 month's time depending on whether it's a weekly, monthly or daily publication or site.
Planning a year ahead makes sure you never get writer's block and can help keep the checks flowing.