I know, I know… summertime is supposed to be that exquisite breath of freedom we waited for all winter. Through grey days of rain, sleet and snow we bemoaned SAD syndrome and blamed work, school, community, church and family commitments for our lack of writing time.
“When summer arrives, I’ll have more time and energy for writing.”
Well, guess what? summer is here, and a graphic from the Environment Canada Weather Office says we can count on sunshine and heat for at least the next week. So how did I spend my first hot day? Not writing. I sat out on the deck with my daughter-in-law, read a bit, talked lots, and watched the little one playing in her paddle pool. But I didn’t write.
That’s the trouble with summertime. In many cases schedules become non-existent and the things we normally would be disciplined about, slip through the inverted time cracks.
In the comments on my Monday post I discovered my fellow Wipsters have some wonderfully ambitious #wipmadness writing goals in mind for July. As the month progresses it will be interesting to see how many of us are able to reach those goals — and how many become victims of summer’s non-schedules.
How will you combat the distractions and/or inertia that often accompany hot weather holiday time , excursions to the beach, bored out-of-school children, and visiting relatives? Do you have a plan for carving out essential time for your writing? Have you tried any of these ideas?
- Beg an hour’s time from your supportive spouse, letting him take over the children (or garden chores, meal prep, or whatever happens to be demanding your attention) while you sequester yourself in the office and write.
- Schedule a family afternoon at the beach or pool, but take an extra blanket or lawn chair and sit apart from the rest of the family, putting hubby or a teenager in charge of supervising the younger members while you write.
- Get away to the library to write by trading an afternoon’s babysitting from a neighbour, family member or friend, in exchange for baking or a home-cooked meal that you can prepare in double quantities another day while you’re making your own.
- Prepare a ‘Writing on the Run’ kit to grab with your purse and take with you on the way out the door to soccer games, swim club or doctor’s waiting rooms. It can be a zippered case, small tote bag or even a Zip-loc plastic bag… as simple or as fancy as you like… as long as it holds a hard-covered pad of paper, pens and sticky notes. If you’re working on revisions or edits, print out an extra copy for the kit, and include a coloured pen.
- If you use an eReader, Netbook, or iPad that will allow you to edit a document, convert your manuscript to the appropriate format and have a copy loaded and ready so you can make use of time away from your home computer.
What other ways have you found that allow you to make time for writing when, as my mother used to say, your schedule “gets all shot to pot?”
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