Summer Writing – Keep it going!

Summer is, in fact, coming, though here in the Midwest we’ve barely felt spring yet. For women writers, summer can bring new challenges to the writing routine. Depending on where you are in your life, there may be children home and chauffeur duties. Perhaps you will be able to travel quite a bit. Or, will grandchildren visits dot your summer days? Does the heat and humidity sap you at times?

If you’re visiting campus now for reunion, or at the later reunion, or at another point, don’t forget your notebook! Memories are sure to be unleashed and you won’t want to lose them in case a story idea bubbles up.

Try to remember to use whatever is on the horizon to help your writing. Travelling? Keep a notebook of setting ideas. Kids visiting? Character sketches, dialogue ideas. And, however you can, protect some time for your own writing, even if it’s only two pages a day. If you’re interested in a challenge involving two pages a day, check into The Summer Novelist’s Club on Facebook: “Beginning May 16 through August 28, members of the 2011 Ric Hess Memorial Summer Novelist’s Club will write 500 words a day, every day, culminating in a completed, 53,000-word first draft. Think of it this way: It’s just two pages a day!” Even if drafting a novel isn’t your thing, think what committing to 500 words a day could do for your summer writing productivity!

What are your summer writing goals?

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2 thoughts on “Summer Writing – Keep it going!

  1. For me as a working writer, summer is when many months of labor culminate in birth! The fun part — telling the story — is long over. Now comes the big push to get those babies out into the world in time for tourist season! This year I have twins: an illustrated memoir, “Edward Gorey Plays Cape Cod,” and a novel, “Croaked: an Edgar Rowdey Cape Cod Mystery.” The day they first appeared on Amazon, I allowed myself a full minute of heart-swelling maternal pride. Then nose returned to grindstone for the 24/7 job of letting future beach readers know they exist. Sometimes that feels like surf-casting, sometimes like archery, sometimes like throwing rocks into the air hoping to hit a pheasant. The best moments are when a book connects with a reader (or curator or librarian): then it’s like Michelangelo’s Adam touching God’s finger.

    • Congrats to you, Carol! I’m interested in your books – my family vacations in Eastham on the Cape most summers. 🙂 For me, some of this summer will be spent in a workshop that I’m really excited about – the New York State Summer Writer’s Institute at Skidmore. Thanks for stopping by the blog. Best wishes!

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