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?