Elevate Your Writing Journey This Summer

Tips and Tricks for a Productive Writer’s Life

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Summer can be a great time to get your book written! The longer days can make you feel like you have more time. When it gets dark at 8 pm instead of 4:30 pm, it just feels like you’ve been granted extra hours. Instead of wanting to go to bed early or burying yourself under a warm blanket in front of the TV, you might be willing to sit at your desk longer. At least, this is what it’s like for me. Before I realize it, it’s almost 8pm and my poor dogs are starving because I’m still working and haven’t fed them.

The extra daylight is definitely a bonus. However, summer can also be a time when so many things are going on. Vacations. Household projects. Visits from family members. Kids home from school. These are just a few of the changes to our routines that occur during summer.

So, those extra hours can get swallowed up by everything else that takes little (or big) bites out of your day if you are not careful. However, if you are purposeful about how you spend your summer hours, you can arrive in September having reached all your writing goals.

The Journey

Just like any other journey, if you want to get somewhere, you need a plan. Make a plan for your summer hours so you can make the most of the daylight.

Have clear objectives of what you’d like to accomplish. When people go on a journey, they think about what they’d like to see and do, what they’d like to get done, and with whom they want to spend time.

The summer writing journey should be the same.

What would you like to write?

Where would you like to visit — maybe this is a great time to research settings and locations that you write about in your book.

Whom would you like to interview and see?

Plan your journey and know how you are going to travel to make the most of your summer months.

Use the outdoors

Since it’s so nice outside, consider working out in nature. Being outside naturally makes us feel more creative, maybe because we are more inspired by our surroundings, and this helps us to be more focused…