One Writer’s Journey

June 13, 2019

Short and Sweet: Finding Time to Write in the Summer

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At this point in my writing life, I am the mom of a 20 year-old lifeguard.  He’s at home but he’s also working at two pools and taking a Calc 2.  Class just started this week so it remains to be seen just how often I will see him.  That said, I do remember trying to fit writing in around a 3rd grader home for the summer.  Here are five tips to help you keep your writing alive during the summer.

  1.  Don’t give up.  Are you a writer?  If the answer to that question is yes, you are going to want to fit in at least some writing.  If you are going to fit it in, you actually need to try thus my encouragement not to give up.
  2. Be realistic.  Now that you’ve decided to find time to write, you are going to want to be realistic.  Fitting in an hour a day may be possible if you are the mother of a high schooler or a swimmer in a summer swim league.  If you are the mom of an active grade schooler, an hour a day may be just a touch unrealistic unless you can work it in 20 minutes at a time.
  3. Small amounts add up.  Whether we are talking trying to write a page a day or 20 minutes a day, small amounts will add up.
  4. Bite sized writing.  Twenty minutes a day will add up but depending on your mind set you might also want to write something bite sized.  Crafts, activities, poems, and games aren’t easy but they are short.  Try your hand at some bite sized writing.
  5. Summer vacation is a wonderful thing.  Last but not least, don’t forget what a wonderful thing summer vacation can be.  Take your kids to the movies.  Go to the park and throw a Frisbee.  Swim.  Fish.  Hike.  Take the time to have summer and use it as inspiration in your writing.

When you don’t have as much time to write, don’t be afraid to change things up so that you can still fit writing into your day!



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