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Summer Approaches…How to Get Your Writing in Anyway

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The summer rapidly approaches. We creative types are going to have to fight against the hot weather, sandy beaches, and the urge to go on vacation in addition to all the other stuff that gets in the way of writing and/or creating.

So, what’s to do?

Here’s a few strategies that may help you continue to work on your writing and/or other creative activities, in no particular order:

Write when you get up.

This particular idea sounds a bit antithetical, especially to me, because I hate mornings. (I am a well-known night owl who may as well have been born a vampire, as that way I’d have a very good reason not to like mornings.) But even I have occasionally managed to write in the morning; the trick here is, if you wake up with a strong idea, don’t wait around.

Just start writing, and see where your imagination takes you.

Write in the in-between times.

You know how, in every busy day, there are a few “in-between” times? Like when you’re waiting to go in for a doctor’s appointment, or when you’re waiting for a bridge to go up (I live on a city with many waterways, so that’s a real concern here), or when you’re just waiting, period?

Bring a pad with you. It can be a tablet, an old-fashioned wired notebook, or anything else…the important thing here is, you jot down some notes about your writing if you get one during one of these in-between times, so you don’t forget.

Write after dinner.

So, you’ve gotten through your busy day. (Or you gave in, went to the beach, swam and biked and ran around — or at least sunned yourself for a while.) You’re back home, you’ve just had your late meal, and you’re getting a bit tired.

Push that tiredness to the side as best you can, and go write for a bit.

.The trick here is, just give yourself the permission to write. Do whatever you can to get that writing and/or creative activity in, and you’ll find a way to get it done.

(You just have to trust me on this. OK?)

What do you do to get your writing in during the summer? Tell me about it in the comments!

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Written by Barb Caffrey

June 1, 2017 at 6:48 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on All About Writing and more.

    Henrietta Watson

    June 1, 2017 at 7:10 pm

  2. Really good points on writing whenever possible! I live in a tropical country so it’s like summer here all year round, so this will be useful for me. 😛

    Nicolle

    June 1, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    • I hope it helps, regardless of climate. But yes, when it’s temperate outside, there are many, many distractions…it’s hard to focus down, sometimes.

      Thanks, Nicolle! 🙂

      Barb Caffrey

      June 2, 2017 at 1:48 am

      • Distractions are my nemesis! So the best time/place for me to write is when I’m alone at my laptop at my quiet home corner. 😛😛😛

        Nicolle

        June 2, 2017 at 7:27 am

      • That works for me, Nicolle. 🙂 May you get much writing done, and enjoy it to the fullest. 😀

        Barb Caffrey

        June 2, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      • Thanks, Barb, and you too! ❤❤❤

        Nicolle

        June 3, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      • Thanks much, Nicolle. 🙂 Here’s hoping.

        Barb Caffrey

        June 4, 2017 at 10:26 pm

  3. You do realize there’s no way I’m going to get up early to write, don’t you? 😉

    Jasini

    June 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm


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