Monday, August 30, 2010

Falling back into Writing

OK, no more slacking. You've taken enough time it's time to get busy. Don't wanna hear those lame excuses about what a perfect pool day it is or that you're taking the kids to the movies or it's just too stinkin' hot and you've got no energy left to write. Blah, blah, blah. It's not gonna work anymore. Renew your mind, focus, and get to work. Got it? That book is not going to write itself, you know.

No, I'm not talking to you, I'm talking to myself. Although, maybe you need a little pep talk, too. I love summer, but during the months of June, July, and August, calling myself a writer would be, well, lying. I'm sorry, but adding a measly 1,000 words to my novel over the course of 3 months does not a writer make.

Just as plumbers must plumb, and nurses must nurse, and salesmen must sell, writers must write. Like every day. OK, a brief vacation is in order, particularly during the beautiful summer months, but I've been on what you could call a three-month leave. Only mine has not been a medical leave, it's been a mental leave.

The good news is that the time has come. In one week, the kids go back to school and I go back to work. Fall is my most creative and productive season and I am truly looking forward to creating and producing.

But that's next week. For now, if you'll excuse me, it's going to be sunny and 90 today. The pool is calling my name.

So what's your most productive season of writing? Do you struggle to make time to write during the summer months?


Random Ramblings of said...

Does "I need a ride out to the field. I need you to go pick up a part. Can you hold this a minute?" count as excused time? HA! That is why I leave my house - but need to do it more.

Diane said...

Thanks for the pep talk. I have a crit group coming up and need to prioritize! :O)

Caroline said...

LOL. Funny post, but so true. It's so easy to get into that mindset (for writers). Wonder if doctors & executives ever do this?


Raquel Byrnes said...

I think I'm blessed to have insomnia...I always, ALWAYS start writing after everyone is in bed and go into the wee hours. So quiet and still.

Edge of Your Seat Romance

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Linda -

I write best in cooler weather. Something about the heat makes me lethargic.

Susan :)

quietspirit said...

I write best when I am not interrupted. For me,the season has nothing to do with it. Life interrupted my writing life in June for about two weeks. And it seems like for at least three weeks in August. I hav learned to deal with the husband-interruptions. I just take them in stride, usually. Sharing a computer with our son gets a bit ticklish. That's why I purchased an AlphaSmart NEO. I can write on it and transfer the items to my PC.