I don’t know about you, but my most prolific writing sessions seem to happen in the Spring/Fall and November (which I’m told is part of Winter…I don’t know, I’m from the South). Summertime, which seems like it should be the best candidate for long periods of writing, does not typically afford me enough time to really sink into the stories I’m trying to work on.
As I was thinking about this earlier, I came up with 3 reasons why that might be the case:
1) School is out. Even if you don’t have school aged children at home with you, the change is evident when you walk outside and there are children running around, riding their bikes through town, etc. Their voices ring out down the street and remind you that Summer has come. This then distracts you from your writing.
2) “Nicer” weather. Now I actually do know several people who prefer the cold of winter to the blaring heat of summer; however, for the most Summer is considered to have better weather affords people more opportunities to go to the lake, the amusement park, etc. This mentality leads to more people making trips (day or longer) throughout these few warmer months. Plenty of inspiration can come from these trips and from the nicer weather, but lazy cloud watching doesn’t lend itself to rolling over and writing.
3) Different Schedules. We’ve touched on this is the last two reasons. With summer comes a different schedule. Vacations are taken, day care hours are cut, visits are made, cookouts are had…etc etc etc During the rest of the year (discounting the Holidays of course) there are usually many less obligatory things for us to deal with. Schedules are much more easily set and you get used to writing for an hour in the evenings or right after breakfast. Then summer shows up…breakfast at the lake would be a perfect time to write if you go alone; otherwise, your pages are just likely to get a little wet.
Do you have other reasons why it might be more difficult to get work done during the summer? Is it easier for you to work during the summer?? Let me know! I always look forward to hearing from you!
“The first snow of the season!” Lexicon Grant crowed, wading through the 6 inch accumulation with glee. “I am SO READY for this!”
“Watch out,” Thessy (short for Thesaurus) Grant warned the hapless Lucas mere seconds before a wad of wet slid down his cheek. “Your girlfriend lives for winter and snow ball fights.”
“Thanks,” Luke grimaced and swiped at his face with a mittened paw, “I thought her competitiveness was mostly left on the courts.”
“Nope,” Thessy grinned and side stepped calmly, once again allowing a large snow ball to hit Lucas in the face. “She holds the record for most snow balls fired of in a single minute.”
“How many is…” SPLAT. Another one.
“Maybe you should move.”
“She likes a moving target,” he grumbled. “Good thing she’s cute.”
“I heard that!” Lexi taunted, “Just wait until we teach you paint snowball laser tag.”
“I miss summer.”
Hopefully you are all deep into a Tyree Tomes Publication, since both my father and I have a book free for download this week. However, the numbers would suggest otherwise 😦
If you just haven’t gotten around to picking them up yet, you can find Dragon on the Green (Stone Dragon Saga Book 3) and Monsoon McKreel and the Rose waiting for you on Amazon.com! (among our numerous other amazing word works of wisdom and whimsy 😉 )
This week I am reading over some of my own works that are nearing readiness for publication, along with actually writing on Dragons in the Deep : The Stone Dragon Saga Book 4. I may be about halfway through the storyline at this point. I hope so anyway. Other than that, I’m reading a lot of smaller books to my 20 month old. She loves to bring me Dr. Seuss and random Scholastic readers, crawl into my lap, and tell me a story about them before I read her the story. I think she likes to see what she gets right, which is something we used to do with the 4th graders before reading a new story so this good training for her!
Now tell me, what are you reading this fine middle of the week? Have you discovered a saucy and sweet summer snack of a book? Or are you delving into the cold world of a hot mystery? Have you found anything you want to suggest to us? Let me know! I do so love hearing from you!
Have a blessed week!