Does your approach to your writing change with the seasons?
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, spring is turning into summer. For many of us, that means a more relaxed schedule and an opportunity to change when and how we write.
But, while writing is enjoyable, we also want to take advantage of the sunny days and longer evenings to relax and take things slowly.
That’s why it’s important to make some decisions in advance and plan a summer that lets you strike a balance.
When you have a plan for your summer, you can distinguish between work time and play time and that will add up to more fun and relaxation.
Setting your Summer Schedule
Last week, I encouraged you to think about how you wanted to approach your writing in June. Now, I am inviting you to consider the season as a whole.
Given that your schedule is a bit more relaxed, do you want to take a break from your writing? Or do you want to try to get more done?
Either of those is great.
You don’t HAVE to take time away if you don’t want to.
And you don’t HAVE to try to do more, either.
I think the key is to make a choice. Making a decision, based on the info you have right now, will help you avoid that vague discontent that arises from meaning to do *something* but not settling on just what you want to do.
And, please don’t worry about changing your mind later. If you change your mind, change your plans!
You might have a specific project (or part thereof) in mind for the summer. Or perhaps your plans/goals are more habit-based – a certain number of minutes a day or so many pages a week.
No matter which approach you choose for the season ahead, be kind to yourself and allow yourself as much time as possible to rest and relax.
Summer as a Writing Resource
As you are considering your approach, I also invite you to think about summer as a resource.
What experiences and activities are only available to you in the summer?
If your story, or part of it, is set in the summer, this is a great time to gather sensory information about weather, activities, traffic, and nature that can enhance your descriptions of your characters’ experiences.
Who can you connect with in the summer who might not be available at other times?
Perhaps there are experts or professionals who have time for an appointment in summer. Maybe there are friends who are more available in summer.
Or, you might be able to join (or form) a summer writing group or attend online events.
(Of course, we recommend the 10 Minute Novelists’ Conference for meeting other writers and learning from experts in the field)
Choose the best summer you can
Whether this summer will find you doing more writing, some research, different activities, or taking time away from the page, I think you will enjoy those things more if you make a conscious choice about them.
Knowing what you intend to accomplish and choosing how to do that will make for a more satisfying summer.
If it isn’t summer where you live, I invite you to consider what the season you are moving into can offer you and your writing practice.
And, as always, I hope you are kind to yourself about your writing, your habits, and your goals.
Christine Hennebury’s storytelling career began when she was four and her parents didn’t believe her tale about water shooting out of her nose onto the couch – they insisted that she had spilled bubble solution from the empty jar in her hand. Luckily, her skills have improved since then. Christine makes up stories, shares stories, and coaches other people who are working on stories, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Find out more about her at christinehennebury.com