Looking for a few summer writing tips? If you’re anything like me, you’re spending time outdoors – reading a juicy novel in a hammock while the birds chirp around you, tching up with friends on a walk around the neighborhood, dancing under the stars. Summer is such a glorious time of year.
So, how do you make it work for you when it comes to your writing?
Schedule your summer writing time. It’s easy for summer to roll on by rather quickly. As I mentioned last week, when you schedule the writing time–and keep it sacred–you’ll be sure to capture some of that time for your writing.
Capitalize on the inspiration and harmony of nature. Write for 20 minutes before reading in your hammock. Or write after a work or berry picking, when your mind is in a relaxed, or even meditative, state. Time in nature is a huge creativity boost.
Capture experiences right away. You may not have time for hours of writing, but you can at least capture an anecdote, such as an inspiring example of a principle you teach in your book. Jot it down while it’s fresh in your mind.
Tap into community for summer writing. It’s easy to get caught up in summer activities and forget about writing. Make a commitment with a friend to keep focused and accountable. Set up a regular summer writing date (weekly or monthly), where you sit on the porch in the shade (or sun) and write in your journals or laptops.
Hey, it’s summer. I won’t belabor these writing productivity ideas. Go enjoy yourself. And write!
Feel free to share your wonderful summer writing tips as a comment below!
Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.