Summer Break: The Boost Your Writing Needs
|This summer, take time to smell |
the roses and recharge your writing.
Take a Break
First things first, actually take a break. This is especially important if you are someone who is used to finding writing time every day. Take a few days and don’t write. We just spent 4+ days in Chicago. My word count for those days? A big goose egg, and I didn’t miss it one bit. Given how much I love my work, this told me I needed the break. Sometimes we get so focused on how to work writing in that we don’t always remember to take a break to recharge.
While you are taking this break, take stock. As you get ready to start writing again, what are you looking forward to and what are you dreading? Recently, I was offered a new contract that would mean steady income. As I put off signing, I realized that I didn’t want to go back into that field. During your time off, if there is something you are happy to leave on the desk, maybe you need to replace it with another kind of writing. Consider how you can make changes.
Take Time To Read
One way take up a new writing challenge is to read. While your kids take advantage of the summer reading program at your local library, do the same. Try that new novelist you’ve heard so much about. Revisit an old favorite. Engage in your guilty pleasure reading. Look at what you write. Does it bear any resemblance to what you love to read? If not, try writing in this area.
Take a New Path
One of the things I always loved about summer was the chance to take a fun class and try something new. This was when I picked up a paint brush and excavated an archaeological site. This summer, try writing something new to you. Get back into poetry. Try your hand at essays. You may discover a new writing passion.
You may not have much time to write in the summer months, but take advantage of the opportunity that summer offers you to recharge, renew your career and get started on something you can pursue with passion once everyone else is back in school.
Find out more about Sue Bradford Edwards and her work on her blog, One Writer's Journey.