Hello, SE Readers! Hope all is well in your world this Monday. My post today is short and sweet, but I think it’s something most of us can relate to.
Summer doesn’t officially arrive until later this month but believe me when I say it’s summer here in Texas. Ninety-degree daytime highs moved in a couple of weeks ago, and rainfall has virtually stopped. Not that I’m complaining. We had winter-like weather through the end of April.
I love summer. Longer days, shorter nights, spending time outdoors in the evenings while listening to the night sounds. I like being able to get up and go straight to my writing desk without waiting for the house to get warm. (We keep the house chilly at night during the winter months.)
Summer also presents challenges for many writers. Kids are out of school and demand more time. Many of us are involved in summer activities and vacations. Any number of things can interfere with our writing time.
For me, I have to adjust to my husband’s work schedule. He usually works the evening shift, which gives me time to write after I get home from my day job. During the summer months, he switches to a daytime schedule.
Not only do I cook dinner each night but the television is in the same room as my writing area. And my husband loves to watch TV. As much as I try to tune it out, I find the noise distracting and sometimes downright annoying. As I was writing this, he came into the room and turned on the one-eyed monster! At least he watched MASH! (Which in itself presents another distraction for me as that is my all-time favorite TV show.)
But there are practical things to do to keep up with our writing schedule. I can take my laptop and go into another room. We can get up earlier in the morning and write before the kids (or the spouse or significant other) is awake.
We can carve out a few minutes here and there during the day to get in some extra writing time. For those of us that work full time, we can write during our lunch break. Or, if we’re really industrious like P. H., we can carry a dictation machine with us and dictate as we drive.
Spending time with our families is important. And we all need some time away. If your budget allows, take a vacation. It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Often the time we spend away from writing energizes us and makes us more productive in the long run.
What are some of your summertime challenges? How do you overcome them?