Writing? In the Summer?

Building Your Writing Practice – Workout Wednesday

My appointment book on my desk, with times to write highlighted.  (Photo:  Theresa Duncan)

The tyranny of the urgent often seems to be a guiding force in my life.  Especially in summer, there is always something pressing that needs doing right now:  watering the wilting flower baskets, picking up prescriptions in town, pick up at the CSA, going to Farmers Market, mowing (or sometimes haying) the lawn, cleaning the chicken coup – the list seems endless. 

My one, non-negotiable remains writing.  I struggled, crawling into bed at night, exhausted, thinking, “I’m too tired to write.  I’ll do it tomorrow.”  When the sun came up, that to-do list emerged powerfully and ate away my time.  One day I thought, “If I say I am a writer, if I say writing is my passion, then writing must be my priority or I am just lying to myself.”  I made a list of the reasons I let other things stop me from writing.

  • I don’t know what to write right now.
  • I have too much to do.
  • I can write later.
  • I’m likely to “fail.”  Since I will probably never be published, writing doesn’t matter.
  • What if no one wants to read my writing?

Sound familiar?  (See 5 Excuses Not to Write) Dear writer/friend, I bring this up because these excuses keep us from doing what we are meant to do – write.

I must schedule set times to write, making myself stick to those times unless an emergency or appointment absolutely cannot be helped ( See One Thing…).  I treat writing like a job, so that valid excuses become harder to make.  This sounds rather harsh and unromantic; for a time keeping that schedule was an act of sheer will.  Now that I have been on this schedule for a while, it feels wrong to break it, wrong to not write, wrong to not practice my passionate, writing life.

Admittedly, summer can be a busier, and so, more difficult time to write.  Maybe the solution is to be gentle with yourself this summer, especially if you don’t have a hard and fast habitual schedule for your writing practice.  Start by setting aside enough time to write just one sentence while the coffee is brewing or a paragraph just before retiring for the night.  That’s why this blog is called Stacking Stones:  word upon word, line upon line, we stack stones, parts of stories, until they are complete.

Whether you can set aside a three-hour block or just a one-minute timer, write.  Write now!  Write every day.  Build your practice.  I am cheering you on!  I believe you can do this!  And I cannot wait to read your stories!

Start now.  Write one sentence.  Publish it in the reply section.  I promise to read it. Great job!

Happy writing… ~T

At Stacking Stones Writers, I seek to create a community of writers, a place you can go to find encouragement for your passion – writing.  Please follow the Stacking Stones Writers blog to have easy access to all the tips, tools, and ideas shared here.  Thank you!

One Reply to “Writing? In the Summer?”

  1. I agree. Summer is busier and it is hard to find the time to write. I keep my lap top out in the open so if I have a few minutes I can take advantage of them scheduled time is hard for me as a stay home parent with three kids. I’m always on duty. But my WIP is getting attention, mayne not as much as I’d like.


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