Last week was glorious. My daughter went to preschool every morning for camp.
This week stretches ahead, one unbroken stretch of mommying and playdates and groceries and the start of the birthday season in our neighborhood. We’ll have a great time–it is summer, after all–but I won’t be carving out three hours each morning to write.
Here are a few things I plan to do to make sure my novel gets a little attention over the next few months:
- Wake up early. Preferably between 5 and 6, when the kiddo and the husband are asleep and the house is oh-so-quiet.
- Don’t use novel-writing time for blogging just because a scene is annoyingly complicated. There’s only one way to work through a scene, and it doesn’t involve the Internet.
- Set reasonable goals–in my case, moving forward, regardless of word count or number of scenes, will be enough each week. If you need inspiration, Christi Craig of Writing Under Pressure recently posted a great piece on rethinking too-high expectations, “Maybe If I Had Those Boots: A List, Linda Carter and Letting Go.”
- Write whenever there’s time, instead of waiting for inspiration or “the mood.”
- Daydream about bigger chunks of time in the future. For me, that’ll be a few hours each weekend and a weeklong women’s retreat in August.
What priorities will jostle for attention this summer–kids, travel, the garden? How do you plan to squeeze in writing time?