SUMMER WRITING TIPS

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Submitted Date 06/20/2019
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If you're anything like me, summer is a fun but sometimes hectic time. Vacations, kids being home, graduation parties, and so forth can take away time from writing.

Nothing beats sitting out in the warm sun on a beautiful day and writing but sometimes that just doesn't seem possible.

Here are a few ideas to keep the creativity following during the dog days of summer.

1) Set a Time

Set a specific time each day to sit and write. It'll give you something to look forward to while dealing with everything going on around you.

2) Start a journal.

If you can't find a set time to write, keep a journal handy to jot down ideas or small scenes so you don't forget them later. It doesn't have to be a physical journal either, I've found writing down prompts I think of on my phone is a good way to keep it organized; and who doesn't have a phone on them nowadays.

3) Prompts

Still having problems? Search prompts either specific to what you feel like writing or just single word ones.

A few of my personal faves for summer include.

- Beaches

- Camping or sitting by a campfire

- Hiking

- Watching the sunrise or set

- Going on a picnic

4) Try not to get frustrated

I am guilty of this. I want to get so many ideas out and when I don't I feel frustration and end up not writing anything. Take your time. Sometimes the creative juices flow and other times you end up staring at a blank page for ten minutes. Forcing yourself to write never works out.

I hope my tips help chase away the writing woes that come with summer.

If you have any tips please leave a comment for others!

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  • Julie Nunn 1 year, 1 month ago

    I try not to force anything....I allow myself to let the inspirations come along organically. I don't let myself feel guilty if I don't write every day.....I spend a lot of time reading about many different things and then usually sooner rather than later ideas come to me in whatever form they take....it's kind of like following the current of a body of water....it takes you wherever it takes you.

  • Kiersten Felch 1 year, 1 month ago

    Giving yourself a chance to write is the best thing you can do for yourself!

  • Rick Doble 1 year ago

    I have found the way to keep writing is to keep writing. So I've gotten into the habit of taking notes constantly -- whatever comes into my mind. I write these down in the same notebook where I keep my to-do lists. I use the front pages for the practical stuff and the back pages for the writing stuff. I also like freeform computer databases that let you move and rearrange all the data on the fly. My favorite is the free TreePad. If you keep in the habit of writing and putting your thoughts down, the good carefully crafted works will follow.