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How to Write Without Distractions in the Summer by Irene Roth

It can be hard to write in the summer months. There are vacations and other distractions. People are home from work and school, and this year it will be even different because of the pandemic. We can’t travel too far. So, our family members will be at home, and some of them will arrive at our homes for weeks at a time. So, given these circumstances, how can we write during the summer regardless.

Well, if you want to be a successful writer, you must write consistently regardless. I have coached writers who have struggled with this problem. The way out of it is to create a habit of writing. I will show you how to do that in this article.

Here are a few ways to ensure that you write consistently.

  1. Schedule your writing for your most productive time of day. For instance, it is best not to leave our writing for the very last thing at night, especially if you have to get up early to work. Instead, choose a time when you will be productive such as right after work or before dinner. You may also want to wake up earlier and write for 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Set aside a specific amount of time for each writing project. When you do this, you won’t need to rush or feel that you’re neglecting your other writing projects in favor of the one you’re working on at the moment. You’ll be able to relax and give attention to the project that you are working on.
  3. Build some momentum for those larger writing projects. For instance, if you’re working on something like a book, you need to keep at it long enough to see things start coming together and build some momentum. The momentum that you build will help you show up to your writing every day.
  4. Don’t try to write for more than three to four hours at a time without a break. If you can only write for one hour at a time that will be a good start. As you create momentum, you’ll naturally increase your writing time. Too often, we feel we need to set aside huge chunks of time for writing. However, this isn’t the case. Small, consistent chunks of time will help you be most successful. The key is to write consistently, not just when you’re in the mood to write.
  5. Schedule something fun and relaxing to do after you write. This can be your reward for the day. You want writing to become a PART of a wonderful life. Therefore, dreading your writing time is not exactly what you want to experience. Otherwise, you will be less likely to write on a consistent basis.
  6. Find a writing buddy to write with. This person will give you the motivation to show up and write even if you don’t feel like it. To work with a writing buddy, schedule regular writing times and then both you should try to write during the scheduled time. At the end of the session, you can discuss obstacles or accomplishments. You don’t have to discuss word counts if you don’t want to. This point of having a writing buddy is not to compare what you have done in your writing session as it is to be accountable to each other.
  7. Set writing goals for each day. Plan to write just one page of your novel or nonfiction book every day. Then if you write more than that, you will feel good. Setting a goal to write a page a day is far better than writing nothing. Don’t forget, one page a day equals 365 pages a year. Now that’s a great accomplishment, isn’t it? Many working writers that I work with set that as a goal for the year. And many of them have gone on to write several novels over a three to five-year period. Imagine how good you would feel if you did that?
  8. Record your progress. Write down how much you accomplish every day. Also record how long your sessions are. You may be surprised by how much you did. This may even motivate you to do more writing.
  9. Try to stay relaxed while you write. Listen to relaxation CDs. Take a walk, do whatever you need to do to clear your mind before you sit down tow rite. If you write in a stressed or frazzled state, the writing won’t be as good because you’ll lose focus. Plus, you’ll tend to freeze up and not get as much accomplished. Thus, stay relaxed and focused on only the project at hand to get the most done. This means that you should not research on the internet or do marketing research. Do nothing but write.
  10. Set your intentions before you begin your writing day. I usually do this before I meditate or listen to a relaxation CD. You may also want to repeat a few positive affirmations such as, This writing session will be easy and enjoyable or I will get a lot done today. Just make sure that the affirmations are authentic and something that resonate with you. If the affirmations are too farfetched, they won’t work to inspire and motivate you to write but may do the opposite.

By taking these steps, you will be writing more than you would normally this summer. The important thing to remember is whether it is summer vacations, illness in the family, just low energy levels on your part, or other stressors, there will always be something in your life that will distract you from your writing. So, make sure that you find a way to avoid these reasons not to write. It may seem easier not to write at the time, but sooner or later you will really start feeling guilty for not writing.

So, try to get into the habit of writing, whether it is summer or fall or winter. Take the time to really zone into your writing goals and be a writer who writes consistently instead of a writer who only writes when she feels like it. The difference in your productivity levels and overall morale will be enormous.

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