How to Stay Focused on Writing This Summer


Happy Summer Solstice!

I just love the month of June. Not only is it my birthday month, but it's also the kickoff of summer, one of my favorite seasons.

But summer can prove to be busy, especially for us writers. In my experience, it’s when we tend to put our writing on the back burner and focus on family, travel, and all the fun activities that come along with it.

I understand this firsthand because I just returned from a fabulous birthday trip to Islamorada in the Florida Keys. During that trip, I was facing a tight deadline.

You see, I'm currently writing a four-book fiction series, and book two was due to my editor the day after I was set to return home. That meant I had to find creative ways to work on the project during my vacation.

How did I do it?

I took advantage of the five-hour road trip to read and revise my printed work in progress...

I got up an hour before my husband each morning and took my laptop poolside to write while I drank my coffee...

During our beach days, I took time to meditate on my story and draw inspiration from the sea. This allowed me to come up with fresh ideas that I jotted down in my journal (I didn't want sand in my laptop!).

So how can you balance summertime fun without losing motivation for your writing?

If you’re working on a project and think the summer months are just too busy to stay focused, I encourage you to get creative with your time.

Why not get up earlier and set aside 30 minutes of writing each morning? Or take a notebook to a park or a beach and draw inspiration from the great outdoors? You might even find that a change of scenery takes your writing to the next level!

The key is to find fun and creative ways to keep the momentum going for your project.

Another reason why I love June is that it’s the month I published Authorpreneur back in 2016. I can hardly believe it’s been three years, and the book is still doing better than ever.

So, in honor of my birthday month, I’ve decided to keep the Kindle edition of Authorpreneur available for only .99¢ for the remainder of June. If you haven’t read it, or just need a refresher, you can download your copy here. It makes for a great summer read for the aspiring authorpreneur!

Here’s to a fantastic (and productive) summer!

P.S. While I was in Islamorada, I secured the Postcard Inn for the Write in Paradise Retreat 2020 that I'm hosting with Sunny Dawn Johnston. We are working out the final details now and early bird registration will be opening soon, so stay tuned!