My kids are away for 3.5 weeks, and that means 3.5 weeks of nothing but writing! Usually I jam this time with house projects, get-togethers with friends and mini vacations with my husband.
But this summer, I decided to do something different. The school year was crazy and the coming one looks to be just as busy. Weekends have been full of my children’s social activities—I now understand why my mother used to say she wanted to be buried in her car! My time to write has been severely diminished.
So I decided to take a page from my February activity and devote the entire time to writing. Back in February, I did a 30k challenge and I was so productive! This summer, I’m doing a less-formal, independent version of the same thing. Every day, I’m writing at least 1,000 words in each of my manuscripts. I can take a break during weekends, because I really do want to spend some alone time with my husband (and we really do need to get some house projects done), but otherwise, I write.
So far, I’ve been very successful. I’ve kept a running tally of how many words I’ve written—it’s in my computerized to-do list, so it pops up on my screen everyday (talk about motivation!). I’ve written 6,415 words in three days.
My long-term goal is to have at least one of my manuscripts completed by the NJRW Conference in October, so I can pitch agents. My short-term goal is to continue the momentum when the kids return from camp, even if I can only work on one manuscript per day. If I make the short-term goal, I should be able to meet my long-term one as well.
I’ll keep you posted! What are your summer writing plans?