Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sunshine Shouldn't Stop Us

Post by Kerrie

I should move to Seattle! I love to write when it is raining outside. A freshly steeped cup of Jasmine tea next me, a candle burning brightly and the pitter patter of the rain on the windows and roof stirs up my creative muse. My words flow and time becomes irrelevant.

Well, the issue for me is I don't live in Seattle, I live in Colorado where we average 300 days of sunshine a year. The blue sky, fresh air and mountains frequently try to lure me away from computer to come out and play.

At our Northern Colorado Writers coffee yesterday this very issue came up. How do you stay motivated to write during the summer? Some ideas were thrown around like take your writing outside, spend more time reading, allow yourself some extra time to be outside...

Then someone said it shouldn't matter. It shouldn't matter what the weather is like or what time of year it is. If you are committed to your writing then you will stick with your routine and write. You will make the time to crank out those words and prioritize your writing.

It was hard to argue with that logic and no one did. The truth is, this is the advice given by many famous authors like Stephen King, John Grisham and Janet Evanovich; if you want to be a writer than you need to write every day.

So maybe what we need to do as writers is take the inscription that hangs in a New York City post office, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" adapt it for us and hang it by our workspace. "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these writer from the swift completion of their work in progress."

How much time do you devote to your writing and how do you stay committed to that time?



Jenny S. said...

A regular writing routine is harder for me during the summer when school is out. I try to get up early so I have an hour or so before the day's activities officially begin. But sometimes my brain does not cooperate at 6 a.m. :-)

Patricia Stoltey said...

I know I'll write when I'm ready. Then I'll go on a binge and hole up for days, rain or shine. But for now, I'm busy doing other writing-related stuff. I'm learning to accept my crazy writing habits and enjoy being someone who doesn't have a schedule and doesn't write every day.

Talk about walking on the wild side --Am I a rebel or what? :)

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