Nothing like some sweltering heat to get the writing juices flowing? Nope, that’s just sweat. I hope everyone in the Midwest and on the Eastern Seaboard is staying cool (and that you all have power, yikes), because the weather here on the California coast is, as always, perfect. There’s an old saw about summer in San Francisco being the coldest winter you’ll ever experience, but I’m totally fine with it, having come from the blistering heatboxes of Philadelphia and Columbus. I’m sure it won’t last.
So anyway, how was your writing week? Since we’re now solidly in the month of July, this might be a good time to take stock of your summer goals and re-evaluate. Does the progress you’ve made so far set you up to accomplish all that you want to by the end of August? If not, think about how you can re-tool your daily and weekly goals starting with the coming week so that you don’t come up short at the end. Maybe that means doing just an extra 30 minutes of writing each day, holding yourself to a time goal rather than a word count (or vice versa), or getting up before everyone else in the house to have some uninterrupted writing time. If memory serves, both Clare Potter and Haruki Murakami favor the latter approach, but I couldn’t find links in support, so maybe I made that up. Who knows? But surely there are people out there who benefit from this strategy and maybe you’re one of them and just don’t know it. The point is: don’t be afraid to shake up your process a little bit and see what happens.
Enjoy the weekend, and happy writing!