Friday, May 14, 2010

The Arrival of Summer

Summer.  I can nearly taste its arrival.  Blame it on the nasty weather we've experienced lately or the huge stack of essays on my desk I need to grade, but until today, summer seemed more like a dream than a reality.  

The best part?  There are only three weeks left until I get to be a full-time writer.  Well, at least for the summer (the benefits of being a teacher who gets summers off).  This will be the first time that I'll be devoting my summer to writing, and I'm excited!

Of course, if I had my way, this would be my view from my desk:


But since I don't own a private paradise--at least not yet--I'll settle for my humble writing desk.  Besides, how could I write with that outside?  If my full-time writing experience is going to be effective, I have to limit as many distractions as possible.  

I'm curious, what do you do to limit distractions?  Do you set a writing schedule or a word count?  Do you plan your blogging/commenting time?  Do you reward yourself for good behavior?  I'd love you hear your suggestions before I embark on my new adventure.

15 comments:

Swimmer said...

I actually need o turn off the internet to get writing done!

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Aubrie said...

I have more time to write in the summer as well! Isn't it great?

I set a 1k word count goal for myself, but I up it in the summer.

Good luck with those essays. :)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I go in the bathroom and lock the door. Sometimes it feels like that's my only option! LOL!

Have a great weekend! :-)

Saumya said...

I definitely try to shut off the Internet and put the phone away. And a word count goal helps too. You'll be great!!

Renae said...

I need this advice big time! I don't get as many days off during the summer, and so I have to make the most of each one!

Thanks for posting the good question!

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

First of all--New Follower! *waves* And I'm #99. One more and you hit those exciting triple digits!

Not sure how I've missed your blog all this time, but I've found you now (dun dun dunnnnn). I love connecting with other writers.

Personally, I don't set goals as far as word count, just because sometimes I get stuck on a scene, and will get very little done, even though I worked for a long time. So usually I just limit my distractions. I lock the cats and husband out. Close all my web browser windows (even turning off my WiFi if I have to) and set a time limit for how late I must work till. Works really well. Though the best was having my agent put a deadline on me. Boy did THAT get me to accomplish a lot. :)

Anyway, sorry for the rambly comment. Look forward to getting to know you!

Carole Anne Carr said...

Send some of that better weather over to us, please....

Cynthia Reese said...

When I'm on a project, I have a page count or word count that I try to meet every day, or at least five days a week. And that means for a couple of hours each day, no internet, no e-mail, no twitter.

I'm terribly jealous of your summer off -- not jealous enough to go back to teaching, but jealous nonetheless!

J. Kaye said...

I'd like to say I have a daily word count, but that's not always the case. I literally have to put my rear in the chair and make myself work. If not, I wouldn't get anything done. Did I mention I am A.D.D.? ;)

Kaylie said...

No way! Am I really your 100th follower?
To limit distractions, I give my 3yo crayons or a movie while the baby naps. My 6yo is not so easily amused, though, but I'm hoping his best friend will keep him busy this summer.
I use a word count, but I don't freak out if I don't reach my goal every day. I've got to make some allowances for bad days.

Shelley Sly said...

How do I limit distractions... I don't. It's terrible. I'm constantly distracted by the internet, by socializing, heck sometimes I'll even do housework while I'm supposed to write. But once school is out (I substitute teach, so I hear ya about the summer) then I'll work harder on limiting distractions.

Marcia said...

To limit distractions, my writing desk faces a paneled wall, not a window. I do not listen to music. I have the best success if I resist the internet or email till at least noon. I set a word count for myself. A page count would work, too. What doesn't work for me is a time allotment, because you can fool yourself about how much you really got done. Time doesn't produce a book; words do. I schedule my blog posts 2-4 weeks ahead, and often spend one Saturday per month blogging for the next month. Commenting on other blogs is a little more free-form, though I schedule it to some degree. I don't really reward myself for good behavior. I find that the good behavior itself makes me feel good, whereas sloughing off really doesn't feel good. How excited you must be to start your full-time summer writing adventure. Hope it goes great!

MT said...

I've had an awful time with distractions - but now, I've made a schedule for myself. Work comes first: edits, critiques, next wip, study the craft (read books on how to write more gooder, ha!). Then I get to play: social networking and blogging. It's working well so far, and I feel better about how I spend my time.
Good luck coming up with what works for you! :)

Andria said...

This is really hard for me. I let myself get distracted by the internet too much. I've often thought that I should plan an hour or two a day this summer where I go somewhere that doesn't have a hot spot so I can write without thinking, "Ooh, I wonder if Amy has written another blog post."

Maybe I'll actually do it this year.