Keep Moving Forward
By Nancy Ann
Summer is just around the corner. Whether you are a student and find yourself with ample time on your hands or are a fulltime employee where your daily schedule will look much the same, we all try to find time to enjoy the summer; especially if you live in a northern state like Minnesota.
For the fulltime employee, the longer days allow you to enjoy an additional 3-4 hours of sunshine that, until quitting time, you were only able to admire from your office window.
The warm days of summer are filled with picnics, boating, fishing, camping, gardening…it’s easy to push your writing aside.
This summer, find additional time that you can block out each day for writing and commit to it. Even if it is only for a half an hour longer than your regular writing time, your skills and discipline will improve. If I may be so blunt as to state the obvious, if your desire is to become a successful writer, the only way it will happen is if you write.
Some writers carry a notebook and pen with them and write throughout the day, several times a day; others need to set a schedule. If you fall into the latter category, then schedule a specific time that you can commit to each day and use that time for writing. Make sure that this is a time where your mind is sharp and focused.
For example, if the quiet, early morning is when your pen flows the best, then that would likely be your most productive time to write. This is when I do most of my writing. I’ve learned that if I skip this productive pocket of time, then I really don’t write anything of consequence. It’s easy to tell myself that I’ll do it after I get home from work, or after I go fishing, but as the day wears on, my energy level decreases, as does my focus level. In the end, I will have written nothing. So I no longer procrastinate like that. I stick to my schedule. Sure, there is an occasional morning that gets skipped, but for the most part, I do adhere to my schedule. It has worked for me over the past decades and it can work for you.
It really boils down to dedication and commitment. So, this summer, be sure to keep writing on your daily calendar and keep moving forward!