Wednesday, June 1, 2016

IWSG - and summer fun


Hello, June! And what better way to start it off than with IWSG?

What is that?

Well, for those of you who don't know. . .the amazing founder of this awesome group, Alex J. Cavanaugh, says it this way:

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Special thanks goes to the co-hosts:  Murees Dupe, Alexia Chamberlynn, Chemist Ken, and Heather Gardner

My theme this month is. . .

SUMMEBREAK!!!


Dig out that beach hat, dust off those flip-flops and head out into the sun!!! And what does that have to do with writing? In my world, a lot.

With the kids home, writing gets tough. They are old enough that I can force in several hours if I wanted to. But do I want to? Yes. And no. Sure, I have a ton of writing I'd love to get done...and I am trying. More or less. But do I want to shove the kids aside? Not only does Mommy guilt hit hard, but honestly? No, I love spending time with my kids. The writing isn't going anywhere and as I've learned with my oldest ones, the kids are. 

Plus, I've realized something. Just like the kids need time to recharge from the classroom, I need time to let my writing brain rest. Always sitting in front of the laptop, plugging away stories and thinking of characters, plot holes and all those other things drains. As Spring comes, I start to feel dry, placid and a little uninspired. The greatest ideas and sparks come at the most unexpected times...while hiking, pulling weeds, grilling hot dogs over a fire. Shutting my head off often is the only way to let those ideas come to life again.

So yay to summer break! Slurf down that ice cream, head off to the camp grounds and splash waves into other people's faces...because writers need their breaks too.


17 comments:

  1. Take the summer to recharge and fill your brain with all sorts of new ideas.

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    1. And then comes the task of getting them all down ;)

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  2. I love summer too! I definitely agree with you - I come up with more ideas when I'm relaxed and happy and not thinking about writing. Enjoy your summer!

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    1. Trying to force ideas only makes them jam up more. Stress???

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  3. Yeah they do! I got some great ideas for expanding plot bunnies this weekend while I was watching movies and wasting time on forums. Lol! Plus, I think it's great when you hang out with your kids. They won't always want to, and they'll remember it when they grow up and love you even more for it. :)

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    1. Good for you! See, then you weren't wasting time at all.

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  4. Nothing gets a storyteller's brain working like taking a writing break. I usually get some of my best writing done when I'm trying to take time off.

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    1. How true! Or the most writing done when there's no time to write. Crazy how things work like that.

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  5. Writing definitely is tough during the summer months with the kiddos home. And even when your kids are older. I have two in college, one in high school, and one in junior high and I swear it's more noisy now than it ever was when they were all little. Enjoy your summer and I'll second Alex - recharge!

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    1. Haha! They do get more time consuming and louder the older they get.

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  6. Although summer tends to be the time when I get more writing done, I totally relate. There's just so many more distractions--and good things you don't want to miss. I always find that anytime I spend away to refresh is time well spent, and there's something about working with my hands that frees up my mind to think. Enjoy your summer!

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  7. Writers absolutely need breaks. Our poor brains will be so happy. Definitely enjoy your time with your kids. They grow up so fast. Besides, if you want to write, maybe do it really early, while everyone is asleep, or after everyone has gone to bed (my personal choice). Enjoy your time off.

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  8. I think your position is the right (write?) one. Books will wait, but childhood is short. You have your priorities in order, girl! And if you love spending time with your kids, then THEY have a great mom!

    Yay to writer breaks!!

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  9. Sounds like a good time to recharge!!! Have a great summer with your kids. I'm sure you'll slip in a wee bit of writing, possibly while they're all asleep, in the morning.

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  10. Yes, exactly! Kids grow up way too fast. Writing can wait. Enjoy your summer with your kids!

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  11. A summer brain break is probably good. Enjoy!

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