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. . .


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.