How To Deal With a Summer Writing Slump

How To Deal With A Summer Writing Slump by R.S. Mollison-Read

Summer is a wonderful time of the year, the weather is (usually) fantastic, there are a myriad of interesting events, and life feels slower. During this time, it can be easy to fall into a writing slump. Here are three ways I deal with a summer writing slump:

#1. Reframe:
When I don’t write as much as usual, I can sometimes feel guilty, so I’ve found reframing this ‘laziness’ to be helpful. Instead of beating myself up for not getting as much work done as usual, I examine how else I spent my time. For instance, during my recent trip to Victoria, I viewed that as research, and inspiration hunting, instead of a time spent ignoring writing obligations.

#2. Timing:
I find, when the weather is nice, that I want to spend as much time as possible outside, experiencing it. This can make my usual practice of writing inside on my computer quite difficult. So during the summer months, I endeavour to get my writing done first thing in the morning. This is when I have my best energy anyway, but it can work for any time. Find a time that works for you, and stick to it. I’ve also found, that feeling as though I have less time, can actually make me more productive; knowing I have a set period of time in which to write, usually makes me write as much as possible!

#3. Refill:
I discussed this in greater detail in this post, and this post, but I find summer to be the best time to ‘refill my creative tanks’. I read as much as possible, catch up on television shows I didn’t have time for, try and get out and explore my city, or take a trip somewhere exciting. Experiencing the world, exposing myself to new ideas, new places and new people, helps to fuel my creativity, and ultimately makes my writing better.

Do you ever have a summer writing slump? How do you deal with it? Tell me in the comments below!

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