Summertime and the living is easy


Paula’s Post #109

Where did June go?

It seems like just last week my home was filled with my 5writers colleagues, all five of us caught up in our own fictional worlds and writing, writing, writing.

Our early summer writing retreat was a great kick off to what I envisioned as a time of renewal, the first step in a creative summer where I envisioned us all mind-mapping plotting and creating our new novels.

But life has a way of throwing curveballs at us and, for most of the 5writers, our June calendars have been disrupted by events beyond our control (both expected and unexpected).

These events have taken us physically, mentally and emotionally away from our respective ‘writers’ garrets’.

But this not a time for regrets. We are all moving forward in the best way we know how, juggling life’s many challenges.  Inevitably, our word count targets may suffer and remain unmet, but speaking for myself, I’m okay with that right now.

We do have some positives to focus on this week:

1) I’m posting to this blog for the first time in a long time and that makes me feel good. By posting, I’m back in touch with the blog, our followers and my 5writers group.

2) We 5writers have a new routine. In difficult times, routine can help simplify the chaos around us by helping us to put one foot in front of the other (whether we feel like it or not). In our case, our new routine now dictates a once month virtual group ‘submission date’ (the 5th of every month, of course). We’ve agreed that on the 5th, we will push the ‘send’ button and share our past month’s work in progress, whether that be a mere sentence, a paragraph or a full 30 pages of fresh new work. Baby steps.

3) Recent events have made us stronger than ever. We five matter. We matter to one another in the sense that we are more than just a ‘writing group’. So much more. For that I am very thankful.

So, maybe I have only 17 new pages, not 30, to show for June. But I am writing.


Let’s celebrate instead of being so worried or obsessed or critical about our individual ‘productivity’.

It’s summertime, and the living is easy.

4 thoughts on “Summertime and the living is easy

  1. Ahh, too right Paula! I think I’ll haul my carcass away from the computer and pour myself a glass of wine now.

    • Exactly!
      Why are we beating ourselves up? I’m all over the ‘baby steps’ plan to get back on track this summer. I got some things done today… I didn’t get other things done on my ‘to do’ list… but maybe tomorrow I’ll get some of those things done too. Still, I am feeling pretty good about life in all the circumstances and definitely do not subscribe to the ‘tortured artist’ theory of writing (as you all well know).

  2. Ah, yes. Goals are good and setting them can help move us forward. But they can also be stifling, especially when other aspects of life demand more attention than normal. For me, it’s okay not to meet them all every time. Baby steps add up over time, too!

    • Very small baby steps, in my case this week. Just had our weekly email ‘check in’ with most of the other 5writers, and we do all do seem to be finding summer writing a challenge. Now summer reading? J’adore!

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