In the north, we tend to go longer into June, but the warming weather trends and crazy intense storms throughout the Central United States tell us the seasons are changing and possibly at war with one another.
So here's the thing: What does summer or any holiday mean to a self-employed author? Or, and more so, to a self-employed author who also has a day job?
Shifts in scheduling, or no schedule can wreak havoc with your writing. The sun's up later for a lot of you... so are kids.... and the sun's up way earlier than she used to be. Baseball, soccer, dance, theater camps, regular camps, cancer camps, dance camps, day camps, hiking, camping, day-trips...
You get the picture. There is no "normal". There is only the new normal which is not normal at all. So what's an aspiring or even established author to do?
Make a plan.
If you know that you have everyday between 5:00 AM and 7:00 AM to write, get up and do it.
Turn the TV off at night... and social media, too... and go to bed by 10:00. Up at 4:45, coffee in hand, writing at 5:00.
WHAT??? RUTHY ARE YOU NUTS?????
Probably, but that's a different blog post entirely. You can either let the lack of structure beat you back and cost you time and momentum OR... work around it. Examine your schedule weekly. And set the plan for that week. And if it must be changed for the next week, big deal.
That's the party-bonus-glory of the self-employed aspect of being a writer. We are our own bosses. We set the pace and make the plan. The downside of that is there is no one else to blame if we tank.
Not one soul can take the fall.
It's on us.
Not everyone handles that well. Some look around, wanting to cast blame elsewhere.
I'm not talking medical emergency, death, divorce kind of blame... that's different.
I'm talkin' the I can't get out of bed in the morning to write or stay up late to write or write while I'm waiting two hours to pick up kids from camp or Grandma from respite...
For the next ten weeks the words "perfect time" and "perfect plan" should go out the window and be replaced by "I work when I can, where I can."
Darlings, it's rough. I know this! I get it, I really do, but if you want this career. If you were born to write...
Gotta do what it takes on a regular basis. No one becomes accidentally successful.
They become successful because they didn't quit.
Join the conversation with a comment on how you handle the craziness of summer and/or holidays and I'm tucking you into a drawing for this wonderful new Love Inspired book, the final book of the "Shepherd's Crossing" series "Healing the Cowboy's Heart"....
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