Summer is finally here!
This has always been a nostalgic time of year for me. As a kid, I spent my days devouring stories–less a book worm and more a book serpent. I could never get enough. There was never enough time. Summer reading always brings to mind stories like Wuthering Heights, The Secret Garden, Treasure Island, Nancy Drew mysteries, and Thornton Burgess animal stories.
When I wasn’t reading (or harrassed by my younger sister) I was writing my own stories. With no demands on my time other than to swim, picnic, or explore the woods, writing was a carefree luxury that I indulged in daily.
Now older, with children of my own, and more serious demands made on my time, writing and reading for pleasure are rare activities for me. I often hear the same from my coaching clients–how difficult it is to fit writing into a life that is already full with socializing, work, home maintainence, family responsibilities. Maybe the closest anyone can get is 15-30 minutes of reading in bed to close an exhausting day.
My local library holds Summer Reading Challenges for kids and adults alike. I join every summer, and I always switch up genres from book to book–historical romance, murder mystery, non-fiction adventure, drama, MG books, poetry. Anything that sounds more-ish, any world I can tumble into, any provocative idea. The library gives me a chance to return to those lazy-daisy days of summer and indulge in something many people take for granted–reading for pleasure.
Why not do the same for your writing?
This summer, Dare to Write a short story, a novel chapter, a memoir excerpt, a poem–anything! Length and structure and quality are unimportant. Just focus on getting words onto the page. Devote time to your writing each day the way you would a visit to the beach or a gathering at a BBQ.
Send me what you write and earn a chance for a free coaching session or a free copy of one of my two handbooks for writers, available now in ebook form on Amazon!
I don’t care how it is put together. I don’t care if it’s handwritten or typed. I don’t care if it’s a wreckage of words. All I care is that you wrote this summer.
Dare to Write Summer Writing Challenge ends on August 26, 2016. Any questions? Leave a comment, along with your pizza, in the box below.