Many writers dread going on vacation because they feel that they won’t be able to write for weeks at a time. This need not be the case.
Vacations can be great opportunities for writers since they can just kick back and relax as well as write. This time can be restorative for writers. In fact, writers can gather so many new and fresh ideas while lying on the beach soaking up the sun.
Here are a few tips for you to be able to enjoy your summer vacation and still keep up with your writing.
1. Take an hour or so a day three to five days a week, and write. Be creative in setting up your writing times. You may want to try waking up an hour before everyone or stay up an hour after everyone goes to bed.
Don’t set up conflicting time plans. To be most successful, you must create times that will not interfere with your family activities. Otherwise, you will have a lot of conflict and hard feelings. And sadly many times the family will win. Non-writers don’t understand the need for continuity in writing. So, if you can make it painless for them, you’ll be most successful and content getting your writing done.
Or, if you are supposed to be writing in the morning, don’t tell everyone that you will be making a big brunch the next morning. Honour your writing time so that others can do the same. Don’t be your own worse enemy.
2. Get some much-needed rest and relaxation by yourself. After all, what are holidays for? Tell your family that you need some alone time every day, and take this time for yourself. This will give you the time and space needed to think and regroup.
Some of you may believe that you have to be entertaining people 24/7 while on holidays. But this is not the case. Also, this kind of attitude can exhaust you to the point where you won’t get any writing done at all. Thus, it is important to schedule some much-needed alone time where you can do what you like.
3. If you don’t manage to write during one of your prescribed times, don’t beat yourself up. Sometimes when you’re on vacation, you’re mind gets in rest mode. And that is more than okay. Just follow your feelings and if you want to rest, do so.
Many writers feel exhausted a lot of the time. Even vacation time can be very grilling on a writer because you have to wake up earlier or stay up later in order to get some writing done. So, if you get to your writing time and you feel exhausted, take the time to relax for a few minutes first. Take a short nap, or just do some meditation. Then try to get some writing done.
4. Carry a notebook or a working folder with you in case you have some time to yourself during the day while your family is enjoying some social activities. There are times during the day when writers may unexpectedly have an hour or so. So, use it to your advantage.
5. Use your new landscape as a place to find new and fresh topics to write about. Many times when you are relaxing in the sun, you will get many different ideas and angles about new topics that you would like to write about. Just let your mind wander a bit when you are resting. And be as inquisitive as a child, and you will be surprised at how many new topics you will be able to come up with.
I know with myself when I go up to the cottage every summer in August, I usually come back home with at least ten new topics to write about. For one thing, I do a lot of reading in all kinds of different areas and they supply me with a lot of new material too. But more than that, I take the time to dream and let my thoughts drift while I am soaking up the sun. That is a great way to allow your mind to roam for a while.
By following these tips, you don’t have to dread the holidays any longer. Instead, you could enjoy your holidays and see them as an opportunity to create new topics to write about.
With a bit of planning, informing your family of your writing times and projects, you can get a lot of good quality writing done during the summer AND still have fun.
I wish you all a productive and Happy Summer!
Irene S. Roth
Author and Editor