Freshen up your writing routine this summer

Summertime and the living is easy.

As you prepare for the seasonal changes to your wardrobe and household, why not also freshen up your writing routine this summer? Make it a point to do something different with your writing this summer — just for the fun of it. Here’s a list with 20 ideas to get you started.

  1. Start your writing week with an inspiring quote (every Sunday here on Darla Writes)
  2. Tweak your writing schedule to make sure you can keep up with it.
  3. Change up the music in your writing time playlist.
  4. Write in public one day a week.
  5. Increase your daily word count.
  6. Ditch the laptop for a day and write long-hand.
  7. Read outside your genre.
  8. Mix a hobby with your writing (e.g., photography for writing prompts; knit something your protagonist will wear; cook a gourmet meal featured in your novel)
  9. Buy a coffee mug and have “Writer” imprinted on it. (Thanks for the idea, James Scott Bell.)
  10. Find a new inspiring image for your writing area (favorite person, author, quote).
  11. Replace one object in your writing nook with a newer look.
  12. Join Pinterest and start gathering ideas.
  13. Create a listing of all your writing titles as a motivational tool.
  14. Go on a thought walk with a recorder and speak your story ideas.
  15. Splurge on a new writing pen or pencil (Moleskine has some beauties).
  16. Read some of your (age-appropriate) prose to a child for a unique critique.
  17. Scale back on your blogging days and use the time for your works in progress.
  18. Send interesting and informative letters to a faraway friend as writing practice. Kudos for you if they’re handwritten.
  19. On the perfect summer day, set up your office under the shade of a tree or umbrella. Have some lavender lemonade on hand.
  20. Take photos of your writing pages and use them as screen savers.

Take your pick or create fresh ideas of your own.


4 thoughts on “Freshen up your writing routine this summer

    1. Photography is a hobby of mine. I now read and subscribe to a few photo blogs for story inspiration. I get some great photo tips, too, and travel around the country/world via their blogs!


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