How do I know it’s the school summer holidays in my house? Well apart from the mess, the noise and the lack of food, I have also lost a huge chunk of precious writing time. And I know I am not alone in this. Many other writers are currently having the same issue.
So, what do we do?
Well, I’m afraid there isn’t much you can do. I have spent months leading up to the six weeks break saying, ‘I will write when LO is in bed,’ and, ‘whenever LO is occupied doing something, I’ll get out my pen and paper and start jotting stuff down.’ But in reality, it’s not as easy as it sounds. When LO is occupied, I am busy clearing up the mess that she left ten minutes previously. Or I’m getting lunch ready for her and her friends. And as for writing when she is in bed, this has so far been minimal too. After being up at the crack of dawn and having full on days doing activities and keeping a 5 year old occupied, by the time bedtime comes around for her, I am shattered. After tidying up and cleaning (again!) and sorting the house for the next day’s activities, sitting in bed with a book is about all I can manage before nodding off.
So, I have come to a decision.
Instead of beating myself up over not getting as much writing done, or not starting those edits, I am taking a writing ‘holiday’. I am going to embrace the summer holidays with LO and try to get just a little bit of writing done as often as I can and come September, it’s knuckle down time.
And my plans for September?
I want to start editing Head over Heart. After some fantastic feedback, I am excited to be getting into some serious editing with my first novel and making some exciting changes.
I am also looking to start an editing course. After attending the RNA conference recently, I was able to immerse myself completely within the writing industry for three whole days and it has cemented my desire to explore the editing world. I have been looking at copy editing and proof reading courses and I am very excited about hopefully enrolling soon and beginning my learning journey to becoming an editor.
I will, of course, keep you all updated.
Have a great six weeks – see you on the other side!