Last time we talked, I suggested you might want to build yourself a little summer writing refuge. The problem, I insisted, was all those other people who might derail you from your intended writing work.
But what happens when everybody leaves you alone and it’s just you and your writing? What’s to keep you from spending the summer in a post-vaccination slump? Or what about those of you who’ve been desperate for some writing time—and now find yourself binge writing the day away, fearful that you’ll spend the whole summer indoors?
The challenge of this time of year isn’t just setting boundaries for others. The challenge is we’re in a transition--one that eliminates many of the boundaries that we need for ourselves. The classes, meetings, and family routines that give structure to our days fall away. Sometimes they’re replaced by a similarly packed schedule. But sometimes they leave behind a wide open space, into which we hope to insert a sustainable writing practice.
All that open time, no matter how much we might long for it, may leave us flailing about—with no clear idea how to get back on track. If you find yourself in that position, then check out this essay from the InkWell archives.
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