My Writing Season

I realized in my “must do it all!” mode a few months ago that … um… I can’t. I can’t do it all. I will explode into sad confetti. What I figured out was that I CAN do it all, just not all at the same time! Genius!

I thought maybe the summers could be my writing season, the season where creative things churn forth and I CREATE and I submit and I get published and work on projects and do the things I NEED to do to feel complete.

But guess what? Turns out summer is not the season for writing. Summer is the season for living, for playing, for being outside and on adventures and with people. It is not the time to be locked indoors, alone, and with my own thoughts in a far off land. I know many writers who are beating themselves up all summer for not meeting self-imposed deadlines. Stop that right now. It is not your fault. Summer is not the writing season.

But you know what IS the writing season? Fall. And winter. Those are writing seasons. Dark and grey and raining. The sun is not calling for me, there are sweaters and tea and quiet.

So one day a week I will not be posting a normal blog. Some times I will post nothing. Sometimes I will post an excerpt of something I am working on. But one day a week on here, starting next week, I am dialing back here so I can dial it up somewhere else. The way this blog works is that I write a few posts over the weekends so that I don’t lose my mind during the week. The rest of the posts I write at night after the baby goes to sleep. By opening up 1 day of blogging I can either give myself some time on the weekend or an evening (or 2) during the week.

Next week begins my writing season. What compromises and permissions are you making for youself in order to be the complete you?

10 thoughts on “My Writing Season”

  1. Ma’am, this is truth.

    I started the compromise several months ago: committing myself to posting once a week since I was struggling to write at all and three times a week just wasn’t happening like I wanted it to. somehow it frees the brain up to do more reading and sometimes even living! Which fuels the writing when it’s going to work.

  2. I’m in prepping for baby mode right now at the tail wnd of a pregnancy that has been kicking my ass and required a lot of concessions on mu part, the first of which was starting my mat leave weeks before what I considered ideal.

    Right now I make a lot of concessions on how much prep I do on any given day and remembering to recognize the signs that mybody is reaching its limits before I make the situation worse.

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It is so easy for me to forget that there is a finite amount of time, and if I want to do something, it means that something else will not get done. And that is completely ok, and more than that, it is good and neccesary.

  4. Yes – I love this!! Well said šŸ™‚ My compromises/permissions right now in my mind are that I cannot follow my work out and running routine perfectly. There is no way. I need to let that thought go out the window. Bu-bye! I cannot also be AS social as I was before. It is not possible. It feels good, to put myself first with exercise and me time – and I am also not becoming a hermit. Just showing up to those aspects of my life is making me feel more authentic every day! There will be time for what and who are important, and it feels amazing! šŸ™‚

  5. I love this! I have been thinking so much about how we try to fight the seasons. I mean, yeah, we get excited about music festivals in the spring and pumpkin spice lattes in the fall, but when it comes to our work life and our productivity expectations, we ignore the seasons.

    I love the idea of changing that up. I’m gonna take a look at my schedule and try to craft it especially for fall. Which yes, means lots of tea and coffee and writing!

    You’re a genius! xoxo

  6. What a great idea! I have a quilt that I need to finish. I started it when we moved into our house 6 years ago, and (while I’ve finished several smaller, baby quilts in the meantime), it’s still floating around out there, waiting to be finished. This is the year I want to do it, but I’ve also been waiting for quilting season (those colder, darker months). Good reminder that it’s almost times to get that out again!

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