One of my boys playing in the water.
Although this summer has been just as busy as every other year, I’ve discovered one important thing: the “secret hours” of writing time between when my husband leaves for work and when my boys roll out of bed. Now that they are almost 13, this time has stretched to 9:00 or 9:30, often even later. That means if I can drag myself out of bed and start writing by 7:00, I can have 2 to 3 hours of blissfully quiet time to myself in the mornings!
These “secret hours” have been a tremendous discovery for me. During the school year I have chunks of quiet writing time in the mornings, but this is always *after* the hustle and bustle of making breakfast, getting the kids off to school, exercising, etc. (I am not one of those disciplined writers who can get up at 5 a.m. and start writing before the whole house is awake—not yet, anyway.) It is a fun change to be able to wake up and start working in my PJs, a perk of writing that I’ve heard about forever but have rarely been able to do until now. I’ve used this time to work on a new picture book manuscript, complete some fun magazine assignments, and edit several other projects.
I hope you are all enjoying your summers and finding some “secret hours” of your own to take advantage of! Stay cool this week, and happy writing!
Our sweet puppy Gracie loves camping because she gets to sleep with the boys!
I am so excited that you and your family have been able to enjoy many different kinds of outings for summer fun. I'm also doubly excited that you have found secret hours to spend writing!!! Hurray for you! The children who read your books will be forever grateful!
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Busy summer days and outings are so special! How wonderful that you've also been able to carve out a segment of time for writing each morning. Write on!ReplyDelete
You all are busy during summer! And what great memories the boys are making. And mmm, cotton candy... =)ReplyDelete
Great summer :)ReplyDelete