south lake tahoeHow is your summer going?

It’s July now so summer is in full swing and while summer often implies long lazy days in the sun and an abundance of time, my summer days often feel packed from sunup to sundown. There seems to be very little time to write.

If you’re like me and longer days don’t necessarily mean more time to write, then this blog post is for you. I’ve created a handy list of tips, tricks, and ideas to help you find time to get your romance writing projects accomplished.

  1. Get up a little earlier.

I just love quiet mornings with a big cup of caffeine. In fact, this morning I indulged in a giant latte with cold brew coffee and homemade almond milk (I know… it’s a bit indulgent but my day is always improved with the small luxuries).

And it’s amazing what I’m able to accomplish in 20-30 minutes. If you just hate to lose sleep, try getting up 5-10 minutes earlier and gradually increase it to 30 or more minutes. Give your body and mind time to adapt. You might find that this is the best and most productive time of your day.

  1. A dedicated day – or weekend.

Set aside some time to devote completely to your current romance writing project. Now this could be a full day with a Do Not Disturb sign on your door or it could be a long weekend.

You might head out of town and find a nice cabin by the lake or a quiet and wooded campground. If you can do this once a month and devote a full day, you’ll get far with your manuscript.

  1. Time by the Pool.

When my kiddos were younger and I was working from home, I’d take them to the community pool almost every day. I’d use this time to work on my romance novel. If you don’t have a pool, try the local park. It’s good for everyone to get outside and it supports you to multi-task.

  1. Kiddo Exchange.

If you have kiddos, try swapping with a friend. Take care of your friend’s children for a few hours each week and trade. When your kids are at your friend’s house, use that time to work on your manuscript.

  1. Go to Bed a Little Later.

If you’re a night owl or you find that you’re more productive and creative at night, then try going to sleep a little later. Use that extra time at night to work on your romance novel.

The bottom line is that you have to set time aside to write. It doesn’t matter what the season is or how long the days are. The only way to really make any progress on your novel or your romance career is to dedicate regular time to your passion. Take a look at your upcoming week and make a plan. Decide how much you want to get done on your novel this week and follow through.

Happy writing!