Back to a summer writing routine…

Settling in for the summer once again…

Sunset at Sister Lakes, Michigan
Sunset at Sister Lakes, Michigan (Photo credit: Fox Valley Voice)

It’s wonderfully peaceful and a bit on the dreary side this morning here on the banks of beautiful Magician Lake in southwest Michigan. And it’s good to be able to enjoy it all without having to travel anywhere, no company to “entertain,” and no major tasks that need doing. It’s simply time to get writing. To knock the dust off my Scrivener projects, in other words!

I have been reading more than writing so far this summer, and this past weekend the place was “headquarters” for our annual NASCAR “Race Weekend.” And as much as I look forward to it each year and all of the fun we have from beginning to end, I’m relieved that it’s over with.

What now? For the next week, I will be here all by myself and will have no excuses not to attack my writing projects: a couple of short stories (sort of sequels to the other two I published last year—“Hobo Willie” and “Pinewood Farm.” And, of course, there is the next novel that has been hibernating and “cooling off” as it awaits my attention.

Image 6In short, there’s plenty of work to be done, and I suppose I’m finally in the proper frame of mind to re-establish my daily writing routine: up early each morning and at the MacBook by 7:00 to pound out the words and then wrap things up by 9:00. Of course, those times aren’t chiseled in stone by any means, but the earlier in the day I write, the more productive I seem to be. That way, I have the remainder of the day to take care of anything that needs tending to around here and/or to spend some quality time out on the water on the pontoon.

I plan my weekly visits to the laundromat and the grocery store either for Wednesday or Thursday mornings. On those mornings, I have to re-adjust my writing time—often in the evening—but I’m very flexible once I re-discover the discipline it takes to immerse myself into the writing routine. Of course, when it’s a rainy or otherwise crappy “lake day,” employing the writing discipline and tuning out all of the surrounding distractions is not an issue.

Even now as I type this post, rumblings of thunder sound off to the west, and I know that I’ll manage to accomplish much on this first day of getting back to writing. And there’ll also be time to catch up on reading other blog post from my many blogger friends.

And so it is. Time to get the mellow jazz on iTunes Internet Radio for my background inspiration, and get to gettin’!….CortlandWriter

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5 thoughts on “Back to a summer writing routine…

    1. Carrie: If I can’t get to the writing I need to do in this setting, I’m a complete idiot! (Of course, there are those who believe me to be one regardless!) As I mentioned in the post, there are no excuses for failing to get things rolling. Stay tuned! And thanks for checking in, reading, and commenting. Always wonderful hearing from you. 🙂

  1. By the looks of the beautiful photos, you’ve got the perfect setting to hunker down and crank out those words. Enjoy your summer, Mark and think of me…I’ll be in an office building all summer. I’m not complaining, of course, I’m thankful to have a job. 🙂

    1. Hey, Jill! I’m “hunkering down” now and enjoying the falling rain outside. And, of course, I’ll think of you in that office building all summer! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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