2018 Writing Resolutions: August

I don’t know about you, but I’m thrilled that summer is almost over. Hot, lazy days will soon give way to the briskness of autumn, which happens to be my favorite season.

Why do I love it so much? It’s not just the lower temperatures, the smell of wood smoke, or the coming of Halloween. I also adore it because it brings me back to life, inspiring my creativity. I love wrapping myself in a warm blanket on a chilly night, sipping something hot while I write for hours on end. The world seems quieter somehow, allowing me to tap into my imagination on a deeper level.

Of course, autumn also happens to be NaNoWriMo season. The combination of these two things inspires my very best writing, and I’ve never looked forward to it more than I am this year.

How about you? Do cooler temperatures make you feel more creative, or is it warm weather that gets you going? If it’s the former, how are you planning to take advantage of the next few months? If it’s the latter, what did you accomplish during the summer? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

My Plan:

  • Edit 13 chapters between now and November.
    I’m ashamed to admit it, but I still have quite a bit of editing work left over from last year’s NaNoWriMo. I’d like to get that finished so I can start fresh when November 1 rolls around.
  • Edit and publish my nonfiction book by mid-October.
    not sure if I can pull this off, but I’ll do my best.
  • Publish blog posts more frequently.
    I know it’s been slow around here.  As we’ve established, I’m not a summer person. 🙂
  • Participate in September’s “Reading like a Writer” challenge.

What are your writing goals for the rest of the year?

Author: Heather

Heather is the owner/administrator of the Story Scribes community. She’s a prolific writer, web developer, and visual artist who spends every year counting down the days until NaNoWriMo.

3 thoughts on “2018 Writing Resolutions: August”

  1. I love autumn too. Especially this year when the UK has suffered one of the worst heat waves on record. Despite that I did quite well this season as it was an excuse for me to stay inside with an ice towel wrapped around my head and the fan blasting at me. That and the fact I’ve been on holiday which means I always get more time to myself.

    Back to work on Tuesday which means back to careful routine planning to make sure I can fit in my writing and editing and keep up with the weekly updates of my current fanfiction.

    I seem to have got myself into a fairly comfortable writing groove recently and so my aim is to attempt to keep that up throughout all the inevitable stresses and excitement of the new school year.

  2. I don’t think weather has ever been much of an influence on my productivity, but because I have been a university student for the last 6 years, I always felt more productive in the summer months. For obvious reasons, lol. We’ll see how my new lifestyle as a (Semi-)Functioning Adult will impact my writing. I’m still settling into a new schedule and job, so it may not feel all too different at first, but I expect that will change the more comfortable I feel and the more experience I gain!

  3. Oh yes, definitely glad that this dry, hot summer of heatwaves is over. Us Dutch are not used to it! And alas, our houses are not made for it either. I am a moderate kind of person, and so my writing and inspiration have suffered.

    Now I am hoping to get back into the habit… which is easier said than done at the moment. Somehow each time when I am sitting down for a session the phone rings and someone needs attention. Argh! The loss of an uncle hasn’t helped either… so my plan for September? Just to get back into the routine and continue either my crossover fanfiction project or my first original story. I am not picky. Just making words on a more regular base would be nice. 🙂

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