How To Write In Summer – Mom’s Survival 101

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Last week that magical day dawned full of wonder. It was the first day of summer break for my kiddos. No more school, homework, or lunches to pack.

We are home free. . . free. . . free. . .

Hold up! No uninterrupted writing time during the day?!

I love spending time with my kids in the summer going to the park, the beach, the museum, and eating watermelon. The challenge is sneaking in all the fun time and still meeting my writing goals.

Let’s face it, being a mom and a writer is not for the faint of heart! It’s hard work.

I don’t have all of the answers, but I’ll share a few tips I’ve learned from friends and experience.

How To Write In Summer – Mom’s Survival 101:

1. Set realistic goals. Goals that are unattainable only discourage you and keep you from writing the next day. Do not make goals cumulative, but a day at a time. If you don’t reach your goal on Monday, the end of the week goal feels impossible. Make each day a goal unto itself, that way every day is a fresh start.

2. Set goals for your kids. Find something that your children are able to do that is good for them like reading or journaling. Set a timer and encourage them to work toward that goal for 30 minutes independently. Find two such time slots a day and you have gained an hour of writing with few interruptions. Google kid’s summer goal setting and you will find a variety of resources.

3. Celebrate when you reach goals. Have the kids celebrate their reading goals and your writing goals when they are successfully reached. A trip to the park, or a Friday trip to the beach. The time you gain when you follow the goal plan is enormous because there is less wasted time. (My mentor Susan May Warren always encouraged me to do this and it works.)

4. Keep everyone active. When you have physical activities planned that get everyone out of the house, they are less hyper while inside. Physical activity and sunlight also helps us focus as we write.

5. Ask for help. It is sometimes difficult for us moms to ask for help, but in summer this is essential. Ask your spouse, grandparents, aunts, friends to pitch in by taking your children on a fun outting. If you are using this as writing time, make yourself be accountable for it. Set goals to reach while your children are adventuring and stick to them.

What helps you or others you know reach summer goals while kids are home from school?


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “How To Write In Summer – Mom’s Survival 101

  1. Mindy says:

    Love these ideas! I’m down to only one kid at home, but realized it takes just as much work for one as it did for 6. There are still meals, house, laundry, errands, together time, etc. I actually think that I could use these rules for hubby, as well. Happy marriage means it’s hard for Mr. P when I am looking at my computer, and not him. Blessings on your summer! Would love a park date when I am with the grandkids in July.

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    Thanks, Mindy! It is definitely a challenge to do everything that needs done in the summer. Would love to get together when you are in Minnesota.

  3. Great suggestions, Michelle. I haven’t thught to have my kids aim toward goals while I’m writing. One thing I’ve been doing is if they give me two hours a day Mon-Thurs, we do something fun on Friday or in the weekend.

    I’m going to look up goal ideas. Great thoughts!

    • Michelle Lim says:

      Thanks, Jeanne. I appreciate you sharing your ideas, too. You are right about the writing time early in the week and a fun thing on Fridays. I do that too sometimes and it works well.

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