When I’m the busiest, I always have the most ideas for a book and the biggest urge to write. And, of course, this is when I have the least amount of time to devote to a WIP or new project. This summer alone, I’ve thought of an idea for a new book series, named the characters, and already dreamed up a whole set of covers. I won’t mention that I’m over halfway into a current WIP that I need to finish by fall for a Christmas release, and currently avoiding the WIP that’s 90% finished and needs editing.
When my mind is so full of ideas, it’s hard for me to focus on one thing. I’m constantly thinking about what I need to do next and skipping around from project to project instead of finishing the task at hand. However, when I stop and take a step back, I’m actually much more productive when I have a lot on my plate. I’ve learned to be resourceful with little pockets of time, and I get so much more accomplished when my to-do list is the longest.
Outside of my day job and writing, I’ve also taken on some new projects this year. It’s been fun to expand my creativity with cover design. I’ve been a graphic designer for years and designed all of my own covers, but this new opportunity to work with some amazing authors and draw custom characters has been amazing. These are just a few of the projects I’ve worked on with several more to come.
Here are a few tips that have helped keep me focused this summer:
- Writing sprints with friends hold me accountable to get in those words!
- Reading and listening to books helps keep me motivated to write my own
- Set small goals to complete a task/finish a chapter/work on a cover design before I move on to something new, and then I can reward myself with something fun (like watching a TV show or going to Marshalls with my daughter)
So far this summer, it’s worked for me! It’s all about balance. Yes, I’ve got a lot on my plate, but I also can manage it much better when I make the most of my time. I love it when I’m productive!
Here’s a sneak peek at my WIP coming up this Christmas.
The Thing About Mistletoe Kisses
Year after year, Stella has watched couples fall in love at the town gazebo. After all, it is smack dab in direct sight of her family’s Christmas tree stand. She’s seen her fair share of kisses under the mistletoe but never been on the receiving end of one.
Rett gave up on love years ago. After being left at the alter, he swore off ever finding his happy ending. Instead, he joined the military, left town, and hasn’t been back to River Ridge since. Now that his tour is over, home is the only place he has to go.
When Stella’s family needs help at the tree farm this season, he takes the job, thinking he’ll be able to keep to himself. But her cheery demeanor clashes with his grumpy mood, and he’s finding out this job isn’t what he expected.
Rett’s plan is to tolerate Stella and stay as far away from her as he can. What he doesn’t know is that she has a plan of her own. She’s slowly chipping away at the icy exterior he hides behind, and before long, she might see him for who he truly is.
What are some things you to do to make the most of your time or keep yourself motivated? I’d love to hear your thoughts.