Summer always sneaks in. Unlike New Year's Day, which happens at the same time for everyone, depending on your state or school district or college, the "start" of summer can vary by more than a month. So it's not easy to feel the pressure of the beginning of a new season.
Combine that ambiguity with warm days, beaches calling, and a completely different schedule, and it's hard to buckle down and work on that waiting WIP.
I browsed around to find what others have posted about summer goals. Read on for a little inspiration.
If joining a group is motivational, there are several to choose from. Sometimes having accountability forces us to maintain the goals we've set.
Margo Berendson shares about a "Summer in the City" group that ought to do the trick. And Karen Mahoney has started Kaz's Summer Camp.
Limiting online activity can boost available hours for writing. I find it helps me to set a daily writing goal that must be met before I go online. Mary Ann Loesch lists 7 Summer Writing Goals for the Neurotic. Professor Beej recommends treating writing like a job--even in the summer.
Make sure to keep reading. Too many writers get so busy between writing, editing, and networking, that they fail to set aside time to be inspired by well-written words. Alex J. Kane lists not only his summer writing goals, but his reading goals, too. Sarah Allen advises taking a book with you everywhere you go.
Listing goals might be the best way to make sure they happen. My main goal is to write at least 1K per day before I go online. I'm planning to read at least one book a week. And blogging, of course, but the writing will come first.
What are your summer goals?