June has arrived and, with it, a new blog series! Readers who have followed this blog throughout the years know that I’m a fan of blog series as a way to write posts around a theme and, along the way, to share questions and possibilities and experiences that might be useful for others.
This summer I’ll be posting here about ways to turn the summer into a DIY writing retreat: three months of prioritizing our writing life without the travel or expense or disruption of formal seclusion. My goals are not only to finish some writing projects by the end of August, but, more important, to gain and strengthen habits of thought and action that I can take with me into the fall.
To that end, I will be posting every day during June, July, and August—some pieces will be short, others longer, with a few updated posts from years past. Main topics, because they are what I am most interested in at the moment, will be these:
- Writing Practice
- Writing Mindset
- Reading as a Writer
- Goals and Organization
- Digital Life and Social Media
Please join me and share your own experiences, goals, and successes along the way! There is no sign-up required, no fee or commitment. Just a willingness to try new approaches and mindsets, to be honest with ourselves about what really keeps us from our best writing selves, and to put writing front and center each day in whatever ways we can, regardless of how busy or crazy the rest of our lives (or the world) feels. Throughout the series, my guiding purpose is that when we are writing well—meaning writing regularly and with purpose—a writing life really is its own reward.
Tomorrow’s Post: The Deep Work of Writing