Although it feels like summer has just begun, it will be over before we know it! If you have time off in the summer, you may have summer writing goals, but it is easy to get distracted by all the fun summer activities and forget to work on your writing.

With that in mind, I’d like you to ask yourself a question today — how are you doing with your summer writing goals?  Have you found yourself wrapped up in summer events — vacations, going to the pool, late night bonfires, enjoying the outdoors — instead of writing?

If you find you aren’t devoting as much time to writing as you would like, maybe it’s time to redirect your goals.  Rather than miss out on the fun of summer, use this season to inspire your writing. Here are three ways to do so.

1) Write outside

No one says you have to work in an office, coffee shop, bookstore, or library. Instead, take your computer, notebook, or research material with you to your favorite outdoor location (the beach, the park, next to the pool) and work there. You will get to enjoy the summer sun as you write.

2) Let summer be your inspiration

Maybe you can’t find the inspiration to work on your current project because you are distracted by all the fun summer has to offer. Take a break from your current project and work on something inspired by the season. Perhaps, you could write fun poems or short stories about your summer vacation.

3) Think ahead

If you stay committed to your writing now, you may be able to enjoy the benefits by the time the holidays roll around. Books make great holiday gifts, so keep at your goals and you could just be a self-published author by the end of the year!

I’d love to know, how is summer impacting your writing goals?

ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT: Kelly Schuknecht is the Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.