There are few things I love more than the first month of spring. The temperature changes, the air is buzzing, the world turns green. In a matter of days people go from hurrying door-to-door, shuffling along the sidewalks with their heads down, to taking the long way home just to enjoy the feel of the sun on their skin.
I love Spring because it means baseball games, days at the dog park, beer gardens, kickball on the National Mall, wearing shorts to the gym instead of sweatpants, lounging outside just because… I love Spring because it mean leisure. There’s no rush anymore. No rush to get home. No rush to find warmth. No rush for the day to be over.
Spring also means distraction (unfortunately). More and more I will find myself wanting to end my day earlier, go outside, take Maisey for longer walks. I stare out the window for no reason, watching passerby on the busy street I live on in downtown DC. I’ve been drinking my tea on the balcony, savoring it for 15 minutes instead of 5.
Luckily I think I’m one of those people who can manage to write outside or by the window (as opposed to having to be sequestered in a dark room), so I’ve planned excursions for the next few weeks. Parks, coffee shops with outdoor seating, rooftops where I can take my laptop and work for a few hours in the middle of the day.
But the key, as always, is to not let the workload dwindle. I’ve been starting earlier in the day so I can finish earlier (that’s how math works, right?), and taking a shorter lunch in favor of a longer afternoon break. Spring means a change in routine to accommodate a change in weather.
But I don’t mind change. Because Spring is here, and I couldn’t be happier.
And while Spring means leisure when it comes to most things, it means intensified effort when it comes to writing. 58 days from now is June 21st, the last day of the season. That’s the day I’m planning to finish this latest major rewrite of my book, which will be the last rewrite before I send it off to a group of beta readers for feedback. That will lead to final edits, which should only take a of couple weeks, and then sending query letters to all the agents I can find.
The end of this phase of writing/editing is drawing to a happy conclusion, and thanks to Spring’s new deadline, it’s even closer than ever before.
What are some of your favorite places to write outside? Any tips on how you focus? Favorite part of Spring?