Summer Break

I know a lot of homeschoolers that school year-round so they don’t have that “Summer Slide” of lost information and review in the fall. I can see the value in that, but I also think it is great to just take a break and come back to it later. We take 8 weeks off in the summer, and I’ve been thinking of letting myself take a little summer vacation with writing too.

I don’t take breaks from writing very often–hardly ever–I am very diligent writer, since my time for writing is limited by the responsibilities of being a homeschooling mom of five kids, and my online adjuncting, and, and, and. There’s always something or other trying to nip away at any time I have for writing, so I typically hoard it pretty jealously and am loathe to give an inch of it.

However, writing 30 poems in 30 days plain wore me out! I ended up creating a chapbook out of it (which I just signed a contract for–hurrah!–and more info soon!), and I’m happy with the work I did, and the couple of poems I wrote in May.

I think I can get sort of bent on “output” and productivity as a poet though, and lose site of just letting myself sit, wonder, daydream. I need to refill with long walks and working in the yard and swimming in the neighborhood pool.

1 thought on “Summer Break”

  1. So wise. Gathering periods are so needed and, as writers, we’re often reluctant to establish any sort of time for input because you’re sort of drilled with “write, write, write, no excuses.” I think there is a lot of wisdom to making space for these quieter periods.

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