By Karen Cino
Keeping this in mind, I came up with a Writer's Summer Survival Tote Bag. Pack your tote and keep it besides your pocketbook. Your tote should consist of the following:
2. 2 Pens (This way there is no excuse that the pen ran out of ink.)
3. A bunch of ideas
4. Post it Notes
5. 2 water bottles – frozen
9. Beach Umbrella
10. Beach chair and blanket
I have left out the radio and ipod. Those two things are total distractions when writing. I decided to do a test “run” and see if it worked before I shared this with you. As I sit here, I can attest that the only sound I hear is the echo of the waves breaking at the ocean’s edge and the occasional helicopter going over head.
Now I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that there can be plenty of other distractions at the beach, like the sexy guy who put his beach blanket down about twenty feet from me and undressed down to his bathing trunks. And yes, I watched the whole time, just couldn’t resist.
But seriously, I was able to do revisions on four chapters of MYSICAL WONDERS—that’s about 100 pages without the phone ringing or the kids yelling Ma. (Would you believe that when I’m writing, they both forget how to cut Italian Bread and make a sandwich?)
In conclusion, it IS possible to get your work done during the hot summer months. All you need is a plan, your imagination and your Writer's Summer Survival Tote Bag.♥
Karen Cino is the President of the RWA New York City Chapter. She writes women's fiction. This summer, she plans to make much use of her Writers Summer Survival Tote.