Back to School = Back to Writing Routines


There always seem to be an ebb and flow to my writing. The ebb usually coming in the summer. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those consistent writers. I do tend to slack off a bit in the summer to spend more time with my family.

But now that school has started again and the beach is no longer calling my name, it’s time to get back into my normal writing routine. But I confess, it’s been kind of hard to get into the groove even though I really want to.

So to better prepare for my writing days ahead, I’ve done FOUR things.

1) I downloaded the first ten chapters of my WIP (where I left off) to  my Ipad and have read through it entirely and made some notes. Truth is, I kind of forgot my story and needed to reintroduce it to myself. (it’s not half bad!)

2) I’m caught up on all my laundry, food shopping, and house cleaning. (No need to have any added excuses around vying for my attention)

3)I went to the library and took a walk around—just to SEE the books. I took a look around and thought, “Oh yeah, if all these people can get  ‘er done, so can I.”

4) Lastly, I looked at my beginning of the year goals, made some adjustments, and rewrote what I want to get done this fall. (I do love goals)


I’m ready for the flow to come back now and I’m off to edit!


How about you? If you’re a writer, do you tend to write less in the summer?

If you’re a reader, are you anxious to get back into your normal household routine now that school has started again?

***The blog swag this month is a $10 Amazon gift E-card courtesy of author Julie Jarnagin! Comment on any post in September to be entered to win!***

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About Jennifer Shirk

Jennifer Shirk is a USA Today bestselling sweet romance author for Montlake and Entangled Publishing who also happens to be a mom, pharmacist, Red Sox fan, P90x grad, and overall nice person. Check out her latest sweet romance: CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN

7 Responses to Back to School = Back to Writing Routines

  1. I definitely do less in the summer, and by the time September hits I’m ready to dive back in! I wish I could catch up on laundry – but with 5 people in the house, that’s just a pipe dream 😉

  2. Is it really possible to do 2?!! I’m so disillusioned. 🙁

    Great blog, glad I dropped by. I couldn’t slack off writing this summer as I had too many deadlines, but re #3, Yee!!! I just got a hardcover, large print edition copy of my trade book in the mail. SUPER cool. I would love to see that on one of those library shelves.

  3. It’s tough for me to get anything done in the summer. After conference, I’m hoping to start getting back into my old 5am routine.

  4. Karen Lange says:

    My summer writing schedule varies. I was writing for a deadline this summer, so was pretty busy. Have a slight lull now, but need to get back at it.

    Congrats on the award, Jennifer!

  5. Nina Croft says:

    I don’t have children so don’t have the back to school thing but my routine does change in the summer – I’ll often take the afternoon off writing just to laze about (and read) but I also get up much earlier (usually as the sun rises) so I get about the same done.

  6. Jill Hughey says:

    My ebb and flow seem to be marketing times and writing times. I find it very hard to do both so, when I finish a book, I go into marketing/communicating mode, then I have to switch back into writing mode to finish the next book. Not ideal but it seems to be how I operate.

  7. I’ve done ok during the summer…it’s going back to work that’s kicking my booty. Everytime I open my files to work or crit…something happens and I have to stop for some reason. I haven’t been able to get anything accomplished. I really miss the good ol’ days when I looked forward to school starting so I could concentrate on my writing. *sigh* I almost forgot what day I blogged. Ugh.

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