2014_August_summerinspirationSummer days are great for lots of things – getting out and enjoying your city or town, meeting up with friends, spending more time with family, taking holidays and slipping out of the rhythms of the daily grind.

For writers, it can also be a time for inspiration.

That doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a period with more time for writing, but that ideas begin to take shape in the mind of a writer. Those kernels of an idea may begging to sprout months later, when it’s colder and an evening cozy at home before a laptop seems a better option than al fresco drinks with friends.

I’ve started working on a lot of new projects during the summer. Last summer on holiday with my two boys in Bali, I’d sneak out to the terrace in the evenings when they fell asleep, and type out the first few chapters of my current WIP, the story of three American ex-pats living in Rome, and discovering that life isn’t turning out at all like they expected.

I haven’t had as much time to work on it this year as I’d like, but most of the plotting and brainstorming took place then – in relaxed summer mode.

And you writers? Are you more productive during the longer, lazier summer days? Do you write more? Or do you store away inspiration for the winter months… like the squirrels piling up their acorns? : )

Happy summer writing, and daydreaming!