Summer And The Writer

by Catherine L. Tully

Welcome to summer!

SF ViewIf you live in a warm climate, you may not appreciate the summer weather quite the way I do in the Midwest. Being locked up all winter long makes one want to sit outside and work and luckily, as a writer, I can do that.

Working outdoors is one of my favorite things to do, but even opening a window to get that breeze seems to make my writing sing that much more. As a celebration of the season, I’m going to list my top three things to do work-wise in the summer…feel free to share yours in the comments section below:

  1. Backyard bonanza. The easiest and sometimes the most rewarding is simply to head out to my yard and set up camp for the afternoon. I’ll take my laptop, a cool drink, my cell phone and a comfy chair and settle in. If it’s rainy, the front porch is a good substitute.
  2. Placid park. There’s a park not far from my house that is perfect for writing. No playground, not too many puppies and a big, shady tree to sit under on my soft blanket. My tiny cooler comes with me and some times I even pack a sandwich if I think I might stay for a few hours.
  3. Cool cafe. For the really hot days I set up at a cafe with a good view. There’s nothing quite like looking out a big picture window at a flower bed and sipping a coffee from the comfort of an air-conditioned seat. Some people may prefer the patio, but I’m not a hot, hot weather gal, so the view is enough for me. If I have to be outdoors on a 90-plus day, I pick a rooftop spot. They typically have a better breeze!

What is your favorite place to write in the summer weather? Or, if you live in a place where there is beautiful weather all year long, what do you do to take advantage of it?

Do tell. 🙂