Here’s a writing prompt for you today: summertime!

What does summer evoke for you? Good feelings? Bad? Does it make you think of a carefree childhood? A horrible time at camp? Your parents getting drunk? Surviving the city swelter? Mosquito bites? Ice cream? Songs? Beach/lake/pool/farm/river?

Think about this season and the memories you have associated with summer. Is there a certain event or feeling you can hone in on to craft a paragraph or short story? Or, maybe even a chapter of your book?

Get into a space where you feel comfortable and think about summers of the past. Where were you and what did you do? How did you feel? Use your five senses: smell, touch, taste, hearing, and seeing.

Here’s my trusty step-by-step process for those who like that sort of thing, but write the way that feels best to YOU!

  1. Freeform write. Don’t think, just write what happened.
  2. Read what you wrote and add what you missed.
  3. Read this new version, and now edit it for clarity or emphasis.
  4. Read it through and ask yourself what would make this interesting to my reader?
  5. Edit again, tailoring it to make sense into a story. This may mean deleting large portions and I always recommend when you do that to save the original version in another document because you may want to revisit it.
  6. Add details if not already present. Think of the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. (One of my favorite things about a rain storm is that I can smell the rain in the air before it arrives.)

Happy writing!