Spring is my favorite time of year. The flowers are blooming, the birds singing, everything is coming back to life. Add in the warmer temperatures and the stronger, brighter sun, and I want to spend as much time as possible relaxing outside in the sun.
When I was in school, this was my favorite time of year. I would be approaching the last month of the semester, and always seemed to have too much to do. Still, I could take the piles of reading I had for my classes, curl up on my favorite chair with some sunblock and sunglasses, and the reading never felt like as much as a chore.
I could sit outside and read for hours. I had a routine—I would get up in the morning and do all of my computer work when it was still cool outside. As the temperature warmed up in the early afternoon, I would head outside and do my reading. It was a perfect balance.
Unfortunately, I am not in school anymore. I am a writer—a job that requires a computer. Or does it?
It is true that I can’t see my screen outside. It is also true that I much prefer to write via computer than using pen and paper. Still, a writer has responsibilities other than just writing. While blogging and social networking both require a computer (or my Blackberry), reading does not.
I have read over and over how important it is for writers to read–a sentiment I agree with wholeheartedly. We need to read books about writing, social networking, motivation—wherever we feel we have room for improvement. We also need to read fiction. Whether in-genre or not, a lot can be learned from other writers.
Have I mentioned that there are few thing I love more than relaxing in the sun with a book? This could be the perfect solution!
I can learn from my school schedule. If I force myself to get up and write, once I reach my goals for the day, I can go outside and play (now I sound like a seven-year-old). If it doesn’t get done, I don’t get to go outside. What do you know, that may help my procrastination issues, too!
Of course, a plan like this won’t do much good until we start to break fifty degrees in the afternoon. And the snow melts. Does anyone else feel like this has been the longest winter ever?
What are your favorite parts of spring? Where is your favorite place to read? What about writing—do you prefer a desk, a sofa, or somewhere else to write?