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Writing Full Time During the Summer

Writing During the Summer by Jill Kemerer

There’s a tug-of-war within me all summer long. You know, the one that says, “Get to work!” while the other says, “Get out there and have fun!”

It’s especially bad right now. Since it’s the middle of July, I’m hoping my reluctance to stick with my schedule has peaked. I doubt it.

Writing full time during the summer pushes my self control to the limits.

I’d simply rather be having fun. Who wouldn’t?

We’ve been blessed to spend several weekends this summer with extended family. It’s a welcome change from last year when we were isolated. But after weekends surrounded by friends and family, I always need extra time to decompress. And my writing schedule really doesn’t allow much extra time this year.

This is where creating a weekly and daily goal list keeps me on track. The downside? I’m working longer days to make up for the fun weekends. And I would much rather to be out on my deck, soaking up the sun in the afternoons, instead of inside writing!

That’s the thing, though. Just because I’m self-employed and make my own schedule doesn’t mean I can take extended time off. I have deadlines, and they aren’t just suggestions. I don’t mind, though. I’m doing what I love, and I want my career to continue to climb.

There are always tradeoffs. If I scheduled my deadlines differently to allow for more downtime, I would have fewer releases, and I would make less money. No thanks!

At this point in my life, I prefer to forego lazy summer afternoons to release more books and earn more money. In the future, that might change or it might not. But for now, I’m pushing through the middle-of-summer tug-of-war, and so far, I’m winning!

Do you write during the summer? Is it challenging for you? What helps keep you motivated?

There is still time to enter the BIG Christmas in July Reader Giveaway! Go HERE for my blog stop and directions!

Christmas in July Reader Giveaway

Christmas in July Reader Giveaway. Jill Kemerer

Happy Christmas in July! Welcome to the 2nd blog in this Christmas in July Reader Giveaway, which runs July 12-23, 2021. At the bottom of each author’s blog post, you will find the secret words. Write them all down and provide the provide the entire answer on this Google form.

*If you missed the 1st stop, go to for the first secret words!!*

Note: You must grab all the secret words from every author in the Christmas in July Reader Giveaway to be eligible to win a $400 Amazon gift card. At the end of this blog post is a link to the next blog, and so on, to the final blog post (20 in all). At each blog stop, the author will also give away copy or copies of their featured Christmas book.

Don’t you just love Christmas? Especially when you can win a huge prize–in July! Woohoo!

To further celebrate this amazing reader giveaway, I’m giving away 5 (FIVE) copies of THE COWBOY’S CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS! US winners will receive a signed paperback, and International winners will receive an ebook! Simply LEAVE A COMMENT on this blog post to be entered to win one of the 5 copies!

All comments are moderated by me, so don’t worry if it doesn’t show up right away. I will see it and approve it the next tune I’m at my computer.

Comments can be left through July 23, 2021, 8:00pm EST. One comment per reader, please. Winner will be selected via random number generator and contacted via email. 18 years and older. Void where prohibited.

Will welcoming them for Christmas have him wishing for more?
Judd Wilson lives a solitary life…until he learns Nicole Taylor and her infant triplets need somewhere to stay. The cabin on his ranch is the perfect solution, but now his quiet Christmas alone feels a lot more crowded. Recently widowed, Nicole questions her swiftly developing feelings for Judd, even if the older man is wonderful with her babies. Is she ready to take that leap again?


Now, it’s time to for the secret words: In Christmas

Save the secret words, and when you reach the final blog, enter all the secret words on this form for a chance to win a $400 Amazon gift card!

Thank you so much for visiting! The next author on the tour is Dennis Bailey and his Christmas book The Boy Who Cried Christmas. You can find it at THIS LINK. Remember, this Christmas in July Reader Giveaway will end on July 23 at 8 PM EST!

Leave a comment below to be entered to win one of FIVE copies of The Cowboy’s Christmas Blessings!

Let’s Set Goals {July 2021}

Let's set goals July 2021. Writer productivity. Jill Kemerer

My writer productivity skyrockets when I set monthly goals. At the beginning of each week I break them down into daily tasks that will work within my current schedule. Do you know how great it is to finish projects? Of course you do! For me, setting monthly goals makes it all possible.

Every month I share how I did the previous month as well as my new goals. Let’s get to it!

How Did I Do? Jill’s June Goals

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