Last Day of School: A Summer to Write

One of the few perks of being a public school teacher in Oklahoma is summer vacation.  I have a routine that I go through to unwind from the busy schedule of teaching high school students.  It follows:

  1. Read The Lord of the Rings.
  2. Go swimming with my children.
  3. Start working on a new writing project.

This year will be different, however, as I have several outlines either finished or nearly finished for at least three novels.  I just completed my third novel, Come Apart, and will be having a book signing on May 31st at the Norman, OK Hastings from 3-5pm.  I don’t know if I want to dive in to another novel just yet.

In January Literary Juice, an online magazine, published my short story Rust, which is one of many short stories I have been toying with for several years.  I write short stories to feel out ideas I might have for novels.  If the short story doesn’t pan out, I usually don’t pursue it as a full length novel.  Come Apart started this way, but then I realized that I would need much more to tell the story fully, and eventually it took a direction I did not intend originally.  The direction was very good, but some of my short stories have not gone any further than 1500 words.

I have decided that for the summer I will put together several short stories into a compendium to publish sometime in September.  It will give me a chance to relax from long form novels for a while, and see if the three outlines I have put together can sustain themselves beyond the 1500 word maximum.

The point is, it is necessary for a novelist to write, even if the writing task is not writing novels.  Writers need to keep themselves sharp, and if you haven’t written in a while, you need to get back to it.

Writers write.  Period.  If you are doing anything else, not writing every day or every other day, you are not a writer.

Published by Roger Colby, Novelist, Editor

Roger Colby is a novelist and teacher who has taught English for nearly two decades. He is also an avid reader of science fiction who feels, like many other sci-fi readers, that he has read everything. He writes science fiction for the reader who is looking for the next best thing, something to excite them into reading again. This blog is his journey as a writer and his musings about writing. He also edits manuscripts for a fee and is an expert at helping you reach your full potential as a writer.

2 thoughts on “Last Day of School: A Summer to Write

  1. I am just finishing reading the Lord of the Rings again. I decided to read the trilogy while I finished up my last semester of seminary, in order to anchor all of the academic reading and writing I was doing with great fiction. Thanks for posting, and blessings on your summer’s work!

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