Summer’s here in the northern hemisphere, and it’s a brilliant time to treat yourself!
Use that treat to provide some writing motivation, and you’ll get double the trick from your treat. Or, use it to provide pleasurable associations for your summer writing task. If you are consistent in rewarding yourself, you could establish good habits.
First: give yourself a stick blender if you don’t already have one. This can be a reward for a job well-done, or a little bribe for some sit-down time. Plus, it’ll play a major role in many of the treats I outline.
If you are a bit stuck, go cherry-picking or strawberry-picking. Let your mind wander as your body is busy with a mindless task. Enjoy the sun, and the stretch of your muscles, and allow yourself a little wonder time. Bonus: A lot of places here allow you to pick-n-eat as you go. But even if they don’t, you’ll have delicious fruit to take home. Freeze half for later. Sit down and write, then indulge with a bowl of summer fruit.
Hot? Suffering for your art while sweating over the keyboard? Have a frozen drink after or during your exertions.
Chocolate banana milkshake: Slice one frozen banana. Add milk to cover, and about two tablespoons of chocolate syrup (I can give you a chocolate syrup recipe if you request it in the comments). Blend. Stick in a straw and enjoy!
Cherry milkshake. Did you remember those PITTED cherries that you froze after the mini-excursion? Put about a half a cup or so in your blender cup. Add one cup of milk and 1/4 package of instant vanilla or chocolate pudding. (Or add ice cream base instead of milk and powder.) Whiz, and say “Whee! I did it!”
Mojitos: You can make a lime syrup. Or you can just use the juice of half a lime plus a little of the zest if you are feeling fancy, and some super-fine sugar to taste (1 to 3 tsp). Put in a little fresh mint and two ice cubes, then shake or muddle. Add a lot more ice cubes, then rum to taste (if your taste is zero rum, you’ll get no argument from me!), and top with sparkling water. Mmmmm! Make a lemonade the same way if desired, only substitute lemon.
The best writing treat of all may be just a little freedom. Cut loose and give yourself 30 or 40 minutes to write whatever you want, without fear of mistakes or clumsiness. Writing without expectations in the summer sun could get your writing jump-started for the rest of the week.
Have fun, and let me know how it goes!