I seem to do this summer idea percolation thing every year. I think while I pull weeds in my garden, while I'm fixing meals, and even while I'm watching television. I put together a few scenes in my head and play with plot twists while I'm writing blog posts or grocery shopping.
As I get closer and closer to the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference (September 7-9 this year) in Denver, and then to the member retreat for Northern Colorado Writers in October, ideas become notes on paper and notes become scribbled scenes. By the time we head for Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch for a weekend of writerly bonding, snacking, and tons of dedicated (and silent) writing time, I'm ready for one of my binge writing sessions.
There's something about Colorado Gold that gets me going again. And the retreat is the perfect vehicle for forcing me to put words on paper (via my laptop, of course).
I plan to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this November as well, so I need two binge-writing projects going at the same time.
That's no problem, because my retreat project can be finishing last year's NaNoWriMo novel or one of my short stories.
Do you write all year round or take planned breaks from your writing schedule? Is there a particular time of the year when you're more productive than usual? And finally, are you going to do NaNoWriMo this year?