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4 Excellent Ways to Beat the Heat While Writing

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you a visual representation of last week's weather (in the US):

UNACCEPTABLE, right?!?! It really is too much, this summer heat. Unfortunately, whether we're suffering from summer brain or not, us writers must keep writing through the swelter*. Here are 4 tips to help you beat the heat and stay on your literary game!

1. Three words: Hoard. Every. Fan. Seriously. One little fan limply blowing warm air at you is not enough. Only when you feel completely cooled off can you truly focus on forming beautiful literature. So create a wind-vortex around your writing space using basic fan technology! If you live with other people, steal all their fans; otherwise, go out to the store and buy at least 3 different fans of varying size and capabilities. Then point every single one at yourself while you write. Mmmm, windy bliss.

2. Utilize popsicles as a reward system. While you're picking up your multiple fans at the store, also grab a box of good ol' p-sicles. Promise yourself that for every 500 words you write, you'll get one of those nice icy fruit sticks. If you write 2000 words, that means you get FOUR POPSICLES to help you stay cool while also keeping your taste buds satisfied! Who could turn that down?

3. Force a friend/significant other/random stranger to dump icewater on your head every time you start procrastinating. Not only do you get the much-needed shock of freezing water trickling down your back, but the other person gets the pleasure of watching you squirm! That's right, you sign on to Twitter, you get the ice treatment. It's for your own good (both heat-wise and writing-wise).

4. Dive into UNDERWATER WRITING. Clearly, the best has been saved for last. I'm not sure exactly how this would work, but I'm guessing it would involve an underwater pen and some kind of waterproof paper. Oh wait, both those things exist???! Great success.

Anyway, ferreal, stay cool for the rest of the summer, everyone. And keep on writing/revising/editing/etc.!

*I don't know if swelter actually works as a noun, but it feels fitting so I'm keeping it.
Emilia Plater

Emilia is a YA author who avoids studying, food that isn't covered in cheese, and waking up before 10:30AM whenever possible. A bundle of confusions.

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  1. Then why am I wearing a hoodie and freezing? It's clearly under 70 here, and I don't like it.

  2. Totally love the Underwater Writing idea! ;)
    Thanks for the tips although I find that sitting with the AC in the basement also seems to work!!


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