Yes!!! I have survived the dreaded head cold and am now so excitedly ripping through my current project, that simply can’t bear to take a break. So, I’m going to call this Wednesday a blogging “cheat” day and recycle one of the articles from my most recent newsletter (which you can sign up for HERE and get free goodies to boot).
Hope you enjoy this look into my typical writing day and I’ll be back to type something fresh at you soon!
I know you’ve all been unable to concentrate on your daily lives because you simply can’t stop wondering how a writer spends his or her days.
Possibly, you’re picturing Stephen King who (according to his own words) has a nice big desk situated at a window where he overlooks the Maine scenery (and possibly sees demented clowns or rabid dogs) while clacking away at the keyboard for several hours straight.
Or maybe your imaginary writer sits at a cafe all day pounding out words lost in the oblivion of the world she’s creating and immune to that squalling baby two tables over, the guy making gross chewing noises as he eats his scone, and the two women behind her gossiping about their friend who has just gone to the toilets.
Not For Me
Sorry, neither of these situations fits me, and I imagine every writer probably has a different routine. For myself, I cannot work in a public setting. I might be able to jot down a few ideas, possibly some dialogue, but I find other humans too distracting to work amongst them (seriously, humans are too weird not to watch).
And locking myself away in an office and not emerging for hours on end? Nope, not gonna work. Remember I told you about my horrible eyes? Well those eyes need plenty of breaks, so hours and hours of writing just aren’t going to happen, no matter how “into” my story I am.
I’ve heard plenty of writers also like to get up at the crack of dawn and crank out thousands of words before breakfast. Nope, not me either. I have tried it, but my brain does not become fully functional until my belly has some yogurt, toast, and at least half a liter of tea inside of it, mainly because my belly is growling too loudly and drowning out any whispers of inspiration from the muses.
Yeah, so that’s what my day isn’t.
My days also aren’t consistent. There’s plenty of business stuff to do as a writer (setting up ads, writing book descriptions, maintaining the website, creating newsletters, buying wine, looking at cat videos…) and that business varies from day to day.
Except for hanging out on this blog with you guys, I HATE the business side of this business. I find the number of little things that must be done to be incredibly distracting, like little gremlins nibbling away at my creative neurons. As such, I like to get them off my plate as soon as possible so my little neurons can run free without fear of becoming gremlin snacks.
I’ve been trying something new the past couple of months and so far it’s working stupendously. I spend the first week of the month from dawn until quitting time doing all the major business projects (writing newsletters, setting up ads, adding to my store, creating promo graphics, submitting stories to magazines etc.). If I’m clever with my time management, I can also squeeze in the first draft of a short story during this week.
With all that big business cleared away, my brain is left feeling nearly gremlin-free for the rest of the month which is dedicated to writing, writing writing! And maybe some writing.
During these weeks, I get up (I do get up at the crack of dawn, but that’s just my own internal clock), feed the cats before they eat me alive, make tea while the cats are distracted, do a few exercises, quiet my belly monster with some food, then get the “little” business out of the way (leaving reviews on Goodreads and Bookbub, answering emails, sending out the newsletters I wrote during my Business Week, etc.).
All that out of the way, it’s time to go outside to clear my brain with a run or walk (or both). Once back home, I make more tea (there’s a lot of tea in my day) and am ready to get to work on my latest novel.
I won’t go into the exact timing, but after cranking out or editing or rewriting some words for a while, I take a break for lunch, write some more, make more tea (or coffee just to mix things up), head back for some more writing, then take an afternoon break (during which I do garden and house chores, so not exactly a “break”).
By this point, I’m usually pretty sick of my novel so, unless I really need to keep at it, I might switch over to working on the month’s short story or an essay for a couple hours. After making some tea, of course.
That’s it. It’s not glamorous, but so far it’s what’s working for me. And, all that tea guarantees I have to take several breaks throughout the day…you know what I mean.
Any routines in your life? Are you more productive in the morning, afternoon, or evening? How/where do you imagine writers working? I love hearing from you so be sure to share your thoughts in a comment.
6 thoughts on “Writing the Day Away”
I love the kitty – that face! Remember dogs have masters, cats have staff – ha! Also I loved the Stephen King one! Sending you thoughts of good progress on your novel. If it helps image that unless you finish it you must go on tour with Ed Sheehan as his roadie and attend all his concerts 😉
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Ah, yes, that’s Fiona. The Oregon Humane Society took out all but four of her teeth before I adopted her so she has a bit of a goofy grin. Thanks for the good wishes…and I believe you have given me all the motivation I need to finish. In fact, with a threat like that looming over me, I might just finish it today!!
How nice to get a sneaky peek into your writing day! I might actually start following your example of getting “business” stuff done in one big batch – that’s a problem for monster-makers too, even if we should (in theory) be immune to gremlin attacks! I also agree that morning is the only time to get stuff done – if I’m not already working by 9am, it’s probably not happening 😆
Hope you managed to chase off your cold, too!
The cold has been successfully blown away (literally…many tissues sacrificed themselves for the cause). It is a huge relief having all the business gremlins behind me, but I absolutely dread heading into my “business week”, which happens to be this week. Ughhhhhh!!! So, there’s your warning if you try this scheme out: Be prepared for one week of torture. Thanks for popping by :))
Yes, but once it’s done, it’s done… That has to be a plus! Good luck doing battle with those business gremlins this week!
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It’s never done, NEVER (cue banging head on desk)!!
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