Monday, 19 November 2012

A day in the Life of...

My Time - My Day

In many writing magazines "My writing day"  seems to me to be a popular item. It often features someone fairly well known but not always.  I must confess that I, like many others find the articles pretty fascinating. Why, exactly I don’t know but I always read them and measure myself up against them.
It proves absolutely nothing, except that we are all different and organise ourselves and our days in varied ways.
My writing day has changed somewhat over the years. I used to write early morning when I was still working full time at a day job. Even if only for an hour I would try and get a few words down before I drove off to work. I no longer have a day job, retirement has beckoned, but I still write as much as I can. I used to think I would have lots of time to write when I retired but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to work out like that. There are also still many calls on my time – much more than I’d like…
Anyway here’s how a typical day would go for me:
Get up at 7.45am - a quick cuppa then out for a walk or jog for an hour. (That’s my exercise done for the day).
Breakfast is at 9am and I may read a little after that or check emails etc. Any brief kitchen chores are also done here.

I try to be at my Pc actually working on the current WIP by 10.30am at the latest. I have an hour break for lunch when I also read a little or do puzzles and usually get back to my PC to get more words down in the afternoon.
When I have my word quota for the day, (usually around 1-2000) I turn to my blog and read, comment or write another article for an hour.
The best laid plans and all that mean that some days are a wash, so I try to make up for it when the writing day is going well.
But then when the evening calls... .  Well, that’s my time to chillax!
So how do you organise a good writing day?


  1. Like you, I'm at my desk early, take a little bid-morning break, then work through until lunch. Depending on what else is on my agenda, I'll blog, do promo, write guest posts etc in the afternoon.

  2. My good writing days are my days off work, when I can spend a good chunk of the day doing writing. I still write after work, I just don't get as much done :)

  3. When I'm working on a project, I devote two hours and evening to it. (I already get up before 5:30 in the morning - getting up even earlier is just not going to happen!) And I weekends, I cram in several hours.

  4. I write in my lunch break at work and for a while most evenings. Somehow on the days I don't go to work I don't get much more writing done.

  5. Haha, I thought I'd have all kinds of writing time when both kids were in school. Not so much. A good writing day has me having a nice breakfast, a 45-60 minute walk, then settling down to write until lunch. Ideally, I'd get back to it after lunch, but that's often when I run errands, clean, that sort of thing, before the kids get home. I usually end up heading back down to write some after the kids and hubby go to bed. And, of course, many days I'm gone all day and get no writing done.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  6. That sounds like a lovely day. I typically don't get to anything until my son naps. If I'm lucky, I'll get two hours from him. If I have a good writing day, I can do 2000 words during that time. I'm very happy with those days.

  7. I normally write between 9-11.30am when my daughter's in nursery. That's great because the morning's my best time to write anyway. I'm still trying to work out how to write at the weekends, or with anyone else around me!

  8. I also prefer writing in the mornings and relaxing in the evenings.

  9. I prefer to start writing in the morning. By the afternoon, all my bright ideas have vanished :-)