I’m always fascinated by other writers routines, everybody works to a different timetable and I’m a big believer in there being no single right way. I thought it might be nice to share what my writing days look like with you all.
Typically I write on a Wednesday, either I have the full day off work or the afternoon. Today is one of those lucky weeks where I have the whole day off (this is because I am working Saturday and I’m sure I won’t feel as lucky when my alarm goes off at 6.13am)
I still get up pretty early on my days off to be able to have breakfast with my husband and do a few chores before my writing day commences. This morning the alarm was set for 6.48am My husband left for work at 8.15am and the next 45 minutes were for some quiet reading time.
At 9am I’m ready to get my laptop out and start writing. (sometimes I do this from my office but more often this session is done sitting in bed like it is today) I’m beginning to get more involved with my WIP so the words come relatively easily for the first hour or so, then it’s time for a tea break. Early on in a WIP I tend to have more tea breaks because I come to a point that I need to think about what’s going to happen next. As a pantser I don’t have an outline, I have a mental road map but naturally there are times when I want to think about what needs to happen to who, where and why.
Just now I’m still figuring a lot of things out so obviously I procrastinate by going on Twitter for too long before giving myself a talking to and getting back to the laptop. I spent the next hour deleting more words than I write before giving up to go and have a shower at the back of 11. I could happily spend all day writing in my PJs in bed, but sods law says that if I’m going to have a break in my story line it will be in the shower!
I dictated some notes on to my phone while still in the bathroom, before making my self look presentable and having some lunch (poached eggs on toast in case you were curious)
I find afternoons harder to get started and almost allow myself to get too involved with a podcast to get back to my laptop. But I’m back at it by 2pm, this time at the desk in the office. The house across the street has primary school age children who like to play outside loudly from about 3pm onwards so I’ve put a thunderstorm on my rainrain app on my phone to try and drown them out.
Still spent too much time looking at Twitter and typically got into a grove with the words about 40minutes before my husband got home from work.
Having a full day to write is something I look forward to so much and work really hard to protect. I don’t have a word count goal per day, because I know it depends on where I am in the WIP how easily the words flow. I’d love to hear about your writing routines feel free to share in the comments.