Sunday, 19 February 2017

Perfect Writing Day

Do you have 'day envy' when you read those columns titled 'My Writing Day'? I know I do! Very rarely do I see one that tallies with my day. But many of them are what I would like my day to be like. So for this post, I thought I would set a timer for ten minutes and free write on what my perfect day would look like. I have tried to be as true to myself as possible, but I do think I have been influenced by such columns.

My perfect writing day starts with me waking up. I would then go downstairs and make coffee and breakfast. The kids would probably be awake, and I would feed them. I would sit down with coffee and breakfast and check the news, my Facebook and e-mail. I would also write a list of things to do. I would then send the kids off to school, and do the dishes, put a load of laundry on, before settling down to write. I will be a full time novelist so most of my day will be taken up by a current novel in progress. I would write a few short stories in between. I would be in my own dedicated office with a large desk, a comfy chair and a very useful cupboard where all notebooks are stored. There will also be bookshelves, carpet, a rug and a sofa or other comfy chair. I would get some household chores done in the day, when I needed a screen break. Most importantly, my family would leave me alone when I am sat in this room!

So, that is it! Is your day perfect? Is it like my ideal? We can all strive to better use of our time and resources. One day, my day will look more like the one detailed above. But for now, I am happy with my lot, if I keep working towards improvement. I will be writing about my actual writing day soon. Or it should be about my days, and how I fit writing into them! I do believe that if you want something enough, you find the time to make it a priority.

I'd like to know your thoughts, and how you manage your daily writing. Are you a hobbyist? Or do you earn your money from it? And how has your day changed over the years?

7 comments:

  1. I love that your family life is important to your perfect day! I think too many people want to dream of a life where nothing has to be done by them, but what they dream of... You make this so real and so wonderful! I love it! x x

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    2. I have tried to send them off to the circus, but they just won't go! So I figured I needed to accommodate them somehow....

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  2. My perfect day, would be me following a plan without interruption! Looking back on that day and thinking I've actually done some good work. And not feeling that because I'd spent the day writing I now have a mountain of chores and a day job to catch up with, let alone the family guilt.

    What I could really do with is a time machine - then I could go off somewhere to write and set it to come back like I'd never been away!

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    1. Your life is busy at the moment! Hope you are feeling better. Keep at it though. You will get there. Hopefully I can help you - though I doubt it as you are further along the journey than I am.

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  3. I'm sure that day will come, Ingrid! To be honest, when I stopped working outside (apart from doing talks/adjudications now and then), I found it more difficult at first to settle into a good writing routine. I seem to work best when I have other things to do and fit writing around it. But it is good to know that I have certain days when I can get on with the current work in progress or another short story - if I could only stop procrastinating!

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    1. Procrastination.....that life long enemy of writers, more real than writers block!

      I can see why you work best when fitting writing into your life, rather than the other way round. I do wonder if my perfect day will be perfect after all. I am sure time will tell :)

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