Sunday, 5 March 2017

Reality Check

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed what my ideal writing day would look like. I promised to tell you what my real writing day looks like, and you will see that it is rather different!

My days start with me pressing snooze on my alarm more times than I can count in that sleep deprived state. My alarm is set for 6:45am but you will unlikely see me before 7:15am. Then I stumble into the kitchen and switch the kettle on, whilst preparing smallest’s breakfast. I pour a cup of boiling water – intentionally, I haven’t forgotten to add coffee – and sit and attempt to hear the news over smallest’s incessant chatting between mouthfuls. If boy isn’t up by the end of the regional news, I go wake him. He gets up and gets his own breakfast before getting ready for school. Then I can get rid of him. Once he is gone it is time for coffee and to get dressed.

Then I clean, and just be mum to smallest. Then it is time for smallest to eat lunch and to get ready for nursery. When I have dropped her off, I get home and have my lunch, meaning I don’t sit to write until about 1:30pm. Then at 2:30pm I have to wrap it up and prepare to collect smallest from nursery. We get back about 4pm, then it is time for tea, bath and bed by 7pm. If I haven’t done all I need, or it is a Wednesday (which is #writingchat 8-9pm GMT on Twitter if you are interested), then I will get it down. I try and be fully finished no later than 8:30pm.

So I manage one or two hours writing a day. But you will be surprised just what can be achieved in that time!

Soon, my days will change slightly, as him indoors has a new job with a different working pattern. But I don’t think it will change too much.

So there you have it! You can see how my perfect and real days are very, very different. I must say, writing this has been a joy. I may not have much time to write, but I love my family, and they are worth it.


  1. Enjoyed your piece. Yes, everyone's writing day is different. For me, with CFS issues, the push to write (or to do anything can be quite brutal. Always interesting and strangely comforting to here how other people mange to write.

    1. Thank you. I find it therapeutic to write about my days too. I think we can see the achievements of others and think they must have the life of freedom to write. In reality, we all have our own battles to get the words down on the page.
      Keep writing!

  2. You're doing okay Ingrid, life has a habit of getting in the way now and again, but also, as family life changes, we must change with it.


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