Well… I get up at the crack of dawn, lets say about 5.30 am, beaver away until coffee time, typing, typing, typing. Then after coffee, I work flat out say until lunchtime working on whatever draft I am doing whether it be a short story or a novel. Then I break for an hours lunch. After lunch I scramble back to my desk. I then work on redrafts or revisions until about 5 pm. I wish!!! It goes more like this. When I eventually settle down to actually “do” some writing and not just “think” about it, most of that time is spent gazing out of the window wishing I was anywhere else but stuck in front of a computer waiting for inspiration to strike.
Does it ever happen when you most want it to? Not on your life! I will tell you when it is most likely to strike, when you are doing something else with your hands, like doing the washing up or driving in traffic. It hits you like the proverbial ton of bricks. Bam! Ideas come flowing, but you have got no pen or anything else for that matter to jot down those ideas, and if you are anything like me by the time you run at full pelt for the nearest pen, the idea has evaporated just like that dream you had that morning that you won the Lotto triple rollover! Damn!
Here’s what you do while we are on the subject: keep a notebook and pen by the kitchen sink, in the bathroom or garden shed. Failing that, if you have a smart phone, it should have the facility for you to record anything you like. I suggest you leave yourself a note (written or audio) and work on it later when your hands are not quite as tied up.
So back to my typical day. I tend to write better at night, the house is quieter and my thoughts come together much better. Although, I have heard a lot of writers work much better first thing in the morning for those very same reasons. I tend to wait for the muse to appear before I write anything, which I know is the wrong approach for anyone who hopes to make it as a professional writer one day. I can’t imagine, Stephen King, J K Rowling, Danielle Steel, and such like writers leaving their writing to the last minute as I tend to do somehow! I guess their output and sales figures will show that they most certainly don’t!
Establish a Daily Writing Routine
So I say this, ignore the lovely weather we are having at the moment, ignore the fridge that is in need of defrosting, ignore the washing and ironing and put your writing first, Establish a daily routine even if it is only for ten minutes a day in the beginning. Your writing will get better for it.
So on that note, I must dash as I have got a short story to finish.
Until next time,
Happy Writing, S