A few posts back I did a piece about the Guardian and the feature they did about how various authors spend their days writing. Ever since, I’ve been thinking about how I spend my time writing, what an average day is like for me.
Since starting NaNoWriMo I have been constantly writing. This is something that’s never happened for me before. I can feel myself getting into some sort of routine…
Anyways I thought it would be fun to act like a proper author and give you the lowdown of my day when I’m writing…who knows maybe when I’m big and famous I can look back on this and see how things have changed (Or not.)
An average day…
I get up around 8:00am where I’m either greeted to barking or a wagging tail and lots of licks from my puppy Poppy. I stick my laptop on and whilst it’s loading I either get cuddles or stay as far from Poppy’s jaw as I can, depending on if she’s happy puppy or psycho dog.
I feed my two cats Fred and Crooga (their names honest) who have started to stalk me for food, I try to convince myself that I’m neither Noah from Noah’s Ark or Dr Dolittle and that I asked for so many animals. For the next ten minutes I continue to move Poppy backwards and forwards to stop her eating the cat food.
At some point during the morning she has a nap and I have breakfast which consists of anything I can get my hands on. I am relieved of my mothering duties for a couple of hours. We all know cats can sleep all day so I’m sorted on that front.
I get straight into writing conjuring up plots and making up dialogue for characters that I’m really starting to get to grips with. I write a few hundred words and get distracted by Facebook/Twitter etc. I then write a few more hundred and the pattern continues until the dog wakes up.
She gets taken for a walk and fed, where I squeeze in some more writing time. I feel bad for looking on the internet so much and banish myself from doing it until I’ve written over a thousand words at least. This never happens and I continue to cyber surf and drag inspiration from parts of my brain I never knew existed.
I bribe the dog with treats and ice cubes (so goes wild for an ice cube) and squeeze in some more writing time.
I then spend some time removing her and her teeth from various pieces of furniture. After I have taken out most of the pieces of carpet from her mouth, you guessed it, more writing time.
Before I know it it’s nearly time for the mother to come in from work. I race around doing the dishes/washing etc and act like I did them as soon as I woke up when she comes in.
The animals get given over to her to look after and I either get ready for work or if I’m off, I look at my laptop screen amazed that I’ve managed to churn out a good few thousand words amongst the doggy chowder and catnip chaos of my day.
Of course this act of amazement lasts mere minutes, where I am back looking on the internet for something to cure my curiosity…
How do you spend your day writing?