So, I had to miss the September Eastside RWA Chapter meeting, but all my friends went, and they were completely inspired by Susan Mallery’s talk on how to write more. She spoke about how to be more productive in the amount of time you have. I’m definitely going to put her methods into play. In just the last two days (not using this method but just on the sheer rush of “I don’t have to have surgery, so I’m going to write instead!), I’ve written 15 pages. Yay me!
Anyway, I think we all have an idea of what we’d like our writing lives to be like. Assuming I’m not going to win the lottery and be able to quit my job tomorrow, I decided to do a little creative dreaming about how my ideal writing day would unfold:
5:30 a.m. – Roll out of bed, dress, work (on the 2 mornings a week that I work) or check e-mail, work on nonfiction article prep/writing, do desk work.
8:30 a.m. – Take GameBoy and Nephew to school.
9:30 a.m. – Any household chores done, fresh cup of coffee on hand, settle down with laptop to work on today’s pages. Ideally, I’d like to get 10 pages done each day in a 3-1/2-hour period (giving me 50 pages per week). I’ve done this before (we’re talking first draft), it can totally be done again. I’ll have to work up to it, I’m sure. (I’ve done approximately 7-1/2 pages each of the last two days, so I think I may have to work up to 10 pages).
1:00 p.m. – Put the writing away, and do a bit of prep work, for tomorrow…what I plan to write, maybe a brief outline for the next day, so that I have something to think about for the evening.
1:30 p.m. – Start “real” job.
7:30 p.m. – Finish “real” job. Of course, in between there’s a break to debrief my sister-in-law on the day and deliver Nephew into her hands, a break to make dinner, then finishing up work. Ideally, I’d like to make my line/report goal every day within this period of time.
I’ve never been much of a TV watcher, but I have to admit, there are quite a few on my agenda this season. I want my evenings free to do so. If there’s nothing on the tube, I can do more prep work, work on my articles, etc., to free up a bit more writing time during the week. Weekends will be for editing what I wrote the week before and, again, getting work done on the freelance articles if necessary.
So that’s the dream. What’s your dream day look like…writer or not?