I’ve been really, really busy. So busy, in fact, that I’ve had to compile a sample daily schedule to keep track of all the ways I have been overly productive. I mean, really, not to brag, but after you read my schedule, you, too, will think that I am nothing short of the Wonder Woman of Writing. (Fair warning: Sarcasm abounds around these here parts.)
While making my list, I also added in some handy-dandy justifications for how each of these activities is helping me to further my at-home writing career. It is my hope that, should you decide to take up this career path, this little list will be a helpful reference. Feel free to get creative with your justifications and excuses, as that is also a way to expand your creativity.
Here’s a sample daily schedule:
8:00 a.m.—Send kids to school. (Things were going on prior to 8:00 a.m., but I’m thinking you don’t necessarily need to know about combing the tangles out of hair and packing lunches, although it is quite riveting.)
8:30 a.m.—Decide between PopTarts and cereal for breakfast. If I’m actually trying to work, I’ll choose the PopTarts because of the ease of eating them over the keyboard. However, usually it’s cereal, because I’m usually watching CNN and calling it research.
9:00 a.m.—Fire up laptop and check email. In case I am being recruited by an amazing publisher or agent, I need to know this immediately. Also, check sale ads and discounts and any other emails that might be waiting for me.
9:30 a.m.—Check facebook. As a writer, it’s necessary to stay up-to-date and in touch with one’s friends. We tend to get a little troll-ish, so maintaining social contacts is essential.
10:00 a.m.—Open Word. Stare at a blank screen and decide whether or not to begin something new or continue with what I’ve already been working on.
10:15 a.m.—Open book-in-progress. Read last chapter written. Cry and eat cookies and re-write what I did the day before.
11:00 a.m.—Scroll to beginning of new chapter and begin plotting. Realize that I probably need to watch more episodes of Snapped or Investigation Discovery shows in order to come up with evil plots.
11:30 a.m.—Berate self for eating cookies for breakfast dessert, and make plan to add healthy activities and workouts into my day.
12:00 p.m.—Eat lunch and debate eating more cookies. Opt for ice cream instead. (After all, dairy HAS to be slightly healthier than cookies, right?)
12:30 p.m.—Participate in semi-conscious concepting session. (Also known as ‘a nap.’)
2:00 p.m.—Realize I haven’t actually accomplished anything and that soon the kids will be home from school. Crap.
2:10 p.m.—Get laptop again and decide to blog, hoping that inspiration for my book will soon follow.
2:30 p.m.—First kid gets home from school.
2:40 p.m.—Frantically type SOMETHING-FOR-THE-LOVE-OF-ALL-THAT-IS-HOLY! Wonder how I have lost an entire day without writing anything substantial.
3:00 p.m.—Decide that tomorrow will be different. And maybe I’ll even stay up late to write after the kids go to bed. Yep, that’s the plan. For sure.
3:30 p.m.—Post blog and get ready for the rest of the kids to get home.