Hello all! So, I was chatting with the beautiful Danielle Rose, trying to come up with a topic for this week’s post. She suggested I talk about my routine a little more, even going as far as telling you about my usual day. In other words, blame her for this.
Honestly, today (Tuesday, March 17, 2015) was really hard writing-wise, so I suppose it’s as good a day as any to use. My daily routine always starts with the hour and a half+ long process of getting out of bed and into a presentable state. I won’t bore you with the details. Anyway, I’m usually up and active by 1:30 or so.
At this point, I usually putz around on Facebook and check my personal email and all that fun stuff, or I work on a crossword puzzle. Today I did all of the above. I also started playing that stupid trivia game that’s so popular right now. Trivia Crack? Whatever. It’s basically multiple choice Trivial Pursuit. So, that also took up some time before breakfast.
Again, I eat food instead of modeling it. Breakfast is usually about an hour, and it’s TV time #1 of my day. Afterwards (around 3:00, 3:30), it’s supposed to be time to work. Some days go better than others. Today was not one of those days.
I stared at the page for a few minutes, then said screw it, and gave myself until 4:30 to work on the crossword (that was less than half an hour). Then I stared at WordPress for a while. Sometimes, if I write the blog post first, it gets me in my writing rhythm. That didn’t work. So, I read through the last chapter I had written, all the way to the point where I had stopped. Again, this is a technique to get the writing juices flowing.
It kind of worked. I got down a couple of hundred words, then remembered that I hadn’t posted on my social media author profiles. I gave myself ten minutes to find something and get it shared, then back to writing. I got another hundred words down, then took another five minutes break.
Normally, I’m done with my words around 6:00. Today, dinner rolled around (7:30ish) and I still wasn’t done. I took the hour break and instead of hanging around for the usual couple of hours of TV, I went back to work.
That was when I hit my stride. Granted, I ended the day with only 905 words on the novel (it’s over my 900 words goal, so it counts) around 9:30, but I did it. Then, I came here to write this post (another ~500 words)!
The point is, it took me for-freakin’-ever, but I didn’t give up. I set my goals and I met them. You can do it too! Even with unplanned for distractions last week (babysitting), I managed to meet my goals. It helps to have people who support you and help you out. It also helps that I have nothing else to do. However, look at all the breaks I took! Maybe writing can be done when you’re avoiding your responsibilities (we all do it, it’s okay). Take a break, write some words, have fun!