Monday, 11 February 2019

My Typical Work Day As An Author

I get up at 07:30 every week day. Sometimes when it’s hard to fall back asleep after having a bad dream, I will get out of bed (usually) between 04:00 and 05:00.

Nightmare on Elm Street

When I get up at my normal time of 07:30, I will go down to get breakfast straight away. On my early rise days, I’ll play SIMS until every one starts to wake up.

At 08:00, after every one has left to go to work and school, and it is just me and Alvin, I’ll play SIMS for an hour, to wake up completely (this is what I tell myself).

When the clock strikes 09:00, I’ll start to tidy the house, make the beds, start a load of washing, do the breakfast dishes and all those other things that need doing to maintain the semblance of being an adult.

It is usually 11:00 when I will sit down in front of my computer for the first time.

I’ll check my email and Facebook. I used to get stuck on Facebook, but now that I have unfriended every one on my personal profile, there is nothing to distract me. I don’t have to get sucked into the latest, crazy indie writer dramas anymore.

If we were friends on Facebook, and you’ve noticed we aren’t friends anymore, please know it isn’t personal. It was to help me keep my sanity and actually do the thing (writing) that I love to do.

Now, I spend at the most 30 minutes online to check my notifications and to reply to messages.

Then, I open my manuscript to start writing.

Once Upon a Time

I write my stories using LibreOffice Writer. Sometimes (depending on my WiFi signal – I think), it takes a bit of time to load, which is frustrating, but once it’s loaded it does everything I need it to do.

At 13:00, I am supposed to stop for lunch but depending on how well my story is coming along, I will forget or say, “Just 10 more minutes.” On the days when the story is not flowing well, I’ll stop at 13:00 and have lunch. More often than not, I’ll sit on the couch with Alvin, watching a documentary on Netflix while having my lunch. I cannot invest my time in watching a full movie – I limit myself to watching something that’s 30-45 minutes long.

At 15:00 I have to pull myself away from my computer to go for my daily walk and to meet my daughter. Sometimes, I end my work day here or, if it is a good writing day, I’ll continue writing after I get back until 19:00.

At 19:00, I step away completely and shut down my computer.

The End Of The Day

Before, my whole day was devoted to creating images and posting, and learning when is a good time to post, and a whole host of truly unimportant stuff. The only important thing should be writing my story, which I have learned to do this year.

I used to carry on writing after dinner, and I used to work Monday to Monday. I don’t do this anymore – it’s not healthy! I work Monday to Friday. On Saturday & Sunday, my computer stays off. I do however check in on Instagram & Facebook, now and again, on my tablet.

Some people think writing a story is this mystical, magical thing that possesses a writer’s body but there is no secret to writing a story.  If you have an idea for a story, all you need is the time to sit down and write one word at a time. It does not have to be perfect the first time you write it.  Just let your mind go blank, and it will be as if you are doing automatic writing, and the story will just flow from you. Do this every day, and before you know it you’ll have a story you can share with the world.

Well, that's my typical work day.

Next time, I look forward to tell you about my publishing process.