How does writing fit into your daily life? What’s your ideal time to write, and why? Do you “write on schedule” or “when the spirit moves you”?
Even when I don't have a set schedule, writing is a near-daily part of my life. Whether it involves blogging, writing a column for Bibliobuffet, crafting a piece for Estella's Revenge, or just jotting a few lines down in my journal, writing keeps me enthused with life.
Lately, since I have a boatload of free time, I've started trying to keep something of a schedule. I used to be a night owl through and through, but lately I find that I'm much more a morning person. This could have something to do with the fact that I've been teaching early classes for a few semesters now. In addition, Daisy is on an early-rise schedule. Her crate is in my bedroom, and I usually put her to bed at 10 or 11 o'clock, and she generally starts scrabbling around in her crate and wakes me up sometime between 5:30 and 7:00. With this somewhat forced early rising, my schedule usually looks something like this:
- 6:00 - Wake up
- 6:10-6:45 - Breakfast and general waking up stuff
- 6:45-7:30 - Morning workout
- 7:30-8:00 - Shower and get ready for the day
- 8:00-9:00 - E-mail, blogs, general computer laziness
- 9:00-11:00 - Writing and work time.
- 11:00-whenever - A free-for-all! I chat with friends, have lunch dates, futz around, read, and generally do more work.
I try to work in an hour of solid writing time on the book every morning, and if I can get that done it's far more likely that I'll come back to it later in the day. Lately I'm also busy planning courses and creating material for the Fall online classes so I have to really play to my most productive times of day before I start feeling lazy. And now I'm prepping for the beginning of Library school. Wheee!
Thanks to Becca for another great Write on Wednesday!