It’s been a few weeks now since I started back working a ‘day job’ as well as trying to continue writing and marketing my books. Things have had to change! I thought I’d write a little today about what my day looks like, in the vague hope that maybe it will help or inspire others.
First off, I’m a morning person and not a night owl. I have to say this up front because it influences just how I do things. When I was younger (in my twenties) I used to be a night owl. But not anymore. I don’t know what happened or when it happened, but I’ve changed. I am definitely at my most creative when I first get up in the mornings.
But the problem is, I leave for my job at 7am! The challenge has been how do I get in my writing before I leave for work? Every day I now get up at 5am and set immediately to writing. Last thing the previous night I set the coffee ready to come on at 4:45am and I prepare my lunch for my day at work. As I stumble out of bed at 5am at least I know there is hot coffee waiting for me. I rub my eyes until they are roughly in focus, pour my coffee and go sit at my PC. Then I pull up my word processor and open my manuscript. My target is at least 1700 words in 75 minutes. That’s what it's all about. I need to write at an average speed of 22 to 24 words a minute to finish. Then as soon as I’m done it’s time to get showered, have breakfast, and head off for work. In between mouthfuls of breakfast I try to catch up on the overnight emails, set my Facebook status and generally perform ‘maintenance.’
My day at work affords me no real opportunities to spend further time on my book marketing activities, except for the occasional Twitter reply or conversation. So I have to wait until I get home again to continue my efforts. Evenings usually have their own challenges, but I try and get a blog post written or perform some marketing activity. I also try and catch up with emails and general correspondence. Finally I make sure my novel plot points are up to date and make any minor changes I need. The important point here is that I don’t want to have to prepare anything the following morning. I just want to be able to get up and write.
Writing is now a seven day a week activity. Thankfully, I’ll soon be done with my novel and I’ll be able to turn my attention to editing another novel that’s been ‘cooking’ for a while. Life is non-stop for an Indie author. Oh well, back to work. But it’s not such a bad life; 12,000 words a week towards a novel is pretty good for someone who also works a 50 hour a week job!
What's your writing routine?