"What do you do all day?"
A few years back, I quit my day job to become a "working writer." That means (to me, anyway) that I'm trying to make a living by writing. Some people, however, harbor certain misconceptions about my routine.
"What's your schedule? Do you just write an hour in the morning?"
No, no, no, I don't just sit in my frilly blouse overlooking the scenery and write deathless prose for just one hour in the morning. For most of my waking hours and some of my sleeping hours, I'm writing, thinking about writing, or doing work related to writing. It's my job! It's a job I love, but it's full-time work.
So, what's a typical day? There are three main types.
On these days, I often start on projects that are due in a few months. This is also time to catch up on the less pressured (but equally necessary) aspects of the writing business.
I'm still experimenting with the best order of action for these days: Start writing while still half-asleep? Do 15 minutes on social media before writing? How many breaks for exercise? Short breaks or long ones? But I never lack for things to do. Here's my list:
Typical? I guess my typical writing day is working all day at some aspect of writing. Although occasionally I meet another writer for a "work date" somewhere with good internet service, usually I work at home. It's lucky that I have a dog that needs walking, and a post office box that needs checking, because otherwise I might not feel a strong need to get dressed.
Which, may I add, is one of the perks of being a writer.
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