Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Day In the Life of a Writer on Their Day Off


8am: wake up and be angry that your body is so accustomed to getting up at 8 that you can't sleep longer
8am-9am: read guilty pleasure novel you've read 50 times, skipping scenes you don't care for
9am: get up and make breakfast (aka pour cereal and milk in bowl, search frantically for spoon in dishwasher)
9:10am-9:40am: eat breakfast so slowly that cereal goes soggy all the while reading either guilty pleasure novel #1 or a different one. Too early to do serious reading
9:40am-10am: clear dishes, mop up milk that spilled from spoon while attempting to get utensil from bowl to mouth while reading the climax of the book
10am-11:30am: turn on laptop and proceed to spend way too much time reading other writer's blogs, looking on amazon for new guilty pleasure books, and trying to keep up with publishing news
11:30am-2pm: turn on television with mindless movie, mute or put on low volume, then edit novel while regretting not showering after breakfast since you now smell like warm milk
2pm-3pm: Research various components of the novel that popped into your overstimulated head while butchering the word count  editing
3pm-3:30pm: take short break to eat lunch because you were getting lightheaded from hunger. Switch movies
3:30pm-4:30pm: Either edit some more or read serious novel. My pick of the week is Sense and Sensibility
4:30pm-5pm: If you were editing, switch to reading, and vice versa
5pm-5:20pm: finally take that shower all the while thinking of the mistake you made in your world building at one o'clock. Now you smell like plums instead of milk. Thank goodness
5:20pm-7pm: eat dinner, watch mindless sitcom, chat with family about novel while they look at you with glazed eyes
7pm-9pm: spend time flipping through new projects that you've put on a back burner to polish your current manuscript
9pm-9:30pm: research a few more literary agencies to query and add to your ever growing list
9:30pm-12am: read whichever book you please, preferably with milk and chocolate nearby since you were such a good girl and worked hard today

8am: wake up, regret reading till 1 accidentally. Remember that you have to work. Decide to read just a little bit more before you absolutely have to leave.

Have a great evening, everyone!

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