I always like reading about other writers’ MOs, so I thought I’d post my usual writing schedule here and let you see what I do every day. Of course, every writer is different, but I’ve found that the biggest similarity between all the writers I know, is that they write every, single day, and that’s something I try to do. Ever since November began, I’ve kept my goal of writing at the very least one hundred words a day. And every day I’ve written wayyyyy more than that. One of the reasons, I believe, is that I’m so caught up in the story. When I used to write just because it was the ‘cool thing to do’, I’d often go for days without writing, because my heart wasn’t in it. But now I write upwards of two thousand words. Anyway, here’s my schedule.
- 6:15 a.m. – Wake up and get straight to my schoolwork.
- 10:00 a.m. – I generally finish my schoolwork around this time, and then I scribble down a chapter summary for what I want to write that day, and get to it. I write for about an hour while I listen to music (I find I write a lot better/faster when I listen to music. The current soundtrack I’m obsessed with is the one for Catching Fire. It’s brilliant and it fits the mood of my trilogy perfectly).
- 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Read a book, listen to more music on my iPod to unwind, sing in my room, and do other relaxing activities for half an hour or so until I have to prepare lunch. It really helps my subconscious when I do stuff like that (I’ve also found washing dishes to be an excellent help – I literally think of all my best ideas when I do that). I eat lunch and then read some more until naptime.
- 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. – My afternoon computer time. I check up on my emails, blog here, or over at my main blog. I also go on Pinterest, read articles about writing, catch up on the Go Teen Writers’ facebook group, and maybe even do a bit more writing. And, of course, listen to music.
- 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. – This time is usually spent writing and/or blogging. I’m going to be editing a book series for a friend of mine next year, so I’ll be using this hour for that purpose later on.
After I have my last hour on the computer, I stay up really late reading/listening to music, go to bed at about eleven at night, wake up really early…wash, rinse, and repeat. It’s kind of a vicious cycle. So, what does your writing day look like?