I like to think that I’m a writer. But just what exactly does being a writer entail? What’s a typical day supposed to consist of? I guess for those lucky, successful writers, their day consists of, well, writing. That’s how they make their living. Then there’s the rest of us, who work hard to squeeze in time for our writing amidst all of our other daily demands. Some of us work full-time, demanding jobs. Some of us are in school, capturing every spare moment just to keep up with our assignments. Regardless of the situation, one thing I can say for certain: you can’t be a writer if you don’t write. You can talk about being a writer, but unless you carve out time to sit down and actually put words on the page, becoming one of those successful authors we all envy probably won’t be in your future.
So, just how can you fit writing into your day? I think it’s important to schedule the time and go out of your way to keep that appointment! I can attest first-hand that that’s not always an easy thing to do. But like the old saying goes, nothing worthwhile is easy. Isn’t that the understatement of the year! So, while I’m certainly not the best at following my own advice, the routine I developed over the course of completing my Master’s degree is one I’ve done a pretty good job of following even now. I spend a couple of hours each night shut away in my little “writing room,” where I try to write as many words as I can…or, at the very least, I try to write something. I also use the time on those mornings when I’ve got to go to work early to sit in the dark, coffee in hand, just thinking about the next scene in my manuscript, or how I can revise an existing scene to make it better. It’s quite nice actually. I also find myself lost in my manuscript when I head outside for a 4-mile walk. Just listening to my favorite music usually gets the creative juices flowing! When all attempts fail, I give myself permission to turn my focus elsewhere to try again later. But one thing is for sure: I always write something each and every day.
I guess there really isn’t a “typical” day in the life of a writer. We all approach our craft in different ways. What works for some won’t for others. I think what matters most is that we rise up and keep trying. Don’t quit! Don’t give up! By all means, write!
Happy Writing, Everyone!