Because I have the privilege of doing this for a living, it’s easier for me to be writing at the same time each day. That doesn’t mean that I spend 8 hours per day at the keyboard. There are so many other essential tasks involved that non-writers don’t seem to understand. There are dedicated blocks of time in the morning and afternoon, though, that are for nothing other than making word count.
That doesn’t mean that those blocks of time are entirely sacred, though. Things happen that throw my schedule off-kilter. It’s sometimes difficult to explain to people that being self-employed doesn’t mean I can leave work any time I want. There’s some flexibility, but I still have deadlines and responsibilities. Dropping everything to hang out means I need to make up that time later.
Nor does it mean that my writing time is free from distraction. I try to schedule my writing blocks when it’s the most quiet in my building. No barking dogs, crying babies, or neighbors stomping out and down the stairs or chatting in the hallway. Someday I’ll have the ability to disappear into a room where no one can interrupt me, one with a door that closes, soundproofing, and no wifi signal. Until then, the time I write is designed to work around other peoples’ needs and habits.
Writing at the Same Time Each Day
Okay reader, do you manage to write at the same time each day? You don’t have to be a participant in The Merry Writer game to play along here!
The Merry Writer is a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter.