This past year has been a productive one for me. I’ve produced three completed first draft novels for grown-ups (sorry, I can’t say “adult novel” without thinking 50 Shades of Completely Inappropriate) and three first drafts of children’s books. Working at home does present challenges, and I wanted to share my formula for success.
I am currently working on a couple of short stories, one with a deadline that looms closer every day. I work well under pressure. Here’s how the magic happens.
7am – Send the Padawan off to school
8am – Take Girl-child and Squish to their respective schools.
8:30 – Drop by Chic-fil-a for a biscuit and some wi-fi.
10:30 - Two large sodas and 47 emails later, it’s time to go
to the bathroom home.
10:45 – Sit down at writing station, swearing loudly and on Twitter that I will not get up again until I have written 1000 words.
11:30 - Count stinkbugs on the windowsill. Forty-seven. Oh, did I mention I checked ALL the windowsills? For inspiration.
12:00 – Time for lunch. Word count > my age. Barely. Count it as a win.
12:30 – Let’s hammer out some words!
12:31 – Discover amazing Youtube video of cat that can say “NO!” Oh, my gosh! It’s a cat! And it can say “NO!”
1:45: Time to get some words written! Look at my own cat fast asleep on my Harry Potter blanket (don’t hate!). So cute! Have to blow some raspberries on her fuzzy little tummy.
5:15 – The doctor says the stitches can come out in two weeks and shouldn’t leave a scar. Time to pick up kids.
6:00- It’s dinner time. These ungrateful kids! I just fed them LAST night. Why do they need to eat every day? I could be writing right now. I should have stuck to snakes. Mammals are high maintenance. I wanted to get 3000 words in, and I’ve only written 100. I will never do this!
6:30 - Back at my writing station. It’s happening now!
6:35 – I’m stuck on a plot point. Distract myself by playing a game. How many Game of Thrones characters start with the letter “B?”
7:00- Give up and read a couple of chapters in Game of Thrones. Wow. The answer to my question seems to be “all of them.”
8:00- Husband wants what he wants every night. Downton Abbey. Fine. Whatever.
9:30 – My eyes are getting heavy, but I’m going to do this. I am. I’m a writer, by gum! A writer! And a writer writes!
9:45 – Bored. Resort to feeding cat stinkbugs.
10:00- Write a blog post on how to work from home.