A Day in the Life

If you follow me on social media (my closed Facebook group and Instagram especially) you'll get little sneak peeks about what my day-to-day life is like. I've talked a little about my writing routine, or how I balance working full-time with writing, but I thought it might be interesting to share what a day in the life looks like.

Spoiler alert: my life isn't glamorous. I work really hard, and a lot. I don't have any magic solutions for how to fit more stuff into your day. Nor is this meant to be a brag--I want to give you an honest look at the life of a published but not really all that successful author, and if I can inspire you to follow your dreams too--even if it's hard and sucky sometimes--then I've done my job.

So, without further ado, a typical day in my life:

5 am - Wake up, shuffle downstairs and hit the Keurig until coffee comes out, and grab my laptop. This is my main writing time, and I'll spend the next almost 2 hours working on my current draft, or on edits, or on a final read through of a manuscript. I try to use this time as efficiently as possible--after all, I could be sleeping! This involves plotting out what I'm going to write before, you know, actually writing it. As the day goes, I'll make notes to myself in my phone about upcoming scenes. On a great day, I can get about 2,000 words during this early morning writing session. However, I'm happy with anything over 1,000. I track my daily word count, and hope to have about 7,000 words by Friday. I'll try to make up any shortfall on the weekend if I didn't hit my goals. (In the future, I think I'll write a separate post about how I write...)

6:45 am - Time to hop in the shower and get ready for work. Get dressed, do my hair and makeup, feed my dog, and if I'm running ahead, make a lunch. I'm out the door by 7:30 at the latest.

8 am - The day job starts. I work in a large public library system, and the main part of my job is to order materials for the library. I work at my desk, and usually listen to music and daydream about my current WIP as I do. I might use any downtime to check my personal email, update Facebook, or *ahem* write a blog post...

12 pm - Lunch. I'll usually try to sneak off to the lunch room so I can read during my lunch hour. If I stay at my desk, I'll just end up working.

1 pm - Back to work, either back at my desk, or I might have meetings.

4 pm - Home time! If I have errands to do (grocery store, post office, etc.) I'll stop on my way home from work to do them. They know me really well at the wine store.

4:45 pm - Time to walk the dog, check the mail, and get dinner going. My level of planning and organization when it comes to dinner varies from week to week, and depends on my husband's schedule, too. He's a police officer who works shift work, so if he's home, he'll cook (which is hugely helpful AND he's a better cook than me!).

6 pm - Dinner time (for pupper too!). My husband and I will usually watch the news while we eat and talk about our days. Or, if the news is too depressing, fail videos on YouTube.

6:30 pm - Downtime after dinner. I use the next hour (ish) for professional development type stuff. I'll read Writer's Digest or a book on creativity or entrepreneurship. It's important to me that I keep learning and growing. If I'm on a tight deadline, I might use this time for a second writing session of the day instead.

8 pm - My husband and I will watch an episode or two of whatever TV show we're currently bingeing. We just finished Mindhunter and The Good Place, and I got him hooked on Supernatural. (PS--any recs?) During the summer, we might watch baseball instead. If my husband's working, I might watch a movie on my own, or have a bubble bath.

9:30 pm - Time to get ready for bed. I like to read before bed, and I'll usually read whatever novel I'm currently into until I'm falling asleep. True story: I've hit myself in the face with my e-reader more than once.

10:15 pm (ish) - Lights out so I can get a decent night's sleep. 5 am comes fast!