I've met many people who genuinely don't understand what I do all day (it's not eating chocolates and watching soap operas, I promise!) People who aren't familiar with the writing process see the nice shiny book at the end and don't realize how much time and effort it takes transform an idea into that end product. Plus, there's all the hidden tasks that have nothing to do with writing!
So in this post, I'm going to give you a behind the scenes look into my typical work day!
I generally break my days into two chunks:
- The administrative chunk
- The writing chunk
As you can imagine, I prefer the time set aside for writing, but that doesn't come until the afternoons. Mornings are set aside for everything administrative.
This includes (but isn't limited to) responding to emails and social media messages, scheduling events/appearances/cons, creating and scheduling social media posts, writing blog/guest posts, planning & recording Author Tube videos, accounting, tracking inventory, preparing presentations for schools, etc.
Of course, I don't do ALL of this every morning. I'll try to spread out blog and Author Tube related tasks to different days. A great deal of my morning tasks depend on what I have going on. If I have an appearance or Con, the majority of my mornings are spent on inventory related tasks and preparing for panels.
After a quick lunch, my afternoons are spent on writing! (Or editing, depending on where I am in the process.) I write everything by hand, taking notes as I go, and then at the end of the day, I type up everything that I wrote that afternoon. This helps me stay on task so I'm ready to write more the next day, plus it prevents me from having a ginormous amount of typing to do all at once.
I teach Open Ballet classes at a local ballet academy, so depending on the day, my writing time gets cut short. On those days, I'll usually work later that night after I'm done teaching. I'll also write most weekends as well, which I love because I don't have any administrative crap to worry about. I save that for the weekdays!
Are you a writer? What does your work day look like? How do you manage your time and tasks? I'd love to hear in the comments below!