Ideal Writing Day vs. Reality

February 15, 2017



Ideal Day: Wake up like the glorious writer/princess I am. Have doves dress me. Their feathers inspire an entire series, probably a future Bestseller.

Reality: Snooze.


7:00 – 7:30

Have a breakfast full of protein, and carbs that are actually good for me, to power an entire day of writing.

Snooze. Snooze. Snooze.


7:30 – 9:00

With hot coffee in hand, I begin refreshing my memory of yesterday’s writings. Think, “wow, I’m a genius, but there are some very small changes that will be super easy to implement to make me even more of a genius.” Write for 1.5 hours without getting distracted by Twitter or Instagram, because I have a laser-like focus.

Snooze until 8:00. Wait, I was supposed to be awake an hour ago? Why did I think I could do that when I stayed up all night watching YouTube videos? Decide to cook eggs while rereading yesterday’s writings. Repeat firstdraftsaresupposedtosuck firstdraftsaresupposedtosuck until I believe it. Accidentally spill coffee on keyboard.


9:00 – 9:30

Take a small break, but only to reference an award-winning non-fiction book pertinent to my current WIP. Find exactly what I need with little effort, as if magic.

Frantically search Google for the answer to my random “what if?” question that will never come up in my story. Find semi-appropriate article on Wikipedia.


9:30 – 11:00

Back to writing. 1000 words of beautiful prose appear on my manuscript. I have somehow found the answer to the age old question “how do I make a believable YA love story when the novel spans only a week and they just met?”

Wikipedia has taken over my life, I have somehow ended up on a page about Mouse Rat, a band from the show Parks and Rec. Think, “wow, I should really rewatch that, I wonder if I have time to start today (but only from Season 2, because Season 1 is the worst).” Look at clock. Realize I have wasted an hour of precious writing time in a Wikipedia spiral. Gaze longingly at TV, promising myself an episode if I write for the next half hour.

11:00 – 12:30

Take another break, this time to exercise my body as well as my mind. Run while listening to writing podcasts so I can stay up-to-date on the latest news from the publishing industry. Barely perspire because I am so fit.

Decide to order pizza because I’ve worked so hard. Sit in recliner, shoveling food into my mouth, as I begin marathoning Parks and Rec.


12:30 – 2:00

After I’ve showered from my extremely intense workout, I get right back to work – this time editing. Editing is clearly my favorite because I have no trouble giving up on funny scenes even if they don’t fit – I know what’s best for the story, and if it has to go, it has to go, no mourning from this girl.

Realize I haven’t been as productive as I hoped when I woke up late this morning. Decide to fix that by editing another draft before giving it to beta readers. Realize fatal flaw and that one character is useless. Cry because I love the character so much, all while slowly deleting them from every scene they’ve ever appeared in. Cry so hard that I need cheering up, in the form of Parks and Rec. Go back to recliner, and to pizza.


2:00 – 4:00

Engage in productive social media promotion. Write incredibly witty one-liner on Twitter, watch hundreds of likes flow in.

Still too distraught to speak, I type out my anguish in a rambling multi-tweet message. Only my friend responds. “I hate that,” they say, unsure of whether to like or not. Return to Parks and Rec, but grab laptop, determined to not let this story beat me. Make notes of possible improvements now that character has been removed.


4:00 – 5:00

Create a multi-course meal because I am also a professional chef. It is healthy, but somehow also delicious. This inspires a scene with food being an integral plot point, solving an issue while adding humor, drama, and intrigue.

Continue eating the now-cold pizza as fuel. Sadness has turned to rage, and I am blowing through edits like a madwoman.


5:00 – 11:00

Enjoy my time away from the screen, but always have my phone within reach to jot down story notes, ensuring nothing is ever forgotten. Attend a lavish party because I am fancy.

Rub at eyes because I have been staring at the computer for so long. Occasionally think, “wasn’t I supposed to be somewhere?” but forget because I have brainstormed a solution that I will likely scrap within the hour. Continue to write and edit, alternating because I get bored and antsy. Remember I was supposed to go over to my friend’s house, call apologizing, invite friend over for wine and Parks and Rec.



Asleep at a reasonable time to let my brain recover from a clearly grueling day of work.

Oh hey, I haven’t seen that one video buried deep within Vlogbrothers history, I should go watch that now!


What’s your ideal writing day? How close do you get to it? Comment down below and let me know!

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