During my promo for my latest prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature. one of my wonderful hosts posted this article I wrote about how I break up my day with a timeline. In case you missed it, here’s a revisit:
I thought this was a good time to share how my writing day has changed my teaching day. Some of you read my post about the busy-ness that was my teaching when I went to a school rather than taught remotely. Truly, I don’t know how I did it! Now, my days are more likely to be structured around my writing. Here’s how that works:
Much of my day is spent writing, either freelance articles, client reviews, guest posts, or working on one of my many fiction and nonfiction WIP. Any leftover time goes to marketing what I’ve written–trying to get the word out to as many people as possible. That includes outreach, responding to inquiries, interactions with fellow writers, and exploring new marketing channels.
Since I work out of my house, I like to break my day into three parts:
I consign tasks to each portion of the day, stopping for lunch and dinner and a few breaks to pet the dog. Because I’m not writing to a deadline (as is required by agents or publishers), I don’t count words like some writing efriends. I count what I get done.
Here’s a rough list of tasks that I sprinkle throughout my writing week:
- review for edtech websites I work with
- updates on existing edtech manuscripts, books
- a monthly article for #IWSG–the Insecure Writer’s Support Group
- ongoing work on the next Man vs. Nature book
- research for a future book
- write about eight posts a week on my three blogs, WordDreams, Ask a Tech Teacher, and USNA or Bust
- reviews of books I get from NetGalley and much less often Amazon Vine
Here’s what a typical day breaks out as:
5 am–wake up
5:30–read for fun, caffeinate myself, catch up on news with husband
6:30–answer emails and SM
9:00–take a walk; Miriam Hurdle (over at The Showers of Blessings) and I cheer each other on with an app she introduced me to called Strava
9:30–work on my next book
Noon–3:30–work on current ms, reviews for edtech websites or writing outlets
1 pm–coffee break–to perk me up!
3:30-5:00–reading for fun and research
Every 15-30 minutes, I take a break to walk around the house, check the yards, visit husband, or anything to get me out of my chair and moving.
If you’re curious about the daily schedules of other writers, here’s an article on the daily routines of twelve famous writers, one by a NYT best-selling author, and an interesting personal narrative by a cooperative writer.
#writingday #writingroutine #amwriting
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, In the Shadows of Giants, Winter 2022.