Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Staycation writing schedule

We are now three days into our three-week staycation: all the family time of a vacation without actually going anywhere. I'm actually excited about it, but I was making great progress with my WIP last week, and I've been worried that I'll lose my momentum.

So I decided to implement a staycation writing schedule. This involves getting up at 5:30 am, drinking excessive amounts of coffee, and writing as much as I can until the kids wake up.

Sounds like a brilliant idea, right? This is how my mornings have been going so far...

Alarm: beep-beep  beep-beep  beep-beep

Me: *reaches out to find watch that functions as my alarm*

Alarm: beep-beep  beep-beep  beep-beep

Beloved Husband: *shoves head under pillow*

Me: *knocks watch off of nightstand*

Alarm: beep-beep  beep-beep  beep-beep

Me: *curses and fishes around next to bed for the watch*

BH: *from under pillow* Turn it OFF!

Alarm: *silent*

Me: *still searching for the watch* *grateful it stops beeping after one minute*

BH: *mumbles something unintelligible*

Me: I'll just lie here for another minute or two.

Snuggle Monkey: Wake up, Mama!

Me: *notices daylight* *looks at clock* *groans*

Okay, so the idea was good, but the execution needs a bit of work.

How do you find time to write?


  1. Well, it's not in the mornings. That's for sure. Mine is after kids go to bed. And since I'm not working right now, I'll "write" (among other things) from 10P-2P. But I'm starting to feel the effects. I'm starting to feel like a walking zombie. You know, the feeling of caring for a newborn. Also, I dabble all through the day. For now, anyway.

  2. I've had to put writing on hold for a while. But I do it at night; when the house is quiet and nobody will sneak up behind me and ask for things or make comments to distract me. Sunday's are my best writing days. I have all morning to rev up to it - and usually sit up way too late.

    I miss writing on a regular basis. It'll happen again - soon.

    I like your scenario here. Sounds like me. Morning people boggle my mind. Just the thought of 5a on a clock scares me back under the covers. Now that truly would take years of training to work into a regular routine.

    But hey, its the thought that counts, right. You'll find your perfect time.


  3. Christie and Donna: I get the sense that night is the optimal time for lots of writers, but my brain shuts down around 4 pm. By the time the kids are in bed, I can't do anything that requires real thinking.

    My optimal writing time is from about 9 am to 1 (or 2) pm, but those times are, at the moment, occupied by other things. Maybe I should just give myself a real vacation and pick up the MS when school starts up. :)