MY PERFECT WRITING DAY IS:
Get up around 9am – go to gym (I come up with a lot of good ideas whilst running)
10.30– 12 – correct and rewrite and reformat previous manuscripts (I’m better at simple, slightly easier tasks in the morning)
12 – 1 Nice healthy lunch
1-2 Do some reading and research
2-5 WRITE! I find this is my optimum creative time – I’m energetic, yet able to concentrate, and this is when my imagination is strongest.
5 onwards – tea, news, telly, sleep in the knowledge I did a good bit of work today.
WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS ON MY WRITING DAY
9 Wake up. Look at clock. Groan. Fall asleep again.
10.30 Wake up again. Look at cloak. Groan. Get up and drag myself to the gym
12-1 Finish gym – rush to shop. Wander round shop for twenty minutes looking for toilet paper – why do they move these things? Queue for 20 minutes. Finally get home.
1-2 Lunch. Already tired.
2 – 3.30 Start reading to get my mind calmed down, and in a state ready for writing. Suddenly remember I have to get my book back to the library. Dash out.
3.30 – 3.50 Writing! Distracted by state of kitchen. Then state of living room. Then giant wasp invading my room.
3.50 – 4.30 Clean kitchen. Clean living room. Herd giant wasp out of room.
4.30 – 5.30 Try to write. Try computer, pen, fountain pen. Have to find paper. Have no inspiration. Try all inspiration tricks. Finally scribble down anything in desperation.
5.30 – 6.00 Realise what I have done is rubbish. Give up in despair.
6.00 – 6.15. Give up. Watch news.
6.15 Get suddenly struck with brilliant idea. Start scribbling story on any scrap of paper I can find.
7.02 Realise I am starving, and must eat now. Continue writing.
7.30. Finally finished. Covered in ink. Hand sore. Starving. But happy finally achieved something.
7.31 – till bedtime. Eat, read television, exhausted and saying I will plan better next time.