Since I work out of my house, I like to break my day into three parts:
I consign writing jobs to each portion of the day, stopping for lunch and dinner. Often, those three portions will be 1) freelance writing, 2) WIP, and 3) research.
Every once in a while, I like to look at what I accomplish on a daily basis with my writing. I don’t count words like some writing efriends. I count what I get done. My writing To Do list includes:
- a weekly article for an edtech ezine, TeachHUB
- a monthly article for my collaborative writing group, Today’s Author
- a monthly article for #IWSG–the Insecure Writer’s Support Group
- ongoing work toward the sequel to To Hunt a Sub, named Twenty-four Days, due out next summer
- ongoing work on the first book in a different series I’m working on about the life of earliest man. This book is called Lucy: Story of Man, due out the summer of 2018. Right now, my critique group is helping me with that, one submittal at a time
- 3-5 posts on my three blogs, WordDreams, Ask a Tech Teacher, and USNA or Bust
- reviews on books I get from NetGalley and Amazon Vine
- prepare for an upcoming online class, The Tech-infused Teacher, which starts Monday
That’s the goal. Here’s what I actually accomplished this week:
- edited and researched Lucy: Story of Man. That has grabbed my passion at the moment, as well as most of my daily morning and afternoon writing time. I’ve learned that when I can’t let go of a book, don’t. Everything else will wait.
- wrote 3-5 posts on each of my three blogs, WordDreams, Ask a Tech Teacher, and USNA or Bust
- spent time marketing my debut novel as well as my non-fiction edtech resources.
- thought about the upcoming AtoZ Challenge. Yeah, I know that’s not until April, but if I’m going to do it, I’ll need all 30 posts ready by then. So, this week, I trundled through what a good topic would be. Let’s call this ‘research’ for future writing.
- visited efriends on social media to support them, check in, and learn something new. I use this as breaks in my writing activities. It rejuvenates me to see what the rest of the world is doing.
- attended a webinar in my area of interest, in an effort to keep up to date. This week: Hack the Classroom by Microsoft.
- prepared for my online class
It doesn’t seem like that much when I list it out. Where DOES all my time go? What do you do with your day?
If you’re curious what other writers do all day, here’s Kate Harrison’s wonderful video on the Life of a Writer and Amy’s Day in the Life of a Writer.
More on writers:
What’s My Writing Space Look Like?
14 Things Writers Do Before 8am
8 Things Writers Can Do No One Else Can
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy and To Hunt a Sub, her debut fiction. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member forJournal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her nonfiction books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.
Most of my writing is done on Sunday afternoon. During the week I find I don’t have the mental energy to write evenings so on a Sunday I write all my posts for the week and do a bit on my novel.
But you have a hobby, woodworking. Writing used to be a hobby. Now it’s What I Do. I’d have to take up gardening or professional dog walking to fill my days otherwise.
My day gets sucked up by The Day Job, then my evenings are spent helping the High School Marching Band my daughter used to be in, or coaching baseball. I used to be able to write in the mornings before work, but that option has kind of evaporated for me.
I remember the hours I spent on HS orchestra. I stupidly agreed to be the treasurer. sigh.
Sadly, I don’t have a kid in the band this year as my son opted not to do it. But my wife is the color guard director and I am the second in command of the field crew so I’m there every day anyway…
Yikes! I always loved those committed people. They made the entire program work.
Jacqui, only you would look at your accomplishments and think they didn’t add up to much. I see a freight load of achievement, and I know you also read like a fiend, about 5 times as many books as I do. You also forgot to mention your writers’ critique group, to which you devote considerable time.
I’m on a temporary slow down for everything for a few months.
And you should take it easy, Shari. There’ll be time later to get back to the writing.