My Writing Day – by Barry Hutchison
Not all writing days are the same, but the one below is fairly standard. Sometimes I achieve a lot more than this. Other days, much as I hate to admit it, I achieve less.
5:30 am: Awoken by the sound of my 2-year-old daughter shouting. Look at bedside clock. Pretend to be asleep so my partner gets up. It’s my turn, though, and she’s having none of it. Weep openly as I get out of bed.
5:31 am: Find 2-year-old daughter bouncing on her bed. Next four hours pass in a blur of breakfasts, nappies, Dora the Explorer, and bringing my 9-year-old to school.
9:30 am: Have a nice cup of tea and a sit down.
10:00 am: Start work, determined to achieve a high word count so as not to miss looming deadline.
10:03 am: Check Twitter. Tut quietly that Justin Bieber is trending again. Wonder who these Jonas people are.
11:45 am: Realise I’ve done nothing productive for almost two hours. Open latest book in Word. Read over the last few pages from yesterday to get myself back up to speed.
11:50 am: Check Facebook. Leave a comment on a funny picture of someone’s cat.
12:30 pm: Realise I’ve done nothing productive for almost two hours. Again. Check through my story notes, ready to continue writing current book.
12:35 pm: Lunch.
1:30 pm: Give myself a telling off for achieving nothing thus far. Head back to work with renewed determination.
1:35 pm: Check email.
2:00 pm: Finish replying to emails. Write blog post about procrastination.
2:15 pm: Realise there is one hour left until my son finishes school. Write madly for the next 45 minutes, completely ignoring plot notes.
3:00 pm: Speed off in car to collect son from school. Spend the next five hours doing family stuff.
8:00 pm: Sneak away to squeeze in a few extra hours of writing.
11:00 pm: Switch computer off and call it a day.
Make sure you've read my review of Invisible Fiends: Doc Mortis, the latest book by Barry.