A Day In The Life Of A Novelist

7.00am- 8.30am – Wake, read news, read Facebook, tweets and usual websites.

8.30-9.30 – Make coffee. Stalk more websites. Write a blog post. Stalk more websites. Click on link that take you to other sites, read more useless crap, remember it for another time but forget to pay cable bill.

Notice it’s 10.30am. What the? I lost an hour? On what? Review web history and frown.

10.45am – Make coffee. Turn off Tweetdeck and Facebook so you can’t see those pesky little brackets. (The ones with numbers in them on your browser, telling you how many people have notified/noticed your/their status.)

11.00am – Reread the pages from day before and delete them ‘cos they’re shitful. Start writing. Press Command Z and reinstate pages from yesterday. They maybe shit but they’re better than what I’m writing right now.

11.30 – 1.30pm – Write as thought the Sword of Damocles is hanging over you. Put head on table, drink a Diet Coke and eat some cheese. Keep writing a few more hundred words.

2.00pm- 3.30pm – Check email hoping for something exciting to break up your day from agent, editors, friends. (In that order.) Sleep.

3.30pm – 7.30pm – Fullfill needs of children, dinner, household duties. *insert resentment*

7.30pm- 9.30pm – Write while yelling at TV and checking those pesky little number filled brackets on Facebook.

10.00pm till 7am – Sleep, dreams about books ideas that seem amazing. Wake to find they’re shit.

Start again.




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