I’m a creature of habit. People often consider me a free spirit, but that freedom exists within structure, and I’m rabid about my structure. I make spreadsheets to detail how I handle my day to day life, then go further, even breaking down something as mundane as taking a bath into distinct, efficient steps, designed to cover all my cleansing needs while leaving me the most available time to simply relax.
My writing time is just as structured. I don’t wait until the Muses demand, or, as Jo March would say, for “genius to burn.” I write every single day, even if what I write is pure drivel. I don’t always work on the novels. Sometimes, I write for pure pleasure, or to post on a personal blog. Sometimes, I write for others, though that is a rare thing, indeed … and only inspired by a select few. Currently, because I have to have a day job until such time as writing historical romance is lucrative enough to support me fully, I do most of my writing in the wee hours. I don’t necessarily think that would change, though, even if I found myself with free daytime hours.
I have always been more comfortable in the night.
My current schedule? Brace yourselves, and do try to keep up:
- Wake at 5:30am, work out for an hour, then shower and go to work.
- Work 8 hours, run whatever errands need running, eat something, then work out for another hour.
- Write until 10pm.
- Go for an evening walk/jog/run.
- Bathe at 11pm.
- Write from 12am until 2am.
- Meditate until I fall asleep.
That’s right. I typically manage about 3 to 3-1/2 hours of sleep a night, even on weekends. I find myself feeling draggy and lethargic if I get much more than that. I do toss in some extra yoga on Saturdays and Sundays, and write a bit more, but I still follow the same basic schedule. I just shift it a bit, so that my sleeping hours are from 6am to 10am.
Free spirit indeed. ≈laughing≈