This is my 51st post on the Inspy Romance blog! It’s hard to fathom that I’ve written so many. That being said, I don’t remember everything I’ve ever written, so if this is a repeated topic, I hope you will indulge this forgetful writer.
Writing isn’t my only job. I also work at a high school, and I love it! Recently, I had the privilege of filling in for a guest speaker who had to cancel. I heard from the teacher in charge that the guest speaker scheduled for later in the week might not make it, so I thought to myself, “I could fill in.” The day the speaker was to be there, I arrived to work a little earlier than normal and asked about the speaker. When I learned she indeed had cancelled, I offered to fill in. I’ve worked with these students all school year and grew up singing on stage, so I didn’t suffer any anxiety about this. I asked my boss what he wanted me to talk about–he made a list, and I went for it. I had also come prepared with a box of my books to pass around to the class so they could see what I do when I’m not with them. It was fun watching them thumb though my books. :) In the upperclassman class a couple of the girls asked to borrow some books. That blessed me big time.
I have never in my life had so much fun as I did that day. Telling the students that see me day in and day out about what I do when I’m not with them, and about how I got to where I am today was such a treat. The only downfall of speaking for three hours to four different classes was that by the end of the first class I was already losing my voice–I don’t talk much. Even in my job at the school, I don’t need to speak a lot.
So what does my story have to do with the day in a life of a writer? It’s an example of how no day is exactly the same. This writer, as most do, wears several hats. I’m an AVID tutor part time and also a writer, wife, and mom. I love each aspect of my life–most of the time. :) I’m sure we have all had days where we wonder what we are doing and why.
That being said, I suspect my typical day looks similar to yours, although I probably wake up earlier than many of you. :) I begin my day at 5:20–I’m a morning person. If I don’t work at the high school that day I usually have met my word count by 10:00 in the morning. On the days I work at the school I usually meet my goal by 2:00. As much as I love my job, reaching that word count earlier in the day gives me great joy!
After my word count is met I might work on a blog post, or take an online workshop. Once I’ve met my goal for the day I workout. My biggest goals this year are to find balance in my life and to focus on taking care of myself (last year I allowed writing consume me and suffered the consequences.) I don’t enjoy working out at a gym so I have a stationary bike I like to ride. I also have numerous DVD workouts at my finger tips as well as online workouts I have access to. So far I’ve been pretty consistently riding my bike and only occasionally change it up–I know I need to change it up, but I like watching home improvement shows while I workout and the bike lets me do that.:)
Once my workout is over, I generally do any household chores that I haven’t already fit into little breaks through out my day. By 3:30 I’m done with everything and ready for my honey to come home. Then it’s family time.
I take weekends off and spend my time reading, taking long walks, and running errands. I’ve also gotten into the habit of reading before bed. I wear a Fitbit and it told me I’d taken a nap while I was reading–I didn’t. LOL I remembered exactly what I read. But I discovered through this that, reading is extremely relaxing for me.
There you have it, a day in the life of a writer–not glamorous, but I love it. What relaxes you? Feel free to ask questions too.