My friend Meghan Ward did a great Day in the Life post last week, and I'm shamelessly using her idea. Below is a typical weekday for me on days when I go into the office (I work at home some days). But no matter what the day, I always keep the routine with my son, and I almost always write or edit after he goes to bed.
6:44 am Wake up unwillingly, stirred by noise from whippersnapper who feels that 6:30 is sleeping in. Drag self from bed, spurred by not wanting whippersnapper to take opportunity to poop in his diaper instead of potty. And he will, if give the chance. Wily wee stinker.
6:50 - 7:30 am Negotiate, plead, and struggle to get whippersnapper dressed. Comfort him if he has a meltdown over choosing his underwear (for no discernible reason other than that he's three). Somewhere in there, get myself showered and dressed. Think that it would be much easier if I got up at 6:00 to do this, and then quickly laugh at the idea.
8:00 - 8:30 am Preschool drop off/commute to work. While in car (after drop off), think of story and characters. Try to understand character arc and motivations of secondary characters, which will affect primary ones. Make note on notepad in car without looking at writing (resulting in unreadable scribbles) about important details I forgot to include.
8:45 - 9:00 am Make a solid go of starting work day, answering e-mail, tackling difficult projects, making huge dent in workload, etc.
9:01 am Peek at blogs.
9:16 am Peek at Twitter.
Repeat until 5 pm, with dashes of work in between. But actually accomplish things.
5:25 pm Get in car, turn up music, think of story and characters. Try to understand character arc and motivations of secondary characters, which will affect primary ones. Make note on notepad in car without looking at writing (resulting in unreadable scribbles) about important details I forgot to include.
5:45 pm - 8 pm Family time: dinner, play, bath, and bed (for whippersnapper).
8 pm - Open laptop, begin writing furiously.
8:01 pm - Open Tweetdeck like effing addict.
8:30 pm -10:30 pm - Plot destruction of nemesis. Perform last edit on blog post for next day. Tweet. Write. Compare story lines with chapter outline or other maps. Cut, prune, polish. Write more. Love characters, love writing new scenes. Delete heinously written lines that were obviously written by a baboon who has no concept of grammar. Despair because there are several of those. Write more.
10:30 pm - Go to bed, read for about 20 mins. Turn off light.
11:00 pm - Begin talking to husband.
Husband groans and says "What time is it? It must be 11, right?"
I say, "No."
He says, "You want to talk every night at 11."
I say, "No, I don't."
We cuddle up and go to sleep (but after talking briefly about nothing much in particular).
I'd love to hear your Day in the Lifes, in the comments or on your blogs.