Sunday, October 7, 2007

The Writing Treadmill

I think I have a writing routine happening. It goes something like this:

1230 Wake up. Have shower.

1315 have breakfast with my parents, who are having lunch.

1340 turn on computer. Write, with breaks when I lose concentration or when I am interrupted by phone calls etc. Drink my two daily cups of coffee. Sometimes walk around but spend majority of time as slob. Oh, and it's important the internet computer gets turned off, or I'm on there all day instead of writing.

1700 eat again.

around 1900 go out to evening activity - poetry, or plays usually.

around 2200 or a bit later. Get back. Turn on computer. Start writing again.

0200 Snack.

0400 Snack and hot drink to warm up.

0530 or so. Too sleepy to continue, so go upstairs (bumping into things I'm so tired), brush teeth, put on flannel pyjamas/cardigan/scarf/beanie/eyeshades over what I've been wearing during the day, set alarm to go off 7 hours later, crawl under sheets in unheated bedroom (I'm saving carbon credits) and pass out.

You're probably thinking I sound like a grot, and it's true. But then no one ever said it was all glamorous being a writer. If you could see me now (wearing glasses, messy pigtails, and an old trasksuit) your low opinion would be further confirmed. *Sigh*.

1 comment:

j a s o n said...

Why do you need an alarm? Surely good natural sleep leads to dreamy creativity.

Sounds like the perfect job. Where do I sign up?