Monday 16 March 2020

Breaking Down My Day :Writing


Back in the day, I would do photo day in my life posts for a private blog and community. I don't do it any more simply because Facebook and the like aren't really geared to those kind posts. I thought, therefore, that it'd be nice to break down my day when it comes to writing. Depending on what I think of, I might do more of these kinda post, breaking down how I go through the day and what I manage.

I can tell you're on the edge of your seat and/or wondering why I'd want to break down my day. So for those new to me, I'm Joey Paul, I'm an indie author with almost seventeen books published, and I'm pretty much a writer full time, though health constraints have put a cap on what I can do. So with that outta the way, let's move into the break down!

05:00 - 07:00
With the way my sleep pattern has been messed up, it's a toss-up as to whether I wake with my alarm or wake up before it. The reason I start here when it's linked to my writing is because if I wake up super early, I will write my chapter then, if I don't, I move my writing time.


This time is spent talking with a friend, going through social media, posting instagram, blog, and authortube content depending on the day. It's also when I'll pull up what I wrote last and go through it with the editing eyes on. I know that editing as you go is seen as a dangerous path to walk, but it's something that I can pretty happily do without it distracting me from my work.

I'm not someone who can keep writing when I know there are huge mistakes in the document. If I know I've had to take out this chapter or change this scene, then I will go back and fix it before I start writing for the day. It means I can focus on what's ahead of me, and not worry myself silly with the idea that I have huge problems awaiting me in the editing stage.

It usually takes me anywhere from an hour to three to finish a chapter, depending on the day of the week, what else I'm doing, and how easily the words are flowing onto the page. This used to be my peak writing time, but with the change in sleep schedule, I find I do better in the morning and then use this time to catch up on reading or doing other admin duties that I couldn't do before.

16:00 onwards
At this point, my writing day is usually over. I get achy and want to set up in bed with a good book, and if any writing does still need to be done, then I'll take it up there with me and set up on my tablet to finish off the chapter or whatnot. Overall, my day is usually done at this point.

So there we go, my writing day! I recently, at the start of the year, cut back to 20 chapters a month because of health issues. I wanted to be able to have more days off, and get more time to relax. I got that by cutting back and while I wonder from time to time about increasing it, since I've shown I can now do more than two chapters a day if need be, I know that I was very close to burn out and I don't want to put myself through that.

How does your writing day go? What does it look like? Lemme know in the comments below!

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