Writing Time

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
Thomas Mann

I know this is different for different people but I always find that I write better stuff and I am much more productive in a morning. I suppose you could call me a ‘Morning person’ anyway but I have developed a routine which leaves me with free time to do ‘normal’ things, like reading, socialising and chores.

As I no longer work I am more in control of planning my day, which makes writing time easier to allocate. I normally wake around 7.30 and the first thing is to get a coffee. Whilst drinking this I fire up my laptop and check emails and social media. Three of four mornings a week I spend thirty minutes or so on my exercise bike and then it’s into the shower and dress and my day begins proper. I then enjoy a couple of hours of planning, thinking of ideas and writing. Sometimes I edit whatever I wrote the day before too. I have made a vow, to myself, that I’ll write something every day and, so far, I’ve managed that.

After lunch I probably read for an hour or so. I might write some more if I don’t have anything pressing to do. I no longer write during the evening, I spend time with my wife, have dinner or we go out. I always have Google Keep on my phone so if I get some inspiration I can jot it down, as none of know when that’s going to happen.

Over the past few weeks I have found that my brain is expecting me to write at this time and, for me, it really works. Writing has begun to be a habit; a good habit. I no longer feel that I have to grab a few minutes here and there as I did when working. So there are some advantages to getting old.

“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”
John Steinbeck

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