Writer: A Day in the Life
ART BY ANNE EMOND
6:30 am – Alarm blares. Damn it! Right arm pushes pillow tighter over head while left arm pushes clock off dresser trying to find snooze button.
6:45 am – Shower. Uneventful. Pray for endurance. Again.
6:56 am – Coffee started
7:00 am – First sips. A flicker of inspiration. Didn’t I dream something amazing last night? What was it again?
7:00 – 8:30 am – Daily chaos. Get kids ready for school. Get dressed. Pack lunch boxes. Feed the dog. Kiss the hubby. Review the “to do” list today. Yep. Impossible. Great. Let’s get started.
8:31 am -Forgot work project. Go get it. Refill coffee mug in hand. Oh yeah. Unplug coffee pot so house won’t burn to the ground.
8:45 am – Kids at school. Go ahead and push the pedal to the medal now.
9:00 am – Arrive at day job. Tune out for a few hours while some really great stories invade your brain, making productive work more challenging.
11:37 am – Scratch out a few words on a post-it to remind you later of your amazing best seller book idea: Crumpled, Yesterday’s Scissors, The art of knowing……
12:00 – Head to a drive through since you left lunch on the counter at home. More for the dog today.
12:31 pm – You’re late! Time sensitive jobs really bite!
12:35 pm – Go to break room. Grab last remaining grounds and cold water of stale coffee.
1:00 pm – 2:37pm – Vacillate between inspiration and dire need to take a nap.
2:37 pm – 5:00 pm – Feign productivity.
5:01 pm – Scram!
5:01 – 9:30 pm – Errands, cook, eat with family, help with homework, do a few loads of laundry and dishes, pay some bills, clean up your lunch the dog barfed on the carpet, remind yourself to stay awake long enough to write later, give baths, and tuck the kids in–with someone else’s really good published book of course!
10:00 pm – Make another pot of coffee.
10:30 pm – Last person finally in bed and appears to be sleeping. Head over to laptop for some quality writing time.
10:31 pm – Handle significant news events on Facebook as efficiently as possible. Decide to ignore email until the weekend.
11:00 pm – Review earlier scrap of paper with illegible words. The art of knowing….The art of knowing what? What the hell you think as you ball it up.
Start writing: The…. (Wait for it. Wait for it. Inspiration. It’s coming. Hang on.)
11:55 pm – …..purpose of this story. No, no, no. That’s not right. Start all over. No good writing ever starts with the word “The”. Good writing shows what happens, it doesn’t start out explaining it.
12:00 am – Try to push down feelings of anxiety as you realize you really need to get to bed. You had an hour. You tried. You failed. You half-heartedly forgive yourself. It’s all part of the process you say.
12:05 am – Brush teeth. Go to bed. Say your prayers! Start drifting into dream land.
3:34 am – 5:54 am Gahhhhh!!! Wake up with a startle. Grab glasses. RUN to the computer. I remember, I remember! Yippee!! Will your fingers to please type at least half as fast as your brain is thinking. Pressure happens at the three thousand word count because now it’s 5:54 and you’re just getting started. Fight panic and tears as you have to put a lid on it. After all, you’ve got to get some sleep tonight.
6:00 am – Reluctantly flop back in bed. Pray for speed sleeping.
6:25 am – Deep REM finds you at last.
6:30 – Alarm blares. Rise and shine. Rinse and repeat.