The moment I wake up. Before I put on my makeup, I write all the words for you…
(That’s not really true, and you’re welcome for the ear worm. LOL)
We’re doing a series here on Bad Girlz Write about our best and worst days as a writer. While I’ve had plenty of ups and downs in my career so far, I think an average Tuesday is my best day and my worst day all in the same day. Can you relate?
7:30 am – I walk in the door from taking my little boy to school and collapse at my kitchen table for some breakfast. There is not enough coffee in the world to make me write words at this hour. I’m pretty sure I’m going to die from the early time of day. OMG! I have to meet my word count, I can’t even think yet, and that’s so many words. I’m not going to make it. I am the worst failure that has ever failed. Worst day ever. *drinks another cup of coffee*
8:30 am – I finally convince myself to even walk downstairs and darken the door of my office. I might live to see a friendlier hour of the day, like 11 or 12, but I still have so much to write. How am I going to do this? Maybe I can’t do this. Maybe I should quit. Worst day ever.
8:31 am – (One minute later.) I look at my plotting board with all of the scenes mapped out and know I have to tell this story. I CAN do this. This is a great story! I love to write! I’m never going to quit. Best day ever!
8:56 am – That line I ended on yesterday is all wrong. I’m terrible. I should quit. Or maybe I’ll look at Facebook for a minute so I don’t have to face the harsh reality that I’m a bad writer. Worst day ever!
9:30 am – Holy crap! Why am I still looking at Facebook?! I have a book due! Worst day ever.
9:38 am – Maybe that line I wrote wasn’t that bad, and the whole paragraph before it was awesome. Look at me, actually writing words like a real writer! This book is going to be great! Now, let me finish this scene. Best day ever!
2:00 pm – I just wrote a whole bunch of words and they weren’t all bad!!! I made my daily word count and I told that story like crazy! I’m awesome. Best day ever!
4:30 pm – I just checked Twitter. Author X said that she typed “The end” on her 4th novel of the year. I wonder if I lived like a hermit in the mountains with no family and no distractions if I could write that many books. I mean, 4-5 books a year? I think I would have to run away from home to accomplish that. And I love my family. Even if I finish this book and it does well, it wasn’t my 4th this year. I can’t compete with that. Worst day ever.
9:00 pm – Today I wrote some great words. In addition to that, I helped with homework, cleaned up my house, cooked dinner, did laundry, and now I’m on the treadmill trying to be skinny. I did it!!!! I love my life! Tomorrow I’m not going to wallow in self-misery, or compare myself to other authors. I’m going to write more than I did today! I’ll even start my work day at 7:30 all bright eyed, and not waste half of my work day shopping online and looking at social media. I’ll write all the words and I’ll have the best day ever!
And on goes this vicious cycle of everyday writer life. 🙂
Stay positive! Keep writing! And have the Best Day Ever!
What’s your favorite part of the day? Do you write in the morning or at night? Are you happier after you’ve had time to write? Let’s chat!