Today, I am very honoured to feature a guest post from the lovely Mazie Bishop, a talented writer and blogger.
The Write Life:
I’ve done a lot of posts where I have explained my writing process and experiences but I have never really written anything about the day in the life of a full-time writer. I am constantly being asked about how on earth I balance things out with the different projects, writing jobs and with my normal life and boyfriend. I only have one answer for that, and that is the PRIORITY LIST. You all may be wondering: “What is it, just a To Do List?” but it is so much more than that.
The write life starts the second I wake up; well, the first time I wake up.
6am: I wake up and no matter how hard I try, I can’t get back to sleep. So to prevent waking up the boyfriend I go out and I do one thing that I know will have to make it on to the priority list for the day. Just one thing, whether it’s a blog post, answering emails, writing 1000 words or finishing an order for my etsy store.
8am: Go back to bed for an hour, snuggle up with the man, so he doesn’t wake up alone. (No one likes waking up unexpectedly alone)
9am: Write the list. So what I do for the priority list is I think of everything that I need to do in that day (one day at a time) and I list them in different columns ranked from Crazy Important, Important, and Normal. I spend the rest of this hour eating and getting ready for the day.
10am: The cleaning hour! So that my (sometimes) messy apartment doesn’t distract me.
11am – 2pm: Writing Time. Noon is my personal prime time for creative writing so this is the chunk of time devoted to my personal projects.
3pm-5pm: Work Time. I am a content writer for a company and I write all kinds of articles about e-cigarettes so I spend that time, that I wouldn’t be doing anything else on those articles.
6pm: I usually schedule meetings or emails for this hour, because after dinner is a common time for people to be checking their emails.
7pm: Blog posts for the next week, organizing my orders for flower crowns, getting a couple word sprints in and or just reading or researching, basically is a miscellaneous hour.
8pm: Down time, relax, relapse, reflect. Do some yoga, some meditations, family time, boyfriend time!
And I’m usually in bed by 10 or 11pm just because it’s when I’m naturally ready for bed, but it’s good because it allows me to wake up early and to get ready for the next day. A night as a writer is not a boring one though. So many nights go sleepless and it mostly because the working gears in my head don’t like stopping.
A very important part of being productive is setting goals, and I set both daily and monthly goals for all of my projects. The common mistake that people make when setting goals is setting their stakes too high. If you set your goals at an unobtainable level, you won’t even bother trying to get there. The key is to set obtainable goals so that you can stay motivated!
About Mazie Bishop:
Mazie Bishop is a fiery 22 year-old writer and journalism student from Canada. A self published author, she also has several poems and short fiction pieces published in various anthologies and magazines. She is a big dreamer that hopes to be writing with the big guys some day and can not wait for her career to start! Currently she is in the process of writing her second novel and is in the outlining stages of a quarter-life memoir. You can read about her little crafty adventures and read her work or gander at her photos on www.theselittlepieces.com