18 Authors Share A Day in the Life

Hi lovelies.

I’ve been getting a lot of recurring questions about schedule, pacing, productivity, etc, and I thought it might be time to do another DITL post, because I am always interested when other authors do them (and it’s further proof that there’s no right way to this whole author thing. So, now that I’m out of grad school, here’s how my day goes:

I do my best work in the mornings, when and if I can pull myself away from the internet. I have no problem turning it off, but I’m rubbish at KEEPING it off. But ideally, I get up around 7am, walk the dogs, make tea, do my check of email/twitter/tumblr/fbook, etc and then get to writing. In the afternoon, I usually switch to edits or admin work (emails, blogging, etc) because my straying focus makes writing harder. I go to the gym before dinner, waste a lot of time during dinner and after, and then sit back down to write for another hour or so before bed. I do most of my reading on the go, via audiobooks while walking the dogs/running errands/working out, and reading before I sleep. When deadlines allow, I try to give myself the weekend, or at least one day of it, to read and relax.

But I’m just one author, and an author with a notoriously bad habit of shucking my routines, lurking on the internet, and going for a wander whenever work gets hard, so with that in mind, I thought I’d ask some other authors about THEIR processes, to give you some perspective!

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From David Arnold, author of MOSQUITOLAND:

I literally have no routines. Sometimes I get my best work done late at night. Sometimes I get my best work done in the morning. I write at a desk now, which is cool. But that’s a recent development. Before the desk, I used: couches, counters, cars, bars, coffee shops, and the lobby of the YMCA (two hours of free child care!). I wrote my first book while taking care of our newborn son, so I had to write where I could, when I could. My son is three now, and has school, and like, a normal human life, which is way cool. So things are a little more normal than they once were. But I think having such a chaotic process early in my career really laid the groundwork for flexibility now.

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From Jackson Pearce, author of SISTERS RED, THE DOUBLECROSS, PIP BARTLETT’S GUIDE, and more: 

I am furious to admit that I am more productive if I wake up earlier than I’d like and write in the morning. I used to save writing for late at night, but the truth is, by the time I’ve gone through my day, I’m often so mentally worn out that nighttime writing doesn’t work. So: I wake up around 8am (trying to move this to 7am!). I take about an hour to eat and get dressed and mess around on the internet. I use Freedom to turn off Twitter, Facebook, and Buzzfeed from 9am-1pm, when I focus on writing. After that (assuming I’m not on deadline), I’m done for the day.
It’s worth mentioning that part of the reason I made this change is reading about how willpower is actually a finite resource; in studies, people who were asked to exhibit willpower by not eating a cookie after a work day failed more often than those who were asked to not eat the cookie before work. It’s the same reason why people suggest exercising first thing in the morning: Your willpower is strongest then, so you’re less likely to skip it than you are if you leave it for later. Writing is the same way; I’m less likely to make excuses and ignore it or do a half-assed job if I knock it out first thing.
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From Daniel Kraus, author of ROTTERS, SCOWLER, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF ZEBULON FINCH:
I write on weekends. That’s it. I’ve got a demanding full-time job so there’s no way around it. Every time I see David Levithan, we commiserate about this. Commiserate’s the wrong word. Neither of us mind it, really. You get five days to ramp up toward what you’re about to write, so when you finally get to do it, you are ready to fucking kill it.
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From C.J. Redwine, author of the DEFIANCE series and THE SHADOW QUEEN:
Since I run YABC from home and also have 5 children ranging in age from 3-17, I find that carving out pockets of time to leave the house really ups my productivity during the week. I try to go write at a local coffee shop 2 days a week, although now that my 3-year-old is in a 3 hour school program 4 days a week, I’ll have some alone time at home to use for writing. I also write late at night after the kids go to sleep. My brain does better in the morning, but I have to use whatever time I can get. This often means I survive on about 4 1/2 to 5 hours of sleep most nights. I write in cycles, though. I spend months just living with the story in my head and world building etc before actually writing, but then when I sit down, I really sprint through it. Example (and the reason I am currently desperate for a Netflix binge and some sleep), I just turned in the draft of my next book. Literally the email before this one. And I just wrote 50k in 3 weeks. Now I won’t write anything for weeks and so it goes. 🙂
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From Ashley Blake, author of SUFFER LOVE:
I have two small kids, so in the summer, I write at night or escape my house during the day to write elsewhere on the weekends. Now that school has started, I like to write in the morning. I get up, get the kids off, make coffee, and get to work. Okay, okay, first I waste about a half hour on the internet, but then I usually try to write until around lunch. Depending on where I am in the process, I’ll work more after lunch and even sometimes at night after the kids are in bed. If I’m drafting I write every day and I try to stop a writing session mid-scene or even mid-sentence sometimes. Something about knowing exactly what’s going on and where I’m going with it makes coming back to the blank page the next day much less daunting.
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From Rachel Hawkins, author of HEX HALL, REBEL BELLE, MISS MAYHEM, and more:
I definitely do my best work in the morning, which is lucky since I have a 4th grader which means I have to get up at 6:15. Actually, now that my son is older, I’ve kind of started aping his schedule- work stops as soon as he gets off the bus at 2:30– which will make for a SUPER fun topic for him to discuss with his therapist one day. So once he and my my husband are gone around 7, I drink coffee, play on the internet, maybe take a bath if I’m feeling extra ambitious, and I try to be working by 9 at the latest. I do the Pomodoro Technique which is a fancy way of saying I set a timer for 25 minutes, work, take a five minute break, go back in for 25 minutes until whatever that day’s goal is is met. Usually this means I’m done by lunchtime which I love since taking my lunch without a side of self-loathing is A++. Unless I have a Face Eating Deadline, I don’t work on weekends or school breaks, and I almost never work on anything at night. Again, if a deadline is really pressing, then I might revisit in the evening, but I actually really, really hate working at night. That’s Bourbon and Reading Time as god intended.
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From Gretchen McNeill, author of TEN, 3:59, GET EVEN, and more:
On the days that I don’t go to my part time job (I know I’m bursting bubbles here, but a lot of authors don’t make enough not to work a desk job…) I usually start working in the morning.  Not necessarily “writing,” but definitely working.  By 8:30am, my husband is off to work, so I make a double cappuccino and sit down in front of my laptop to deal with emails and social media, and by 9:30, I’m ready to tackle the day’s writing.
I write in sprints: 12 minutes of writing without looking at the internet, and then I’m allowed to browse.  Rinse, repeat.  I can knock out 350-500 words in a 12 minute sprint, which makes the daily word count seem more attainable.  Also, I find that during my internet browsing reward, I’m thinking about what I’m going to write during the next sprint.   If I hit a roadblock, I go walk the dog.  Which means he gets walked a lot.
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From Courtney Stevens, author of FAKING NORMAL and THE LIES ABOUT TRUTH:
I have a schedule and am very regimented, but it is not a writing schedule. I like to think of it as triage with a vision. I have 2-3 jobs (personal assistant, marketing consultant, college professor) that I work alongside writing and traveling for writing, plus two rather large volunteer positions (SCBWI & SEYA Book Festival). I often say I juggle for a living.
When I’m drafting, I block 4-5 day chunks and try to either go somewhere away with a suitcase or simple out of my house. I write on scrivener or Word, but if I use Word, I always use the Focus View. I get up at 7:00, exercise, and then write until 5:00. I get a drink and fix supper, and then write from 8:00-10:00. I don’t do email or marketing or anything when I’m in this type of jag.
On those days when I’m working or volunteering, I exercise seven days a week (usually 2hrs) not because I’m a fitness freak, but because it helps my brain rest. 90% of that time is story & character development–letting my story work when I can’t sit down and type. I listen to audiobooks when I’m in the car between jobs.
I don’t advocate for this schedule. It’s just the only way I know how to generate the flexibility I need to promote and write and still pay the bills and try to add to humanity.
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From Rae Carson, author of the GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS series and WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER:
My schedule:
-Drag myself out of bed. I don’t sleep well, so I allow myself to sleep in whenever I can. Alas, this almost never happens.
-Drink ALL THE COFFEE.
-Do authory things: email, social media, blog post, speech prep, whatevs
-Eat lunch
-Open W.I.P.
-Experience CRIPPLING DESPAIR
-Get over self
-Write approx 1K words
-Dinner
-Exercise
-Hang out with husband or play Xbox
-Bourbon (*high-fives Rachel*) or tea (*high-fives Victoria*)
-Reading for blurbs in bedMy day changes a little when I’m on a tight editing turnaround, but it’s otherwise consistent. Especially the bits about ALL THE COFFEE and CRIPPLING DESPAIR.

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From Carrie Ryan, author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, DAUGHTER OF DEEP SILENCE, THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE, and more:
I find my schedule often varies based on what’s most pressing at the time, but the constant is that I’m usually at my computer by 8:30ish and I generally stay there until my husband comes home from work between 6:00-7:00. Three days a week I work out for an hour in the morning, and sometimes I’ll take my computer out somewhere for lunch. What I always struggle with is that there’s always something more pressing than writing (unless the deadline is tomorrow or next week). There’s always an email that needs to be sent today, or paperwork to be done now, or promo to plan/create and the day (weeks!) can easily slip away that way.
Once I start writing, I get so wrapped up in it that I don’t tend to stop for those sorts of things so that means that I get it all done in the morning and start writing around 2 (I turn on Freedom if I’m having trouble motivating). Or I just say “I’ll worry about all that other stuff tomorrow” and I turn off the internet and write. I’m trying to do that more often. I find that I always feel better at the end of a day when I can say “I hit my writing goal!” (~2k words) instead of “I sent the $*&# out of some emails.” Then I pour a glass of wine. Oh, and unless it’s deadline crunch time I try to take the evening and weekends off (it was actually a resolution of mine a few years ago).
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From Tessa Gratton, author of BLOOD MAGIC, THE UNITED STATES OF ASGARD series, and more:
My regular day in the life schedule is something like this: alarm goes off at about 5:15am because my mama convinced me in my youth that sleeping until 7 means missing all the best parts of the day. At some point I transformed into a natural morning person who loves sunrise more than any other time of day. Plus, I need a chance to drink some coffee before exercising outside before it gets too hot.
After walking the dog and the dreaded squat/situp regimen, I read the news and news blogs for about an hour while drinking MOAR COFFEE. Around 930am I open the manuscript (assuming I’m in a drafting part of the cycle) and spend a few hours in word wars against myself or my crit partners until I hit 2,000 words. I schedule blocks of time to read (it’s part of the job!) and to respond to emails/business stuff. I write 10k a week doing this M-F. If I’m revising, I work differently since I need different markers of progress, and same for research-mode. But regardless, since I’m up at 5am, by 5pm my brain is shutting down and all I have left in me is reading, tumblring, watching TV, bourbon mixing.
When I’m not on major deadline I only let myself play around with off-contract “fun” projects during the weekend, or read read read. On deadline crush, no-holds-barred of course, and I move myself to a different location every 2-3 hours. As in: office to coffee shop to lunch to different coffee shop to sofa to office in order to jump-start myself by changing view/chair/location.
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From Myra McEntire, author of HOURGLASS, TIMEPIECE, and INFINITYGLASS:
I’m in a bit of a different situation. I’ve been trying to re-locate my groove after recovering from a year of clinical depression, which was immediately followed by my publisher going out of business. (WOO HOO!) When you have a project in the pipeline, promo is a vital part of your day. But when your books go away … you maybe just occasionally tweet Jason Momoa pictures and don’t worry so much about encouraging people to look for your work at used book stores, some libraries, or at tag sales. Or in the boxes in your garage.
With THAT bit out of the way, I start working once both of my boys are out of the house around 8:00, which allows me six hours of peace. I’ve been filling my creative well with lots of research, and like V, I am a huge advocate of audiobooks. They allow me to enjoy story without analyzing style.
Right now, it’s all about small successes. I’m not at a place to pound out 5k a day, but my heart is happy if I can manage 500. Sometimes that’s all it takes!
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From Natalie Parker, author of BEWARE THE WILD and BEHOLD THE BONES:
I start my day in a state of confusion — it’s light out? it’s dark out? how do I human? — and clear that up with exercise, which is a nonnegotiable for me. Like Daniel, I have a full-time job that demands my M-F, 8-5 attention. I’m also in the midst of starting a small business which frequently snags my coffee hour (high fives Rae!), my lunch hour, and my bourbon hour (high fives Rachel & Rae!).
Writing during the week is all about the small goals for me. The bar is set no higher than 500 words a day. Sometimes I reach it, sometimes I pass it, sometimes I hack down the 12-ft sunflowers in my backyard. The important thing is the reset the next day — no positive and definitely no negative rollovers. And the bar stays put at 500 over the weekend because I love the feeling of hitting a goal like it owes me money. Crushing deadlines excepted, it means I make sometimes tediously slow writing progress, but I’m okay with that.
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From Dawn Kurtagich, author of THE DEAD HOUSE:
My schedule usually works for me for a little while and then I need to shake it up (I get bored), so I’ll give you my most effective schedule, which I am in the process of implementing again:
I’ll wake up between 7am and 8am. Feed my kitten, Flocci, make coffee and kill a little time on YouTube. After blinking myself into the day, I get my breakfast and take it upstairs to my study with me. This is when I’ll check (but not necessarily reply to) my emails, twitter, Facebook, etc. After that, I will either:
— climb into my writing cave (which is a sheet strung across the guest bed in my study) with my laptop and work there.
— Sit at my beautiful writing desk, open it and write there
— Sit at the kitchen table and work there (while stopping to play with the kitten every 10 minutes)
— Go out to Gladstones Library to work there (beautiful, quiet and cooked lunch? HELLO!)
— Go to the pub (which has fabulous lattes) and work there until lunch.
Then I’ll generally break around lunch. Walking/gym/audio books/reading/movieanything of that nature may occur.
After dinner, I work again. I do really get productive in the evening. Especially if I’m the only one awake. I’ll work until around eleven, read until midnight and do that again.  I have a habit of working 7 days a week, but I’m changing that. Sundays are my reading/board games/exploring and doing things day. Saturdays are sometimes used to go and have fun, but generally not…!) Some days I take off to film for my channel or to just clean out my brain space.
So that’s my ideal schedule—the one that works for me best when I do it (several times a year). My current schedule does not represent this yet. My current schedule ends my day at 3am—5am and begins between 9am and noon. Le sigh. NOT FOR LONG!! *evillaugh*
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From Fran Wilde, author of UPDRAFT:
So there are three different typical days for me – all of which are best if I write for an hour or so before the rest of the household wakes up. Even if I’m free-writing, just getting those first words on the page as the coffee kicks in reminds me who I am and why I’m here.
Regular-day Fran
    • After the household goes to its daytime locations,I try to walk a mile or two and think about what I want to do for the rest of the day, which usually means returning to mess around on the internets and look up to find it’s 10am. If I want to get anything done before noon, I turn on Anti-Social, which forcibly locks me out of the internet for a specified number of hours, no matter what I do to try to get back in.
    • Then I write about 2k (adding in what I did in the early morning, if it’s not drivel).
    • Lunch, internet, errands, then back to do administrivia and editing for a couple of hours.
    • Another 1-2k depending, though usually an email, chat, or email arrives that produces reactions including hair tearing, grumbling, and then making the best of it, so the end result is often 3k per day.

School’s-out Fran

    • If any part of the household doesn’t go to daytime locations and instead stays home and stares at me asking what it should do because life is endlessly boring, I sometimes arrange a short trip and try to journal in the gaps or at the dentist or in the closet or attic. I write in the evening then and glare at folks who want to know what they’re doing tomorrow.
    • This is a gaining fib, because often, the household wants to sit and write with me now, which is a delight and also utter chaos and sometimes we get a lot done, sometimes not.
    • I don’t sleep much. Averaging about 1k per day, which is fine.

Traveling Fran

    • I haven’t figured this out yet, because timezones, but I am working and usually gin out 500 words a day on a creative project when I have other events on the calendar. Mostly I let myself outline and journal if the writing isn’t happening.
    • If a deadline-project comes in, I do that on my free time, but try to make time to wander around where I am and see friends.
    • I make time to Skype and call home.
    • Traveling has a weird way of making you forget where you were when you last worked on a thing, which sometimes makes writing scenes easier than writing linearly.
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From Tiffany Schmidt, author of SEND ME A SIGN, BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE, and the ONCE UPON A CRIME FAMILY series:
I do my best work in the morning—while the real world seems less real than the world I’m creating on my computer screen. Often this means a competitive game of setting my alarm earlier than my four-year-old Schmidtlets’ inner alarm clocks. Often times I lose this game.
On the best mornings I get an hour or so in before the early risers, then am interrupted for about an hour to get them ready for preschool. After dropping them off, I race home and hop on my treadmill desk for a few hours of productivity. I try to be mindful about my internet use but rarely actually block it. If it social media starts to be too tempting or disruptive, Il turn it off. I typically wind down writing about an hour before preschool ends, send quick responses to accumulated emails, then sneak in a run (where I brainstorm or listen to audiobooks) before going to grab the kiddos.
The rest of my day becomes sneaking in work when possible. If the Schmidtlets nap, I get another solid two hours of writing in. Otherwise I  passively brainstorm and take notes on every available app and scrap of paper throughout the afternoon and try and to cram another hour or two of work in between their bedtime and mine (and, you know, squeeze being a human, other life demands, and non-preschooler interactions in there too!)
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From Adam Christopher, author of EMPIRE STATE, THE BURNING DARK, MADE TO KILL, and more:
I’m up at 6, and my wife and I take a long walk, back at 7 for breakfast. She heads off to work around 7.30, which gives me about half an hour to make coffee and figure my day out. Then I divide my day into hourly blocks – 8, 9, 10, 11 am, and 1, 2, 3, 4pm (with an hour for lunch at 12). I write 1000 words per block, with a daily word count of 5000 words. I use Scrivener for first drafts and have the session target set at 1000 words, which usually takes about 30 minutes per block to write. That gives me up to 30 minutes per hour for other stuff – emails, admin, etc. Sometimes it might take me closer to 45 minutes to hit 1000 words – so be it! The next block resets at the hour.
All going to plan, this means I’ve hit my daily word count at about 1.30pm. For the rest of the day, I usually do emails, admin, blog posts, and any interviews or other stuff I have do fit in. If I have a comic script due, then I have five pages of comic to write in the time I have left over.My wife gets home around 4.30, and from then on I try not to do any work – in fact, I try (and don’t always succeed) to stay away from computers and the internet after 6pm. I also don’t work at weekends unless I’m behind on something. Obviously I have flexibility in all this – sometimes the timezones mean I need to shift stuff around, as I’m in the UK and my publisher, editor, publicist and agent are all East Coast USA, which is 5 hours behind me.
I plan my time well ahead, so for travel and conventions I know when I’m away and when I’m back and I don’t actually schedule any work in at all while travelling. Into the gaps in my day I also make sure to schedule reading, which is just as important as writing! I try to get through a book in two weeks (so about 26 a year). I haven’t actually totalled up my comic reading (harder to track), but I probably read 3-5 comics a day, every day.
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Any other writers out there?
Weigh in in the comments with your own schedule!
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103 thoughts on “18 Authors Share A Day in the Life

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  2. This is exactly what I needed today. I’m trying to figure out a schedule that works for me, and seeing so much variety is really encouraging. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. ForkInPage says:

    This was very interesting, I often think about what life would be like if I didn’t have the 9-5 office job.

    God I want to be a writer so bad. Or a professor.

  4. Ash Poston says:

    I love how there’s a running theme of what Rae calls CRIPPLING DESPAIR in almost every one of these… *takes notes*

    My writing process is a little different, since I both juggle a full-time job in the industry and freelance design as well. I find myself writing during lunch or jotting down ideas in my notebook at work. Sometimes on the subway I’ll pull out my phone and type up scenes in the Notes app that I later forget about and then re-remember three months later… But most of the time, I just don’t do anything on weekends. I write as much as I can, and sometimes that’s 500 words and sometimes that’s 20,000. And when I can’t write, I turn on my PS4 and play something (usually Dragon Age because DRAGONS) because words will be there, or they won’t. And yeah, I have some hella terrible deadlines right now but who doesn’t love a good all-nighter once in a while? I’ll invite my old friend, NEUROTIC ANXIETY, and we’ll stay up late and swap manly stories, and make waffles in the morning.

  5. Great post, lovely! I wear a whole lot of jauntily placed small Victorian hats. In addition to my Historical Fantasy books for Tor, I’m an actress, playwright, tour guide, public speaker, artist and crafter, and production assistant at a small Manhattan TV studio. With a schedule as free-form as my writing process, I’ve no such thing as a regular routine, other than a hearty dependence on caffeine. I write whenever I can, simple as that, hoping for the best. External Deadlines form the basis of my word count per day goals, but the ‘when’ of that word count and/or pages of edits is different from one day to the next. There is no waiting to “make time” for writing. Life takes too much time. There is, frankly, no time. Write anyway. Stay up late. Do 5 things at once. Edit heavily. Love your editor. Do it all again next book.

  6. Great post. Very interesting. Thank you.

  7. Dawn Kurtagich says:

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  8. Mia Garcia says:

    Mine varies depending on if I’m on deadline or not. I work full time and get home around 7-8pm at night depending on the day. I take about 1 hour to eat, shower, relax, if I’m not on deadline I’ll write about 1 hour (500-750 words) a day, if I’m on deadline it’s 2+ hours or until I hit my personal word count. Hitting the word count takes a while since I re-read and edit all previous pages in order to get into my character’s voice again. I try to take a least a day off on the weekends if I can, though if I’m particularly into a story I’ll write every day even if it’s just a page.

  9. What an interesting post! It’s really nice to see how different writers do this and plan their days, how many words they aim for and how their days play out. I usually aim for around 2,000 words a day and set aside one hour for it but sometimes I write a little longer and sometimes an hour feels like I’m pushing my luck.

  10. I had a friend who drove all the way from Albuquerque, New Mexico this summer to spend part of the summer with me (in Michigan). We had planned a writing trip to Italy this summer, but my bouts with cancer prevented that. She is a devoutly routine-based writer… and sticks to it amazingly. I sort of took over her routine: Up early… 6:30 or 7:00 and journal; coffee with my sister (we live together) from 8 – 9; walk/breakfast/shower; write until lunch; lunch; walk; write for two hours minimum; then stop and have some tea and read the newspaper or one of my magazines before dinner. No more writing for the day then.

    Once she went back to NM, we decided to Facetime every day… and TALK about what we had WRITTEN that day. We have been diligent about this – and I have to say it has made me accountable. I am writing a book (have one chapter solidly done); she is working on her third book.

    Accountability, and the sharing that goes along with that, has made all the difference in the world to me. We are both validated by our conversations and feedback and motivated by the entire process.

  11. Jennifer N. says:

    gosh, i have such a hard time trying to finish just two hours of homework without getting completely distracted by the internet. Gahh I feel guilty… also… MYRA MCENTIRE!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. Very interesting. Thank you for that!!

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  14. This was really informative, and super interesting to see how you actually schedule things. Everyone could learn a thing or two from you – thank you very much!

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  15. Grandtrines says:

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    Wow!

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  17. Nice Post, very interesting

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  19. Aamna Shahab says:

    One work: interesting. 😍👍

  20. adreamy1 says:

    It was an interesting read. I often wished to know how much time writers give to be themselves.

  21. You never closed your parenthesis in the first paragraph…

  22. Language101 says:

    It’s great to know how the experts do it… Most of them have other jobs… Which sends a clear signal that writing can rarely be adopted as a full time thing.
    Thanks for the post.. 🙂

  23. lanamae0107 says:

    Very interesting post.

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  25. Love this, I have been looking for a schedule that works for me too and this is so helpful. And I’m so inspired to start writing again. you guys are great!

  26. Tammy says:

    Great piece, everything works best for me first thing in the morning, work all morning and then read.

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  28. jerjonji says:

    I used to have a very strict schedule- marketing days scheduled, writing time, rest of life. But my life has changed and now I write as much as I can- whenever I can! I lug around pages to edit so that if I’m stuck waiting somewhere, I can work. I’ve learned that for me the important thing is to take every opportunity I find. If I can’t hit the keyboard, I write in my head and transcribe it later. Decreases productivity, but it works for me!

  29. Interesting. Most of the writers are inclined towards morning writing with good reason. Loved this post. I’ll steal some of the tips here!

  30. Izzie.K says:

    This is such a great read 😃

  31. tedwar18 says:

    Nice story

  32. eleanormarielou says:

    Truly inspirational post. I really want to go into journalism/ writing novels after I finish uni but I wasn’t sure whether I’d know where to start and this DITL post has really encouraged me. Thank you so much x

  33. This is truly inspirational…I’m new in this blogging thing, but have realized that I’m more productive in the morning yes, but mostly during the day. Sometimes during my lunch hour or after work. That’s because there’s a lot of noise from where I stay, even as early as 5am there’s always noise and music around. So writing during the day and very far from my house I concentrate more and find it quiet enough to write.
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  35. skrylcomputers says:

    Great

  36. I love the post! It’s cool to see others perspective of a writting routine. To be frank I don’t think we need to write everyday at a concrete time, I mean, writers simply write when we get inspiration or just feel like doing it. Days can be different, in fact they must be different so we don’t get bored and take a piece of each day that contributes to our projects. But the thing is that days never are as we expect them to be and the same happens with writting, we’re not going to write breath-taking stories if we feel forced while writting. Nowadays, the biggest routine I have is school hahahaa.

  37. It’s very settling to know that you don’t necessarily need a strict schedule. Thank you for sharing! It just goes to show that different things work for different people.

  38. 2brains1mind says:

    Most often I have to write early in the morning before I teach. Usually around 5am or 4:30am in some cases. I also know the coauthor of 2brains1mind gets up regularly at 4:30am to read and write. May seem like too much but once you get in the habit it’s the best thing possible for anyone with a busy schedule.

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    Deliciously refreshing insights

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  45. see20 says:

    Hello Victoria great post. The fact is that despite the few similarities we can observe with humans, basically we are all difference. We have our different built- ups but more especially our different priorities in our lives and in our days. Every one of us plans and tackles his/her day according to his/her priorities. If my opinion, scheduling our daily priorities during within our “productivity circle”, will produce better result. Victoria’s productivity circle is in the morning while David Arnold’s is in the evening.

  46. It’s interesting to see how other folks go about their writing, where it fits in and how it ‘ranks’ as a priority.

    I personally keep a small Moleskine notebook by my couch and one in my car. I do this because I too work a fairly demanding full time job, but when a sentence or two, or a word or phrase – or simply an idea come to me- I jot it down and I come back to it later. I try to write a little bit each night after work, either right before or right after dinner.

    And weekends I attempt to dedicate one solid morning, or one solid evening to writing or researching. Sometimes thoughts and stories come – other times not so much. So I try to milk the muses when they are there and get as much out and on paper (considering I write about non-fiction based on my own experiences). In terms of routine: I put on some music, grab a glass of wine or beer, and I just try to get in the mood.

    It can be a tough balance because even with the notebooks I sometimes forget or lose the context of a specific word or phrase. But that’s just how it goes. Thanks for putting this article together!

  47. kbhayes says:

    Good read and amused by ALL THE COFFEE everyone seems to consume.

  48. KatieBun says:

    This post is just simply stunning!!

  49. Quite interesting. I like to look at the blend in diversity. Thumbs up!

  50. littlealmond says:

    I’m a recent grad who started a full time job this past week. As far as my writing schedule, I sneak 750 words into my morning fifteen minute break. I’ve written 100,000 words since I started writing at 750words.com a few months ago.

  51. mayanzango says:

    Interesting

  52. I am a beginner& an aspiring writer and learnt a lot from this. Great work.

  53. kmankata says:

    Wow! I love this. Thanks for sharing

  54. ingaavenue says:

    Awesome Blogpost! Thank you

  55. Tina B. says:

    It was great to hear the different processes or routines

  56. HillaryMarek says:

    Wow….everyone here really has their sh*t together. Lol, my writing schedule sits posted on the family to-do list loudly mocking me with every morning revision.
    I try to work at it like a job, 9-5 laser focused fountain pen full, fresh paper laid out next to the… “Oh come guys who drew dinosaurs all over Mommy’s new notebook. RYAN! I WILL NOT TELL YOU AGAIN, STOP EATING IN THE STUDY! There is peanut butter on my laptop screen and you got jelly all over the keys!”
    Sorry where was I….ah yes, my scheduled time to work on my latest novel.
    I love my kids and sometimes even like having my husband around, but why god why does it always happen that the ONLY time any of them want to talk to me its just as I have got my train of thought on track and the best scene has just come to mind, so I am furiously trying to get it down on paper before……*knock knock* “Mom?” *knock knock* “MOM!”..*bang bang bang* rapid knocking* “MOOOoooooOooMMmmmmy are you in there?? Moooom.”
    (Excuse me a second y’all I will be right back.)
    ” What happened? Are you OK little bear? Why ya banging on the door like you have zombies chasing you?” Big blue eyes look up and if you have seen the Shrek clip of puss n boots with the puppy dog eyes holding his hat all adorable, yeah that one, apparently my 5yr old took notes.
    “I just wanna snuggle with you mommy. I want you to read me a story before nap time, please.”
    (Again sorry I will be just a few more minutes.)
    “Sure thing kiddo hop up in bed and show me which one you picked out. Oh, The adventures of Tom Sawyer. You couldn’t have picked out like Hop on Pop or The Gruffalo could you? OK, let’s visit ol’ Tom and Huck for the afternoon.”
    ………………

    I have recently decided that if you are feeling neglected by family, go to the bathroom, or get in the tub, make a very important phone call, get to the last few pages of a book right when it gets to the best part, or for instant results, sit down to write when you’re feeling inspired….Give it a few minutes more and….
    “Mom I can’t find my soccer jersey!” “Hon can you take the boys to soccer the cat jumped up on the counter and knocked off the roast you had marinating. The puppy somehow got a hold of it and got it up to but not through the doggie door so, yeah I’m gonna go clean that.” “MOM grandma is on the phone she said she joined Facebook and needs you to explain all of it” “Hon you coming out of the bathroom?”
    ………Maybe I will just write this chapter tomorrow…….
    Hillary Marek , mom, comedian, blogger, kindle junky
    http://www.greatsexpectations.org/ stop by n say hi

  57. Good paceter we are all different and it all good to study ourselves, analyse and come up with best individual schedules. Picking tips here there will overall improve on our productivity.

  58. Such a great piece! I am working two jobs and trying to write so the schedule ideas really helped! Thank you.

  59. jinxoak says:

    Wow… Its just amazing that i got to know about the routines of some of my favourite authors…..
    I am just in college… Although my stream is really different, i love to write since childhood..
    Although its difficult to write during college days… I still manage to fit in my writing work. I really have a question to ask…
    How do authors do their research?.. I mean if it was only the internet…m surely all the people would have read it. wouldn’t they??
    So i would like to know how do they research?
    Thankyou

  60. […] Schwab, author of A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC, blogged a day in the life of eighteen different authors.  I love how different all the schedules are! Adam Christopher’s was the most intruiging, to […]

  61. janinelano says:

    This is really nice to hear about accomplished authors and their day to say schedules (:

  62. I would like to do an in depth interview with a few of these authors

  63. Louis Medici says:

    When I’m actually writing something, I wake up, shower, and get my coffee, I typically like to get up before sunrise and watch the sun begin to peak, and then I start writing. I write for about an hour or so, then I drift off into read, a movie or two, lunch, blogging, more reading, and sometimes I have work, then when I get home from work (10 PM) or when I get back from my walk (around 10, too) I write until about 12/1 AM, sometimes up to 5 AM if I’m writing something really good.

  64. Kally says:

    Excellent post! A very insightful, well meaning piece. Thank you for sharing!

  65. Jennifer F. Santucci says:

    Reblogged this on Jennifer F. Santucci and commented:
    This post came at such a fortuitous time. We’re learning about the process and writers’ schedules in my writing program this week. I’ve read about the process for various literary authors such as Maya Angelou, Ray Bradbury, and James Thurber. Their process shows that everyone’s is different, but it was also hard to identify with their process because many didn’t have to compete with modern issues.

    I love how the author’s in Victoria Schwab talk about dealing with social media, having a job, and how they fit writing in if they have kids.

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  69. sajpal says:

    Wonderful post, thanks

  70. Jack says:

    Reblogged this on Wyrdwend.

  71. Fascinating. Thanks for putting this together.

  72. ramzan66 says:

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  73. ramzan66 says:

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  74. […] Source: 18 Authors Share A Day in the Life […]

  75. Most interesting. Reblogged it on. Thankyou

  76. Sarah Harris says:

    Thank you! Pinned it! I’m so fascinated by writers’ routines! Mine is procrastinate til my whole body hurts then let it out.

  77. […] Source: 18 Authors Share A Day in the Life […]

  78. lewisjjones says:

    Really helpful to see how other’s set out their times and when is best for them to get in the zone and get writings. Thanks for sharing!

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