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I’m in a list kind of mood today. I guess it’s all of the de-junking I’ve been doing lately, but I want to just get to the point. I thought I’d make a list for you of the things that are happening WHILE I am writing.
I write every day, either for the blog or on my next book or for other publications where I am a regular contributor. Unless I am wrapping up a book (like I am doing now) I write for 3-4 hours a day. Here’s what it looks like.
- I write in my recliner in my bedroom. I don’t have a desk. I used to, but a kid took over that space and now all I have is a comfy leather recliner to work in. I’m not complaining…it’s cozy and awesome. I put a small pillow in my lap to prop my computer on and just type my little heart out.
- I can’t have extra noise while I work. Some of my kids like to have music playing while they work and my husband likes Fox News quietly in the background. But I can’t have a single sound or I can’t focus. Silence is my friend.
- My kids will come to me to have their school work checked throughout the morning. I start the day by giving them their school assignments and lessons as needed. Then I go write while they work. When they’re finished with each assignment they come tell me they’re finished and I will check their work. I always stop for that no matter what kind of momentum I have going. Sure, it slows the process, but I want these kids to be super smart so I can count on them to get good jobs so they can take care of me in my old age.
- I drink a lot of water. I fill my half gallon glass jug every morning and set them on the table next to my recliner. I sip right out of the jug all day long, just like Granny in The Beverly Hillbillies….only without the moonshine.
- My room has to be clean or I can’t work. My bedroom seems to be the hardest room to keep clean because it is a dumping ground for everything we don’t know where else to put. Books we are finished reading, papers, broken toys, etc. all get put in my room and before I write I have to clean it all up. I’m big on making my bed first thing every morning and I will fluff the pillows and get the junk OUT before I can write.
- I like to be dressed, but it’s not a necessity. I prefer to be all dressed, at least in something housey, but it doesn’t always happen. I have been known to still have my pajamas on by dinner time….especially if I am working on a book. Those days tend to be long and I hardly leave my bedroom.
- I have 3 bedroom door positions that all have purpose.
a) All the way open which means you can come on in and ask me anything or sit and talk even if I am typing.
b) Mostly closed with a little box propping it open just a bit. This means I am working, but since the door is only slightly open you should only disturb me for something semi-important. You can peek in and say something like, “We are all going outside for a while,” but not something like, “I want to tell you what I want for Christmas,” or, “Can I have some candy?” If it’s something that can wait….it should wait until I am either not in my room working or the door is all the way open.
c) All the way closed which means disturb only if there’s blood, fire or imminent death.
- My diffuser is on the table next to me and it’s always going with some kind of wake-up-my-brain essential oil in it. I love Motivation, Envision, Peppermint, Lemon, Frankincense….really anything but lavender so I don’t fall asleep mid-sentence.
- I use my phone while I use my computer. I don’t check social media or take calls while I am writing, but I will use my phone for researching or fact checking. I use an online thesaurus and dictionary. I do better just keeping the one window open on my computer so I use my phone for the rest of my online needs.
- I get up and stretch every hour. When I am working on a book I will set an alarm to go off every hour and I will make myself stand up and either walk around the room, go outside for a few minutes or do some stretches.
It’s a pretty sweet life I have. I’ve got my homeschoolers spending gobs of time with me, my husband around, my older kids doing their thing while I watch with awe and admiration…..and my comfy recliner to work in. And air-conditioning, which, in case I didn’t mention, is my bestie all summer long.
The deadline for my next book is looming and I will be closing the door more than usual until it’s done.