I am told by writers all the time since I started working on films, that they wish they could do what I'm doing.
I know how they feel. I looked at other writers all the time and wanted what they had.
But the truth is, that I didn't have a clue what came along with the vision that I saw of their life. And neither do you.
We think we know what someone does to fill their time or fulfill their duties. But do we really? And I'd guess that every person's day looks very different - even when they have the same basic job description.
ment and share what a typical day in my life looks like. Take a look and see if it sounds like your world... or see how different they are.
First things first: Coffee.
Always coffee. Every morning. I can't function without it and I refuse to try.
Social Media - For Fun
Once I've got a cup of joe in my hand, the first thing I do each day is peruse my social media sites and a few news sites that I follow. My brain isn't quite ready to get creative or focus for an extended period of time, so I consider this a warm up to my day.
For Hire - Editing.
As many of you know, writing doesn't necessarily provide a steady income. At least it doesn't for me yet, so I do a few writing related things that help me earn extra income. Conceptual editing is one of those things.
I spend an hour or two a day (depending on how many clients I have) editing other people's stories.
Social Media - For Work
Every day, I make sure that my social media feeds are full. Although I have a time that I sit down and focus on filling each que, I also take moments of sitting in the carpool line, or while making dinner, etc to fill my Buffer que so it happens throughout the day.
Often times this time is also used to create graphics and visuals.
Social Media - For Hire
Not only do I edit for other writers, I also help writers build their platforms. Part of each of my day is spend making sure their social media funnels are full of content that drip into their feeds over time.
This of course depends on whether or not I have a script that I'm working on at the time. If I'm in the midst of writing a full script, I set more time aside.
Currently, we have a film (Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket) in post-production. As requested by the director and producers, I will rewrite lines that will be corrected in the film through ADR (automatic dialogue replacement), so this doesn't take a lot of time, but I have to fit it in from time to time.
I also have a film that is hoping to go into development in the spring so I am working on a brand new script with the goal of completing it by mid- March.
Writing - Personal Blog
I'm still in the middle of growing and sustaining my platform, and blogging is a part of the process. So, among other writing that I do throughout my day, I have to keep to a blogging schedule that I've created.
Writing for the blog includes coming up with ideas, writing the content and creating the graphics that will go in the post.
Writing - For Hire Blogs
I write content for bloggers and take three to four projects/posts per week. I concentrate on these posts on the weekends.
Writing - Books
I am currently co-writing two fiction novels and one non-fiction book. Much of my day is spent on these projects. I usually work on non-fiction during the day and fiction while I'm sitting around in the evening.
Every Monday I have a scheduled phone call with my Virtual Assistant. We plan a lot during that call, and fill my to-do list, and determine what I will had off to her for completion.
Throughout the week I will have phone calls with my agent, directors, producers and co-writers. Most of these aren't scheduled and I just fit them in when they come.
That's it, but of course doesn't include housework, laundry, kids, cooking, self-care, etc.
Geez, looking at it all in writing makes me a little overwhelmed. lol
Focus and attention turns from one thing to the other at particular times. For instance, when Annabelle went into production, almost everything else was pushed aside, but for the most part, I spread these tasks through my day and week.
What about you? What does your writing world look like? Do you concentrate on one thing or do several different projects per day? Share in the comments (at the bottom of this page)!