Today I’m hosting Day 2 of a 5-day virtual tour (sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center) for Susann Leonard Hill’s book Punxsutawney Phyllis. In this post, Susanna tells about the writer’s life.
The Writer's Life with Children's Author Susanna Leonard Hill
I had to laugh a little at today’s topic – “a typical writing day”
My intended typical writing day goes like this:
Butt in chair at 9 AM for 3 hours of new writing.
Break for lunch around noon, check and respond to important emails.
Back to work around 1 to do revision work (I’m usually not as fresh for new writing in the afternoon, although that’s not always the case if the muse is in residence ) respond to students taking my writing class, and/or write my weekly blog posts.
Around 4, read and comment on blog posts I want to keep up with, and respond to comments on my own blog.
Stop at 5 for family evening.
Wouldn’t it be nice if I could pull that off?
My actual writing day goes more like this:
Butt in chair around 10:30 AM (after taking my daughter to school, mucking the barn, stopping for groceries on the way home, and taking the dogs for a run)… so, half the amount of writing time I’d really like…
Break for lunch around noon, check and respond to important emails… also throw in some laundry, unload the dishwasher, etc. which ends up taking more than an hour
Back to work whenever the emails are finished except, oops! I have to… (insert family activity here including attending soccer, basketball, volleyball, football, ice hockey, lacrosse games or wrestling matches, school performances in music or theatre, class trips, classroom parties, chauffeuring kids hither and yon, picking up or dropping off dry cleaning, special visits to the post office/UPS/FedEx, dentist/doctor/orthodontist/eye doctor/veterinarian appointments which are frequent with 5 kids, aging parents, and 2 dogs, etc.)
And oh, would you look at that? It’s already 5!
So… dinner, homework, bedtimes… and then 10:00 PM – what was I doing?
I am the first to admit that I am not the most organized person in the world – something I’m trying to work on I love that writing gives me the flexibility to be there for my kids. I am so lucky to be able to do something I love without having to miss the important moments in my kids’ lives. But I don’t think I can pretend I have a typical writing day. I just try to go with the flow and do the best I can to get everything done, including some new writing most days. I am well aware that before I know it, the kids will all be off at college and I’ll have more free time than I know what to do with. It’s happening already – one child at a time. So I don’t mind the juggling for now