Before Coffee: Fantasy vs. Reality

April 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

I spotted the image below on a Facebook page called “The Writer’s Circle,” and it made me think about what my ideal writing day would be like. You know, the fantasy of “If I were a full-time writer…”

My fantasy schedule would look like this:

8:00 – 8:30 – Get out of bed, make coffee, feed cats, scoop litter pans

8:30 – 9:00 – Yoga

9:00 – Noon – Shower, eat breakfast, read

Noon- 1:00 – Take a walk

1:00 – 5:00 – Write (this is my peak creativity time, I’ve discovered)

5:00 – 9:30 – Spend time with my wife (TV, video games, going out, etc.)

9:30 – 10:00 – Get ready for bed

10:00 – 10:30/11:00 – Read

11:00 – Sleep

In reality, my schedule looks like this:

6:10 – 8:00 – Get up, take a shower, feed cats, eat breakfast, scoop litter pans, clean

8:00-8:30 – Drive to work

8:30 – 5:00 – Work

5:00 – 5:30 – Drive home

5:30 – 6:00 – Eat dinner, chat with wife

6:00(ish) – 7:30(ish) – Write (i.e., surf web or be distracted by a million other things)

7:30(ish) – 9:30 – Spend time with my wife (watch TV, video games, go out, etc.)

9:30 – 10:00 – Get ready for bed

10:00 – 10:30/11:00 – Read

11:00 – Sleep

I really can’t complain about this schedule. Yes, I’d like more writing time, but my wife is very generous in giving me time and space to write. (It helps that she needs “her-time,” too.)

But until I win the lottery, the fantasy is going to remain just that.

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