A Day in the Life of a Writer: Kelly Exeter

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I hope you’re enjoying the Day in the Life of a Writer series as much as I am. This week we have a very special guest, non-fiction author, Kelly Exeter.

Kelly and I ‘met’ online initially on Twitter many moons ago and we just connected instantly. Sometimes, I swear we were twins separated at birth. You will know Kelly from her wonderful blog  A Life Less Frantic, or through her podcasts – Let It Be – co-hosted with Brooke McAlary, or – Straight & Curly – co-hosted with Carly Jacobs (Smaggle). If you don’t know Kelly (firstly where have you been??) and secondly, here’s a list of her talents:

Kelly Exeter is author of three non-fiction books: Your Best Year Ever, Practical Perfection and 20 Simple Shortcuts to Small Business Success. She’s also a business owner, mother, runner, podcaster and serial over-committer. Her blog, A Life Less Frantic, chronicles her attempts to balance a visceral ‘need to achieve’ with the desire to have space in her life to just ‘be’.

I’m not surprised Kelly’s day is immaculately streamlined. She’s a lover of routine, whitespace, and early starts! Eeek! Let’s check out Kelly’s day.

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A Day in the Life of Kelly Exeter

Three days a week I’m in the Swish Design office doing what I do there (some client work, financial control, content creation and other things to support my husband in the running of the business).

Two days a week I am home and those are my ‘writing days’. I’ll share what a typical writing day looks like:

4.15am – Wake up and drink two big glasses of water while I scroll through Instagram and Facebook

4.45am – Check emails and clear out any rubbish from my inbox

5.00am – Free-write for 15 minutes using 750words.com. The stuff I free-write is almost always completely inane and a reflection of whatever is worrying me at the time. My mind always resists free-writing because it hates writing ‘crap’. And that’s why I force myself to do it every day.

5.15am – Write and publish that particular day’s content (usually a podcast) and schedule on social media.

6.00am – Exercise

6.45am – Shower and dress

7.00am – Get the kids ready for school, sort breakfasts and lunches and get the house tidy

8.30am – School drop off

9.00am – Some weeks I come straight in from school drop off and do some podcast recording. If there’s no podcasts to record I use that first half hour after school drop off to get my head set for the day.

9.30am-2.45pm – My writing days go pretty quickly. I could be writing anything from blog posts for my own blog, posts for the Swish Design site, editing for clients, writing for clients (I’m currently ghost writing a book), researching or working on my own books. I do also take a lunch break in there somewhere and try to ensure I get away from the computer for that.

2.45pm onwards – School pick up and family time

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Kelly’s Favourite Thing About Being a Writer

I’m not sure what I think until I’ve written it down. Then, once I’ve written it down, I get to examine my thoughts and ideas closely, see if they stand up, refine them … and then I get to share them with people. More than anything, I love sharing ideas with people that could give them an ‘aha’ moment and make their lives better. I love helping people put words to the jumbled thoughts in their head. That’s the most gratifying thing about writing for me.

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So there you go, the amazing Kelly Exeter. If you’d like to check out more about Kelly you will find her online at:

 

And a link to her books: (which I personally recommend)