Now that my ‘A Day in the Life of a Writer’ series has finished, I thought I’d do a little wrap up post.
When I first had the idea for the series, I must admit, it was a little voyeuristic and self-indulgent. I love peeping into others’ lives to see how they do things. But, as I brainstormed the series, I realised there was a bigger vision.
I wanted to share what ‘writing life’ looked like.
I can imagine that many non-writers think that a writer’s life is one of a two scenarios:
- The Starved Crazy Creative
Cooped up in a garret or attic at an old-fashioned typewriter with empty cups of coffee, perhaps the odd whisky bottle on the desk, and balls of screwed up paper littering the floor.
- The Blissful Whimsical Dreamer
Someone merrily typing away a hundred miles an hour, bluebirds fluttering nearby and baby deer frolicking on the rolling plains outside their cabin in the meadow.
Neither are representative of any writer I know!
A creative life isn’t one where we get to spend every minute creating. Most writers can’t afford to write all day long and many have day jobs to help pay the bills. Then add on top of that parenting, family, running a household, sleep, and social commitments and there’s not a lot of time left! The fact is, most writers only devote a small window of time each day to writing. But, the time they do is concentrated and dedicated.
For many, writing 8-10 hours a day just wouldn’t be mentally possible either. Creativity has it’s peaks and troughs. There’s times where you’re on a roll, and you can sit for hours researching, writing, and editing. But, there are also days where it’s like pulling teeth! In fact in my own experience, I imagine some days pulling teeth would be a much more enjoyable experience!
Every writer’s life is different. And this was certainly proven in my series.
Through the series I was honoured that so many wonderful authors and writers of all stages in their careers agreed to take part. The series does have a female focus, but that’s simply because they are my network and community at the moment. And because I’ve had so much lovely feedback, the series will be back next year!
But for now, that’s a wrap on ‘A Day in the Life of a Writer’. I’d love to sincerely thank all the writers who gave up their precious time to document their day, and provide photos, bios and links. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It was an absolute pleasure hosting you.
In case you missed any installments, here is the full list of posts:
If you are a writer or an author and would be interested to be featured on the 2018 series of ‘A Day in the Life of a Writer’ please contact me here.