All my life I’ve written but had to have a day job; now my day job is writing. I actually describe myself as a writer, and I do spend much of my day writing, blogging and editing my next novel ‘Flipside’ out next month, I hope. I also have started scribbling scenes from new ideas, the Radwinter story, odd bits and pieces which pop into my head…
So, I write, but I spend almost as much time faffing about, I check other sites on the net, I deviate off and do other stuff on the computer… and also I don’t spend all my time writing. I do housework, I meet friends, I garden, I go food shopping… but I could write more, I could write much, much more.
I read an article today about Arne Dahl the Swedish writer and I felt put to shame; he was describing his working day through what he eats:
8am If I haven’t been writing through the night, my day starts with coffee, breakfast and the paper. Wholegrain toast, Greek yogurt, muesli with berries, and low-carb orange juice.
9am Get started on my computer. I’ve tried to write in all kinds of places, but home suits me best. I drink a lot of coffee.
11am As I’ve only moved a few steps all morning, I go for a run around the island near my house in Stockholm. Make a protein drink – not a delicious lunch but quite efficient.
2pm Stop writing for a Thai chicken curry with rice, from the fridge, then return to finish a chapter before answering readers’ questions on Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes I forget about lunch, dinner, and even coffee, and just keep writing.
7pm Go to a local Italian restaurant with my wife for beef carpaccio and then creamy, cheesy pasta. With pasta I make an exception to all my rules about eating lots of protein.
10pm A little coffee and perhaps some cashew nuts while I finish work, then a glass of single malt.
Arne doesn’t mention doing chores… but that is still no excuse for me, I could work much harder. I am going to cut out the article and stick it on the wall; there is a photo of Arne and he’ll stare accusingly at me when I slack!