I'm not a full time writer.
To be fair, I'm not even a published writer (other than on various blogs and webzines), but that doesn't stop me from writing.
I've taken to filling my commute (two hours to work, two hours home) with typing like my life depends on it.
I've invested in Scrivener and yet I find myself, towards the end of Camp NaNoWriMo,still short of my goal. 30k in one month when I've never even completed a manuscript is a little aspirational, I know, but I've got to start somewhere. And 13k is certainly somewhere.
And so we come to the writing day.
The writing day is when we, who don't write full time, are lucky enough to discover that we have one day - one full, glorious day - when we don't have chores or shopping or work. When somehow there are no family pressures of commitments, and there's this huge expanse in which to write.
I'm going to be honest, I find that a little scary. I'm used to snatching moments here and there - I've perfected the 1.5k in 2 hour drive. But when faced with what seems like never-ending hours, I'm not sure how I'm going to keep myself disciplined.
So I've set out a plan. I'm going to intersperse writing with fifteen minute bouts of piano playing whenever I hit a block, to get different part sof my brain kicking each other into working again. I'm going to have a quick healthy lunch that I can eat at my desk as I write. And I'm going to limit the internet.
That last one's a bit of an issue for me, if I'm honest. I've never been particularly fantastic at keeping myself on track, and there's a whole web of procrastination out there, calling to me.
But if I manage to hit my target by the end of July, then Scrivener's selling their software at half-price for all Camp NaNoWriMoers who win. Motivation: set. Wish me luck!
How do you deal with those oh-so-precious writing days? Or are you a full-time author, in which case, how on earth do you keep yourself focused all day?! Join the discussion in the comments.
Ali Williams grew up in Croydon and spent her teenage years in a convent girls’ school. She then fled to university where she discovered champagne cocktails, a capella singing and erotica.
These days she blogs about perceptions of romance, chick lit and women in society and spends the rest of her time promoting #StrongRomanceHeroines on Twitter, and cracking on with her first novel, Breakfast in Tunford.