Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Trying to write and hold down a full time job isn't easy. But if what I'm reading in these blogs is an accurate reflection of the profession, that's what most writer's do (not unlike actors). According to the advice I read as well, as common sense, carving out a portion of your day to dedicate to writing is a basic and necessary step in being a writer.

I've said before that my day automatically includes up to three hours of writing time, but during busy periods (i.e. the end of the fiscal year) I am on site more often than I am in the office. This involves getting up at 5AM and leaving immediately (I am allowed a shower and a change of clothes, however) for my client's offices. I often don't return home until 6 PM and then have more work to do to prep for the next day. Last weekend, I was up at 5:30 on Saturday and worked straight through until 10 PM. I worked Sunday afternoon as well and, these days, breakfast at the Little Chef en route to the client site (where I used to be able to pull out my AlphaSmart for about 45 minutes) is taken up working on reports and documents for the project.

This is, thankfully, a temporary situation, but it still means two or three weeks where I literally do not have a free minute to do any real writing.

Right now, I'm looking forward to Saturday when, fingers crossed, I shouldn't have to work and can spend the day catching up on my novel instead.

What do other full-time job/write when you can authors do to carve out writing time when life conspires to take it all away?

Gotta run, now. It's 6:30 and I'm late for the office.


  1. I'm in the ol' work by day, write by night category. To carve out time to write I had to give up television, sports and a ton of sleep. It's a worthy trade.

  2. Work by day, write by night - a tied and true method for many, but I find I'm way too beat at the end of the day so I take the early route, getting up at 5 AM.

    BTW Jamie, here's another meaningless award for you: First Person to Comment on My Blog Award