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A Day Off is a Day of Writing

Remember when I said that Kris and I were going to work on one manuscript each for at least an hour every day for a month? Well, that obviously didn’t happen. September ended up being much more hectic than we thought it would be.

However, October is usually a calm month and nothing really happens until the end (three birthdays and Halloween). So, we decided to work an hour a day during the month of October instead.

We’re ten days into the month and so far it’s been going pretty well. We’re both still pretty busy with work and trying to have a social life on top of writing and blogging, but we’re doing it. We’ve found a good rhythm.

Why am I especially excited to get some work done today? Because I have the day off from work! And because the kids I babysit have the day off from school (and their mother works in a school system so she has it off as well) I don’t even have to babysit.

Yep. Today will be a pajama day (after I head out and get a large hot coffee).

Then it’s writing time.

Kris has had her new job for a while now, but she gets holidays off now too. So, we decided that we’re going to spend the day sifting through all our writing ideas.

This is something that has needed to be done for a while, but when we had the time, it was always just easier to keep writing. No planning involved.

Yet, Kris has a whole universe to figure out for her fantasy series and I have a huge timeline to figure out for my mystery series. Not to mention a lot of research and outlining for both my mystery series and my fairy tale retelling.

A couple of weeks ago we were at our local bookstore having a writing session. While I was writing the beginning of a new mystery thing with George and Lilah (I say “thing” because it was going to be a short story, but I think it’s actually turning into the beginning of another novel) Kris was trying to sort out her thoughts about her own series.

That’s when we decided that October 10th would be the day we would flush everything out (with occasional video game breaks, of course).

So today I’ll be working on multiple things:

1. Flushing out my mystery series: Creating the timeline and then putting all the books in order.
2. Figure out what I need to do for The Lost Girl such as research and other outlining and editing bits.
3. If I have time or need a break from the bigger projects, start brainstorming prompts for Short Story Sunday 2017 for NaNoWriMo.

It’s going to be a busy day, but I plan on Tweeting updates throughout the day. Here’s hoping I get a lot of work done! …And Kris and I don’t get too distracted by video games.

Have you ever had a day to just write and plan all day? How do you usually fit in your writing times around work? Let me know in the comments! 

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

13 thoughts on “A Day Off is a Day of Writing

  1. I usually try to take a couple of days off work during NaNo to knock out big chunks of my writing goal. Otherwise, I try to dedicate 5-8 hours to writing/revising after work and at least one large chunk of time on the weekends. Daily goals are difficult to keep for me 🙂

    1. If I had paid days off, I would totally do that. I do have a two-day work week the second week of November, so I’ll definitely take advantage of those days.
      Good for you for being able to use that time! Good luck.

  2. You seem to have crystalized your plans well. I, too look forward to days off, not necessarily to do something new or go somewhere, but to catch up with myself. At the end of the day I have a sense of accomplishment and a satisfied feeling.

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