Sasha helping me write. Click to enlarge.

I often get asked, "When do you find time to write?" Or "what is your writing process?" Although I am a published author, I have yet to be successful enough to quit my day job to write full-time. So this is what my normal day looks like.

During the week before the sun rises and malevolent spirts still roam the night, my clock alarm wakes me at 4:30 a.m. I groan and roll out of bed, confused. It seemed that I had just fallen asleep. It takes me a while to get going in the morning, so while consuming enough coffee to energize an elephant to run a marathon, I read some Bible verses and check my emails, which usually consist of a new article from a blog I have subscribed to about self improvement. Then I meditate for about five minutes followed by half an hour of doing one of three things, depending on my mood: write, strength training, or yoga to help me get moving physically and mentally for the day. After playing with the cats for a few minutes, saying "goodbye" to my husband and Italian Greyhound, I head to the office in the dark. I love driving in the dark as there is less traffic and I'm not bothered by the glare of the sun.

What I like about my job is meeting interesting people, though I am an introvert. Working outside allows me time to muse over my writing, developing characters and story plot. I do get some writing done during lunch breaks or waiting for a customer to arrive home, and I can get a good amount of words written in five or ten minute sprints.

Currently, I am writing my first drafts with the good 'ol fashioned pen on paper, which helps me to focus on the story, then I type it on my computer when it's completed. At home I set aside a few hours before dinner prepared by my amazing husband to write and read a little fiction, often harassed, I mean helped by my cats. I watch very little TV, usually during dinner and after, depending on what's on. Then it's off to bed where I'll read a little more because I can't fall asleep right away.

And that, my friend, is a day in the life of a part-time writer. Not very exciting, but it gets the job done.

I'd like to know what you think or if you have any questions. Please add them in the comment section below. Have a great day!

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