Monday, July 18, 2016

Weekday vs. Weekend Writing

As a working mother, my personal time during the work week is very limited. However, I do get an hour for lunch three days a week. (The other two days I only take a half-hour lunch so I can leave early and take my son to his activities.) I use my time to write. Depending on the day of the week and the type of activity, I also write while my son is involved in whatever he's doing that day. Finally, I write late at night, between my son's bedtime and my own. I generally don't have long periods of time available, so I have to focus if I want to make progress. (For example, I might write 500 words on my lunch hour, but if I get distracted, that might drop to 300 words or so.)

One would think I'd have more writing time on the weekend, but since my schedule is more variable then, that doesn't always happen. For one thing, I don't have a guaranteed lunch hour (or even half hour). Some days (like Saturday) are so busy I don't even get any writing done in the evening. On other days (like yesterday, when Alex was at a birthday party), I am able to get a longer chunk of free time to write. It feels more laid back, so I can be more easily distracted. Sometimes it helps to write elsewhere besides home. (That was my original plan for yesterday, but since a friend kindly offered to bring Alex home from the party, I didn't have to wait for him).

Does your writing schedule change much from weekday to weekend? If so, which type of day works better for you? Feel free to comment below.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I guess I do write at different time. When I am writing, it's a couple hours in the early evening after guitar practice. (Too distracting to write at work.) Weekends it's more likely to be late afternoon.

Pat Dilloway said...

Usually I write most on Saturday.

Sandra Almazan said...

Alex, at least that's not as extreme as switching from morning to evening writing.

Pat, if I'm not busy with other social events, I usually have to do laundry, clean the house, or run errands Saturday morning. Sometimes I have some writing time in the afternoon, but it's not always guaranteed.

Maria Zannini said...

When I worked in an office, I'd write on my lunch hours, but the weekends were harder for me because I had to catch up on everything I didn't do during the week.

My best time to write were in the wee hours of the morning before husband and beasties woke up.

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