In our WomenWhoWrite series, we interviewed some amazing female writers and when asked what a typical writing day looks like for them, here is what they said;
In case you missed it, you can read their full interviews here
Author, The Officers bride
A typical writing day includes a glass of water sitting beside me on the nightstand, a laptop sitting astride my lap, and me sitting up in the bed with pillows tucked behind the small of my back. It’s a process that begins around 10pm when the whole family is asleep and ends at about 3am. Sometimes, if I’m not careful, it could run into 6a.m. when it’s time to start a new day. I’ll usually have a headache to show for it the whole day.
Author, Small Print
I hardly write during week days because I work full time. A typical writing day on a weekend starts with me heading off to the café. I get there, grab a seat where I can gaze out the window and order a cup of latte. Then I start to write… and don’t stop until the café closes. I try to do this once a week.
Author, Love Rekindled
Very boring. I spend most of it in front of my laptop or more recently with my phone, type tapping away. Most often though, I do stuff in advance, like my blog and the stories on Naijastories, and they get automatically published. My writing is more demanding and it’s just the hard slog of typing and getting the story down.
Author, Burning Hurt
It’s funny, but when I want to write, especially when I was working on the manuscript for BH, I’d first write long hand, before I have it typed out. It is now, that I am training myself to just write straight, by typing my articles on my PC. My writing pattern too is very interesting. I can sit down all day, and just focus on writing several pages and chapters, and then for weeks, I will not touch the story again, until the writing itch bites. So, I’d say that a typical writing day for me, would be a whole day, spent writing/typing away on my PC.
Author, Nothing Comes Close
I work from home so that means I can be as flexible as I need to be. I can choose my own working hours, fit tasks around my family and other commitments. My day usually consists of juggling work around an active toddler, so that’s when I do the simple administrative tasks like sending emails. I do my writing and editing during the early hours of the morning when my household is asleep, and everywhere is quiet.
Author, Antonyms of a Mirage
I don’t write full time, so I don’t have particular days I write. I just write when I have an idea. The closest experience I have had with ‘writing days’ was when I was working on the contents of my second book, which I had been dragging for like 3 months. So I decided for a whole week, I wouldn’t leave the house, or do anything until I finish the first draft. It wasn’t so easy, because I had to discipline myself, and do some research. I had to put myself in some kind of box to get quality content out, which I didn’t really like cos I like to be free-spirited when I am writing, as you might have observed from my articles.