Today was our time change, over to daylight savings time. Not my favourite thing, for many reasons, but it mostly affects my schedule for writing.
In winter I wake to an alarm clock that includes a light. The light gradually brightens, mimicking the sunrise. In summer I don’t need it because I wake with the sun. Before today, the sun had been waking me up so I haven’t set my alarm in a couple weeks. That’s going to change again. Now the sun doesn’t come up until after 7 am, my “normal” wakeup time. Nope, my body thinks it’s 6 am, and getting up wasn’t easy.
Today I didn’t set my alarm, I let myself wake when the sun came up and the puppy jumped on my bed. Needless to say, I lost an hour of my day. Knowing today would be atypical, I simply allowed myself to follow my routine as closely as I can without worrying about the time. one advantage to not having children to worry about is I can adjust my schedule however I want, as long as the horses needs are met.
Usually I get up and eat and meditate. My guy looks after the horses first thing, so I can focus on writing. I write for a good hour, maybe more if I’m on a roll. After that, I relax and usually play some video games to rest my mind. I love story based games, so I can immerse myself in an adventure. After that I’ll write for another good hour or so, usually on a second story. When I’m done my writing, I’ll practice other skills for my next future career.
With an hour gone, I did my morning routine as normal, and simply moved my studying time to later. It’s been windy, so things I’d normally do I simply set aside for another day.
Do I wish they’d scrap the daylight savings time? Of course. The animals don’t change times unless we adjust their schedules on them. Spring is harder on us because we lose sleep, but easier on the animals because food comes earlier. Fall is easier on us, but harder on the animals.
I write best when I have a set schedule I can follow, and a bit of a routine. I’l work on my personal stories during the day as I have time and feel like it, but the books I’m publishing I have my morning time for.
What about you? When do you write? Is it something you prioritize in your schedule or something you sneak in every moment you can? The best part is there’s no right or wrong way to write, just the way that works best for each of us. Happy writing!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.