Many people in my life have wondered what an author does throughout the day. I’ll warn you ahead of time, there is no glamour involved and sometimes I’m on the cusp of cabin fever, but at least I can make my own schedule. My schedule can change to fit my needs at a moment’s notice. If I want to go and visit friends, I can do that because my schedule is never set in stone.
My ex-boyfriend used to look at me with judgment as his alarm went off at 7 am and I just nuzzled deeper into his warm and suddenly vacant pillow. I’m not much of a human being in the morning and that’s usually because I’m up writing until two or three in the morning. I’m fairly certain my boyfriend thought that I was having a Stephen King marathon on Netflix and eating Lindt chocolates all day and he would only be half right.
Typically, I start the morning slowly; caffeine is the only thing that gets my eyes to stay open for long. I don’t even change out of my pj’s unless I have errands to run or have to drop my daughter off at school, so I’m not going to lie, there are days where I lounge around in my comfy clothes for a full day. Don’t judge! I turn the kettle on to make tea and I often spend the first part of my morning journaling and manifesting the things that I want in my life. It’s a great way to start the day because it puts you in a positive mood right away. From there, I get on my laptop and check my emails, start some social media posts and then it’s time to get creative, which is my favorite part of the day. Sometimes, it’s even hard to get out of that mood when my stomach starts to growl and the laundry starts to pile up.
I wasn’t always like this though; I used to get up at the break of dawn, hating my life because I despised mornings and my job. But one day I decided to work on my passion and you know what, it all worked out. Now, I write and blog with you wonderful people. It took a lot of hard work and a belief that I could do anything to accomplish it, but here I am holding a tea and in some of the warmest comfy clothes that I own.
As much as I love being an author working from home can be a pickle at times because it takes discipline to make it work. I have to constantly keep myself motivated, otherwise, the next thing that I know I’ll be bathing my pet gecko or sitting out on my porch drinking champagne. Seriously, these things have happened! Another problem I have is not going stir crazy because writing all day can be a lonely task. Depending on if my muse is working effectively that day, I can put a solid five hours of writing in, so that can make for some pretty lonely hours. I’m typically home alone for long hours and if the radio is not at least playing I feel a little kooky at times. What typically happens is that I will play episodes of Law & Order: SVU in the background, so it’s like I’m hearing people around me at all times. Yes, I know it’s weird, but it works. Plus, I get awesome inspiration for my thriller novels.
At the end of the day, I have a pretty awesome job and I’ve never once regretted for a moment to follow my heart and my passion. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else but clicking away on my laptop in my comfy clothes. The best any of us can do for our lives is to follow our passions and do what we really love. If any of you are thinking of taking the plunge and doing what you love, I support you and can attest that happiness is on its way to you.