What is everyone's schedule like and how do you squeeze in writing time?

I thought this might give us some insight on each other when we start wondering, “When in the world is he/she going to post an update??”

I get up at 6:30 M-F and I get home from my job at 5:30.

From 5:30 to 9, it is all about making dinner, help kiddos with homework, do baths and read bedtime stories.

I try to write at least an hour in the 9 to 11 window, but sometimes I get hooked into an awesome show like “Arrow.” Then time for sleep and repeat. My only 2-4 hour writing chunks happen on weekends.

Anyone else want to share?

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Your schedule is similar to mine actually. I am home from work at 4pm, spend time with my wife (we’re newlyweds) until 6. Then I write or read until 8 or 9. On the weekends, I carve out 3-5 hours to write.

Games are my biggest drain on productivity. I downloaded Hearthstone and feel like I have lost an hour a day to it.

I work 8:30 till 4:45 m-f. I get home about 5:15 then spend time with my son till 7pm then try and write between 7-9 but that time is eaten into by reading and games too.

I usually write from 11AM - 8PM, 7 days a week.


That is impressive.

I figure if I do it now, I’ll be able to do it later :stuck_out_tongue:

I’m unemployed, so I pretty much have the same schedule as @Samuel_H_Young, maybe with the writing extending as late as midnight, depending on how my creative juices flow. Only exception is that I’m currently living in a GMT+2 timezone, so I do most of my writing while North America is asleep.


trust me when you have a kid a lot of that free time will vanish lol

Nice! I now consider writing my career :slight_smile:

Yeah :stuck_out_tongue: I’m trying to prepare for that

I finished Uni and have moved across the country for the moment. I’m saving for a house to return back across the country again next year hopefully.

I work ten hour shifts, so I don’t really get much time to write thesedays. Between the shifts, a small spot of gaming and generally working even more, I’ve pretty much put every writing project on hold.

Might change when I move again though. :slight_smile:


I’ve ordered a small portable laptop to help improve my writing time. The theory is with that I can at least sit on the sofa with it and my son can sit beside me if he wants so will be less likely to want to bother me lol

Good :slight_smile:

Unemployment here too. I write about an hour in the morning because I usually get up late and when I get up earlier I don’t want to write because I sit in front of my laptop too much as it is. After the lunch, I write another hour. Then it’s off to working in the vineyards the whole afternoon (I don’t count that as a job as I am not getting payed since it is a family business). Around six, I am home and write to eight. After the dinner, I am writing from nine to eleven.

When I say “writing”, mostly I mean blankly staring into a blank screen due to the writer’s block.

I just started working 8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri. But how that really works out is that I get up at 6am and get home around 5:50-6:15pm, depending on traffic. So the first 12 hours of my day are all work related. That leaves 4 hours for everything but work and sleep, and very often that four hours disappears on things other than writing.

I do have weekends though, but every second Sunday I spend the day on two of my other hobbies; miniature wargaming and Magic: the Gathering.

I think once I get more used to full-time work, it will be easier to write more often, but I’m having a bit of trouble fitting everything in right now.

My schedule is something like Mon, Wed, Thurs 2 pm to 10 pm, Fri 10 am to 10 pm and Sat, Sun 10 am to 7 pm. Not much time to work on this at home so I do most of my writing during work hours, sneaking in a few hundred words every hour or so. Helps that I have some free time and writing this makes me look busy :slight_smile:

So you’re the only one who gets payed while writing :wink:

I’m similar to most of you. I work until 5, then write for about an hour each night (apart from Mon and Weds when I go to Korean classes in the evenings). At weekends I usually go to a coffee shop and spend a few hours writing. This is always my most productive time.

I’m a freelancer and don’t really have regular work hours, so I can decide to get in some writing pretty much anytime unless I have a lot of work (unfortunately not often the case). I tend to get writer’s block a lot, though, so mostly I use free time to work on other personal projects or play League of Legends. :stuck_out_tongue:

I am a truck driver, I team with my son. We drive coast to coast. So I do the night shift 12 hours 7 days a week on average. Not much free time to write as I work 3 to 4 weeks at a time before going home for two days. I write when I get the chance.

My props to all you writers and the amazing stories you give us to love (and maybe hate) :slight_smile: