I was at a writers conferencre this past Saturday. Several of us were talking about how we began our day of writing. It started me thinking about what's the very best way for me to begin a productive day, and why it is so beneficial. So what makes a Utopian writing day for me?
The first thing is an early morning. I need to be at my computer, coffee in hand no later than 6:15. I love it. Still dark. The city lights of Tampa continue to wink at me as they did the night before. Everything quiet except my coffee maker finishing its sputtering from producing the delectable brew.
Ah, the computer awaits. Again, quiet in my sun room. Jeeves, my cat, has been fed and sits on my computer ready to be part of Utopia. I move him to my side in the hopes he'll stay awhile before insisting my lap is more comfortable.
On to email, facebook and blog stats for just a little while. Need to get to serious work. Sometimes, if Utopia is in full swing, I don't notice it's become light outside, and inside lamps need darkening.
As the day progresses, my manuscript takes such good form. Everything simply falls into place. No words that won't come. No block. No realizing I must go back and rewrite this or that. Yep. Utopia in action.
By the time late afternoon sneaks up, I've happily finished a large section of my latest manuscript, I've marketed my latest book with great success, and I've been asked to conduct an intensive for a large conference. (Remember, it's my Utopia.)