What Does a Writer’s Workday Look Like?

April 8, 2022

Hello friends, today I took a tip from my blogging coach, Paul Taubman (aka Digital Maestro) from the Ultimate Blog Challenge (UBC) on Facebook. During our month long blogging challenges, he provides us with daily tips, reminders, and insight on how to use different blogging strategies. On this day, he asked, “As a blogger/writer, do you take the weekend off?” Good question, I thought. Here is how my writer’s journey workday has evolved into, and where I hope to be by the end of this year. 

 

Writing Journey Workday from 2018 to Present

  • Fall 2018 to Winter 2019 – Workspace in Portland, Oregon
    • Open 24/7
    • I was there usually M-F noon to 6pm with other people
    • Got on a constant writing schedule, but was often distracted with my new workspace friends
    • Started coming in later and on weekends to avoid distractions
    • Shutdown due to Covid
  • Spring 2020 to Fall 2020 – Writing from home
    • On my computer writing all day, so it seems
    • Family around to mingle with and interrupt writing
    • Difficult to maintain regular writing schedule, always finding things to do other than writing
  • Fall 2020 to Fall 2021 – Writing while traveling
    • At times, I was driving 8 to 10 hours, too exhausted to write on those days
    • Other times, I was too busy visiting with friends
    • When I was at my home base, I would have a chance to do a monthly UBC, but was busy the next month traveling
    • There seemed to be zero time to commit to writing while traveling
  • Winter 2022 to Present – Seeking a sacred writing space
    • While coffee shops, restaurants, and workspaces are slowly opening back up, like working from home or writing on the road, I am ready for a change from writing in those environments 
    • Many of my author friends discuss that they have sacred writing spaces where they have peace and quiet to channel the Spirit
    • Some of my author friends have specific places around the United States where they feel they have more nature, solitude, and are away from regular busyness
    • After driving 49 of 50 states (yet to explore Alaska), there have been three states that seem to tug on my heart or beckon my soul so to speak
      • Hawaii was the first state where I was able to conduct my doctoral writing that lead to me publishing my dissertation, there is a special place in my heart for that place
      • Arkansas was the second state where I encountered several angels who told me I have a special place to write there
      • Arizona was the third state where spirits kept giving me sign after sign that was the place to create my writings
      • However, since the end of January, my heart has led me to Texas
        • I came here to help a friend, and in turn, the friend is helping me
        • We are supporting one another in our respective personal transitions
        • This time has allowed me to reflect on my journey, plan how I want to proceed, and have time to work on enhancing my daily writing habits in a sacred workspace

 

Future Writing Workday and Conclusion

Throughout my writing journey, I have learned to follow my heart, listen to my gut, and use my brain as a resource to teach what I know through my written and spoken word. Every time I pray and ask, “where should I write,” the answer is always, “where I am.” Likewise, when I ask, “when I should write,” the answer is always, “when I am.” 

 

Simultaneously on my writing journey, I have been on a health and spiritual journey, and found that “I am love.” So when and where there is love, I will be in my sacred writing space. Which means virtually everywhere and anytime is perfect for writing. For now, I am planning on writing from several different locations. Which locations do you like to write? Please comment below. 

Sending lots of love and gratitude,

Dr. Jaime Brainerd

About the Author

Dr. Brainerd

Hello, I am Dr. Jaime Brainerd Ed.D., a lifelong learner, beauty consultant, author, financial specialist, artist, traveler, health enthusiast, and self care advocate. Please follow my website for my B.R.E.A.T.H.S. blogs.

2 thoughts on “What Does a Writer’s Workday Look Like?

  1. I write spontaneously at my work station, a station I have set up in my bedroom, and on my “patio of truth” table. I have a small notebook I write in when at work. I do the morning pages when able from where I sleep. Those sleeping locations are scattered around the house, as well. I love spontaneous simplicity.

    1. Hi Kate, I love all your writing stations and tips. Most of my writing is digital as handwriting causes pain. However, I use a couple different support devices such as a handheld Sony voice recorder, Google Docs Voice to Text app, Dragon Anywhere Voice to text app, and mostly I use Google Docs from all my computer devices (phone, tablet, laptop). I am learning to record my dreams using these tools and it is a fascinating journey. Much gratitude for your presence. Jaime

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