What Do Writers Do All Day?

If you’re not a writer, you might wonder what we do all day. If you are a writer, you might wonder, “Am I the only one who does this stuff all day?”

So here’s what I did yesterday:

  1. WhatchaDoinWashed the bathroom rugs. Also the bathroom floor.
  2. Went to a meeting about books. Reading, not writing or selling.
  3. Read and sent emails, some about the book business.
  4. Messed around on Facebook and Twitter, some messing having to do with the book business.
  5. Wrote about ten words on my WIP (Work In Progress).
  6. Cooked.
  7. Ate.
  8. Wrote a blog post for this blog. Wrote and set up a blog post for today at Fatal Foodies.
  9. Watched an episode of The West Wing, an episode of Lost, and an episode of Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor. This all counts as research and training.
  10. Played Minecraft.

You’ll notice there was no drinking involved. This is an omission I deplore, but there are only so many hours in a day.

My post today at Fatal Foodies is about baked salmon paprika. Tomorrow, on this blog, I’ll post about what I did with the leftovers.

The deadline on that WIP is rapidly approaching. If you believe I can finish it in time, clap your hands. Oh, say you believe!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What does your main character do all day on a typical day?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “What Do Writers Do All Day?

  1. Joey

    April 12, 2016 at 9:21am

    I didn’t drink yesterday either. Goodness, Marian, what’s wrong with us, washing rugs instead of cutting them? πŸ˜‰
    This writer will be reading most of today and she’s super happy about it!

    Re: that salmon, I got a pot of noodles in there, and I think it wants me.

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  2. Jane

    April 12, 2016 at 9:48am

    Please don’t ask me what I did yesterday, because it ain’t worth mentioning.
    So congrats to a day well spent.

    We believe you can finish that WIP in time!
    In fact, we know you can!

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  3. Dan Antion

    April 12, 2016 at 10:01am

    I didn’t drink either. I don’t drink a lot on workdays because, if I drank in response to work, I might drink a lot. I tend to drink on weekends.

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      Marian Allen

      April 12, 2016 at 1:58pm

      I generally drink on Thursday. Wait, let me rephrase: I go to my writers’ meeting on Thursday, which is held at Point Blank Brewing, and some of us meet early for dinner before the meeting, and I generally have a beer. So, that.

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  4. Holly Jahangiri

    April 12, 2016 at 3:28pm

    One MIGHT get the impression, reading this, that writers do just about anything BUT write. Ahem. 10 words a day vs the deadline? I want to clap loudly, Tinkerbell, but you’re going to have to aim higher tomorrow – think you can manage 50 or so?

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  5. Carol Preflatish

    April 12, 2016 at 3:45pm

    Thank goodness I’m not the only one with days like that. Ten words, eh? Sounds about normal. LOL

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  6. Barbara Greer

    April 13, 2016 at 4:23pm

    LOL….you did rugs and I washed towels and CPKs (Cabbage Patch Kids) still residing in Jessica’s old room, that we’re cleaning out. Know anyone who wants to adopt any Cabbage Patch Kids. As for my main character, she’s currently trying to escape, and has me totally stalled on the next step. Sun’s out, so it time to walk Dennis, and Chase our big black lab. Have a fun week.

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      Marian Allen

      April 14, 2016 at 9:38am

      Remember when “Patchy Kids” were collectors’ items? Remember when grown-ups were knocking each other down to get them?

      My characters have had me stalled and — what a wonderful coincidence! — I sent one of them out on a walk and the jam broke!

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  7. Kirizar

    April 13, 2016 at 8:03pm

    I will ensure that I do not forget the most important step–the drink of inspiration. At the rate I am going, I will be quite drunk before I am published.

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      Marian Allen

      April 14, 2016 at 9:40am

      Heee! I drink the drink of inspiration once a week, when I go to my writers’ meeting at a brewpub and have a beer and — and this is the important bit — talk story for hours!

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      • Barbara Greer

        April 14, 2016 at 1:41pm

        Is that what I need to do, drink something with a little kick to pull my brain back into my plot? I should gather with others to talk story, but that’s different than poetry talk. My absence at a gathering of minds feels like decades ago, and probably has been a decade. Guess I ought to start with wine first.

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  8. Patricia Stoltey

    April 18, 2016 at 1:21pm

    Your days are so much like mine! Lately I’ve spent hours just supervising the cat and dog and watching them get used to each other — the dog is the new addition to our house. I don’t think I’ve ever been so royally entertained (and I love the new excuse to procrastinate).

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      Marian Allen

      April 18, 2016 at 1:59pm

      Oh, Patricia, watching a cat and dog make friends is MOST entertaining! Think of it as research. Everything is research!

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