Writing is hard, but it's extra hard after honeymooning in Italy, not writing a single word for nine days, and flying home to Canada in a full-blown carb coma. (The gluten-free gods have blessed the Amalfi Coast, let me tell you.)
I've been back for a while now and while my pants are still tight, the writing -- finally -- is feeling loose and comfy again. It's also frequent.
This, more or less, is what my schedule has been like. (Not including weekends and Friday nights, which are a bit more -- ahem -- unpredictable.)
6:45 am: Wake up.
7:45 am: Take subway to work. Edit manuscript on my iPhone on subway. (My best editing discovery ever, btw. A must-try, if you can read small.)
8:30 am - 1:00 pm: Work. I eat my lunch while working. (I'm really into smoked-tofu sandwiches again.)
1 - 1:45 pm: Edit/write in Starbucks on laptop (while drinking that morning's cold coffee).
1:45 - 5 pm: Work.
5:30 - 6:00 pm: Edit manuscript on my iPhone on subway.
6:45 pm - Eat dinner. Catch up with very patient/understanding husband.
7:45 pm: Write new scenes. (No editing of old stuff allowed!)
9:00 pm: Watch Orange is the New Black or Under the Dome. Do back exercises.
10:00 pm: Read. (Currently: The Bell Jar)
11:00 pm: Sleep.
I know now that I have to write every single day to keep the ideas flowing -- and to stay in touch with my characters. Every writer with a full-time job (or family or both) knows how hard it can be to find balance, but when you love it (even though you also HATE it) it's worth it.