Writing Schedule for Monday Morning
Start up computer
Prepare to work on novel by setting out pens, notebook.
Change water in cat fountain
Check e mail
Check NYT.com headlines
Do not open articles as this now costs money
Read through Facebook
Get sweater from bedroom
Play with cat on bed
Make black tea
Wait while water boils
Sit down with tea at computer
Open New Novel folder
Open Outline document
Answer political survey phone call from a machine voice. Hang up on voice.
Why are the voices always named Susie?
Review previous notes made on outline
Print out a related file of notes made some time ago and nearly forgotten
Make reservation for weekend stay
View French cat video posted on Facebook
Share video with husband
Readjust cat in lap
Listen to husband giggle in his office as he watches cat video
Look at Outline document. Make notes about main character becoming a prominent figure at the end but having a heck of a time the rest of the way.
Take allergy medicine
Switch to blueberry tea
Print out directions for Saturday trip to Stanford.
Share directions via email to friend going along.
Share cat video with friends on Facebook.
Google for previous French cat video
Watch that video
Realize sound has been turned off, and rewatch both videos.
Check weather report for weekend
Admire bird in nest outside window. Share moment with cat
Check clock. Note time till lunch.
Look at outline again. Make notes on challenges main character will face/overcome
Note no new email yet
What role will character’s email play in novel?
Consider which would be better: more juice or more tea
Develop love interest for main character. Detail her quirkiness and allergies.
Minor character in book is overly fond of allergy shots
Change to raspberry tea
Wash juice glass
Does love interest wear mostly skirts or pants?
Check to see if email program is still working or stuck
Take Vitamin C
Check baseball game starting time for tonight
Make list of names for love interest
Pauline? Ponder sound of P names. Poppy (could be her name and her allergy)
2 new tweets
Consider M names: Morgan, Maisy, Melanie,
Consider putting in a load of laundry
Make sure cat’s water fountain is bubbling properly
C names: Cindy, Callie, Cat
Read email from Shannon
Could character’s name be Shannon?
Decide against doing laundry
Look at outline. Try to add one fresh idea to outline.
Characters will be anti smartphone
Comfort older cat crying for no identifiable reason
Look for large drawing pad to make a storyboard kind of outline.
Check to see who’s on Fresh Air today
No idea where that drawing pad is
Phones will play a role in novel: They will be evil. They will be lost and characters won’t care. They will not be highly regarded except by characters I make fun of. Really nasty characters carry more than one phone; wear two Bluetooth sets (Blueteeth?)
Consider early lunch
What will main character’s favorite foods be? What will he do for lunch, for example?
One of main character’s main friends is a vegan. Or maybe they all are. Adds good tension.
One character goes to Whole Foods every day and mixes the soups together for his lunch (character flaw). Others appalled, but curious.
Everyone in main character’s office is writing a novel.
Love interest has soup phobia
Get more tea
Does main character drink coffee or tea? Not coffee. Everyone but him drinks coffee.
Does love interest drink coffee? Allergic to coffee?
Possible chapter title: Tell Your Healthcare Provider Right Away If You Experience Any of These Symptoms.
Imagine myself having afternoon breakthrough on novel, hugging agent
Main character’s problems will be compounded by gossip from other people’s blogs.
At one point in novel, someone in main character’s waiting room forgets to turn off cell phone
There’s a special seat for these people
Take break for lunch (after final email check, 4 new tweets)