A Typical Writing Session

If you’re anything like me then you will probably spend all day trying to find time to write. Then, when you finally get a couple of hours you can devote to your story, you find a million other things to do instead.

To prove my point, here is a graph I created when I should have been writing. It describes how I allocate my time during a typical 2 hour writing session.

I have the room to myself, everyone else is busy doing their own thing, the computer is mine, so why am I not writing?

About P.A.Baines

P.A.Baines writes computer programs for a living but would much rather be writing Christian speculative fiction, which he does whenever he gets the opportunity. Educated in Africa, he is studying towards a degree in Creative Writing through Buckinghamshire New University in England. He enjoys asking "what if?" but is tired of how speculative fiction deals with religion in general and the God of the Bible in particular. His stories are for Christians who enjoy science fiction but who normally avoid the genre because of its tendency towards an atheistic world-view. His aim is to write entertaining and thought-provoking stories that stretch the imagination, but which keep God in His rightful place as Lord over all creation. P.A.Baines is British but currently lives in a small corner of the Netherlands with his wife and two children and various wildlife. He spends what little spare time he has keeping fit, watching films, and playing computer games with his children. He does most of his reading via audio books, which he listens to while commuting to and from work on his trusty bicycle. He speaks reasonable Dutch and is in the process of learning French.

5 comments on “A Typical Writing Session

  1. I know exactly how you feel – in fact I today wrote a post on pretty much the same thing, complete with my own version of a time-wasting graph! Stuff like that weirds me out, but is comforting to know you’re not the only one I guess.

    Good luck with the less-graph-making-more-writing time.

    • Hi Lynsey. I just popped over to your blog, and what’s even weirder is that I was orginally planning to use a graph similar to the one you used, but changed my mind and opted for the bar graph.

      Thanks and good luck to you too. Obviously I need it because I should be writing right now…

      • No way! That is strange.

        I like the way your graph shows that you spend more time updating Facebook than checking it, but am afraid I’m probably the other way round. Do I need to know what EVERYBODY is doing? only when I’m meant to be writing 🙂

  2. Yep, those minutes do add up to exactly two hours.

    What’s interesting here is that I originally sat down this morning to update my Beyond the Charts website and put some more products on it, but instead I’m doing everything else.

    Why is it we do these other things when we have decided to do the very tasks that would be more beneficial to us?

    And the other night I was in the mood for writing and I let my wife get on the computer some so I wouldn’t hog it from her since I’d already been on for a while. Once she got off, it was late and I didn’t feel like plunging in any more.

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