A Thrilling Example of My Day as a Writer
7:15 am: I have what’s called a Zen Alarm Clock, which consists of a series of solitary chimes at pre-planned intervals. It chimes once, softly, then again 3 ½ minutes later, then again about 2 minutes after that. Again and again and again…each increment gets smaller until the body recognizes the sound and awakens naturally; or, at least in a more natural way than rousing suddenly to a shrieking alarm. The one hiccup in my zen-awakening is that my dog, Duet, without fail, hears that first chime and proceeds to stomp on my head, rendering the remaining succession of chimes pointless. I assume the creators of the Zen Alarm Clock had not accounted for canine bedfellows.
8:30 am: I consume breakfast – usually granola with almonds and sliced bananas. Blueberries are sometimes substituted for the bananas, but not often. Very large cup of coffee.
8:30 am - 11:30 am: I write as much as possible. If I’m writing a novel, I don’t limit myself; I just keep going until I can’t go anymore. If I’m writing a screenplay, I often limit myself to 5 pages a day. That way, I know I’ll have a draft in 3 weeks.
11:30 am - 11:45 am: I pace around my apartment and eat some kind of snack, while pacing; it’s usually goldfish crackers or whatever salty, crunchy treat my wife has provided for my pacing-time.