Friends ask whether I find it difficult to sit down to write at home when there are so many distractions – washing to do, garden to weed, TV to watch.

I don’t!

When I enter my home office, I’m there to work. Actually, I start before that – while I’m in the shower. It’s a pity I live in the driest state of the driest continent on earth because I could do good work in the shower. But then again, I wouldn’t want to leave South Australia.

So, I start work around 7.30am and check emails, visit loops for an hour or so, then I move on – physically – to writing. I move away from my desk and into a comfortable chair in the corner of my office. I have to do this or I’d never get off the internet.

The radio is on for company, but once I start writing I become oblivious to what’s happening around me. I wouldn’t even notice the doorbell if the dogs – Monty and Phoebe – didn’t go berserk.

At midday my stomach tells me it’s lunch time and I take an hour’s break. It doesn’t take long to eat a Vegemite sandwich so I read for the rest of the hour.

After lunch, I write for a short time then lose steam so I deal with emails, do research and website updates.

Mid-afternoon, my husband arrives home from work (he’s a very early starter) and we take the dogs for a long walk in cool weather or swim in our pool in hot weather.

Exercise done, we relax on the verandah with a coffee and watch the rainbow lorikeets feeding in the palm trees at the end of the garden. I love this part of the day.

After the evening meal, I usually do something connected with writing – research, plotting, editing, or going to a writers’ group meeting.

Then finally, to bed, to think about the next day’s writing.

Claire Baxter’s Web Site

The Reviews are in:

Best Friend, Future Wife


Claire is giving away a copy of Best Friend, Future Wife to one lucky winner!  It is easy to enter and easy to win… below.

Find out more about Claire at The Pink Heart Society



Pin It on Pinterest

Share This