Lunchtime Writing-This thing I’m doing


So.  I started this new thing; everyday I take my laptop and I go off somewhere during my lunch hour and I write.  At best I get 45 minutes of writing time, but it’s 45 (figuring 10 for travel, 5 for ordering) minutes that I wouldn’t otherwise have, so it’s worth it.

So far, I’ve used this little writing break to create:

  • New blog posts for this site
  • My post for Grasping for the Wind
  • My post for
  • Editing of my short story (tentatively titled ‘Cahill’s Homecoming’)
  • Writing of that same short story
  • Light editing of my novel, Sam Kane (kinda hard to get into novel mode with only 45 minutes)

The idea here is to never have a day when I don’t get AT THE VERY LEAST, 45 minutes worth of writing time in.  If you’re going to be a writer (and I am), you have to write and you have to do it every single day.

This lunch break is my way of making that happen – what’s yours?


4 comments for “Lunchtime Writing-This thing I’m doing

  1. August 25, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I do a fair amount of lunch writing, but I’m most productive at one particular restaurant. It’s not the quietest place I’ve been to, but the staff knows me and keeps my (unsweet) tea glass full while I add ink to Moleskine.

    • Patrick Hester
      August 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      I’ve been jumping around from place to place, trying to find decent spots. So far the best is Tokyo Joes – IF I can find a place to park. Second best has actually been this tavern/dive just up the street from work – they always have ‘quiet corners’ and, similar to you, keep my Mt Dew full…


  2. September 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I can type at my desk. Thankfully. Bring my lunch every day, get almost a full hour. Sometimes type on my breaks too, and on the BART. Sometimes I’m too tired to do anything but stare at the screen. Those times I do something else. I don’t want to accidentally delete something.

    • Patrick Hester
      September 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm

      What I’ve learned is that, if I am at my desk, people just assume I’m available and working. If I tell them I am at lunch and ask if I could call them when I’m done, they stare at me blankly and act as if I’ve just sacrificed a baby to the Mayan rain god Chaac.

      So, I have to get out if I want to be free from distractions and get anything accomplished. Thus far, it’s working well.


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