It is very hard to get motivated when you are working from home in lockdown. Keeping a routine kind of helps. My daily schedule now involves getting up, having copious cups of strong, black coffee, then getting myself and my toddler washed and dressed – if I stayed in pyjamas all day, this would send a subliminal message to my brain to switch completely off! I then check and respond to work emails while simultaneously trying to entertain a toddler and deal with the builders fixing the back wall of our house, which was overgrown with an invasive species of ivy. We then go out for our daily exercise at the local park and if the weather is especially nice, I will work in the garden while the babe plays up until lunchtime. That leaves my lunch break and late afternoon from 3pm onwards for writing time – if Netflix doesn’t get the better of me first!
Writing-wise, I have been motivated to chip away at my sequel for Gods of Avalon Road. The much-needed kick up the bum came in the form of recent positive feedback from readers to say that they couldn’t put it down and to ask if there would be more in the series. Just what a despondent-writer-with-lockdown-blues needs to hear!