The Lunchtime Writer part 1: Introduction

I’m starting a new series on my blog. The catalyst was this story making the rounds in late 2020: the tl;dr is that one man became quite upset upon discovering that, after his writer wife had promised to put aside writing to look after their baby, she had in fact written a book on her lunch breaks, and he felt this was a dereliction of duty.

My response? “Hang on, I’m a lunch-break writer, and I can tell you that it’s more than possible to get a 100k novel draft written in about seven months, leaving you the rest of the year to revise and edit and maybe do a few short stories.”

After a while, I got the impression that it might be useful to write a few short blog posts about the discipline of Lunchtime Writing from my own perspective: what I do, when I do it, how to set goals and stick to them, what other Lunchtime Writers do or have done, and so forth. So, here we go!

A couple of points as we begin:

1/ As I hope to expand in the next post, I’m not defining a Lunchtime Writer as someone who writes exclusively at lunchtime! Anybody whose writing practice involves daily (or work-daily) short bursts of prose, of the sort that could, potentially, take place at lunchtime, counts.

2/ I’m not going to tell you how to Get Rich through being a Lunchtime Writer. It’s possible to do so– Jacqueline Wilson is a Lunchtime Writer— but whether you write commercially salable fiction in your lunch breaks is entirely up to you, and there are a lot of other blogs that will tell you how to write for profit. I will say that it’s a good way to achieve your writing goals, and whether these involve writing massive bestsellers or incredibly literary novellas is up to you.

Right– off we go then!