Some of the best advice I have ever heard for writers is this:
1. Get your very own writing space. Eliminate every distraction.
2. Write. A lot. Set a goal for each day.
3. Read as much as you can in your own genre.
At first I laughed. Then I felt like crying because most new writers still have another job, kids and no writing space. Finally I got realistic. I can do this. I do this. Everyday.
So before I examined my actual situation I thought I'd have a little fun. If I could hand mold my day to day writing world, this is a glimpse at what it would look like:
My job would be my writing. Nothing more, nothing less. I would write. A lot. At least ten pages per day. Around 2,000 words would be my goal. Some days I would write more, but never less.
I would have my very own writing sanctuary. Something like this...
On days I was stuck, I would write with my pretty purple pens.
On days I was not, I would use my pretty, pretty laptop. (Sadly mine looks nothing like this.)
I would go into this room, with my beautiful writing tools, close the door and shut the rest of the world out until my daily goal was met.
I would have time to put a dent in my out of control TBR pile. I could read and read and read because my writing would be done early in the morning, leaving plenty of time to read before the kids come home from school.