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What do you do when you’re not writing?

Of course, most of us writers are not fortunate enough to have landed a publishing contract that allows us to give up our full time jobs, so work takes up most of our time, leaving very little for writing as it is, but sometimes we want, or need, a break from writing too, so what do you do when you aren’t writing? I’d love to know!

Personally, I’m one of those with a full time job, and as it’s in the NHS it can be very intense, leaving little time for anything else.

But, on saying that, I some how manage to squeeze in a heck of a lot. Hence, the former title of this blog was ‘Day in the life of a busy gal’ (maybe I should have kept that title?).

Anyhoo, as well as writing I read, a lot, I’m just about to start my 14th book of 2018. If you are interested in what I’ve been reading this year you can add me on GoodReads and you can even follow me as an author there too.

I also do a lot of studying, I’m currently training to be a Pilates instructor (another of my many activities is attending Pilates classes), in addition to that I’m studying Management Accounting, as my current role involves a lot of financial work gaining a qualification to support my skills will be helpful for career advancement, and I’m one of those rare, sad, people that actually enjoys finance haha. I like to use Futurelearn for free courses, for fun – yes, I’m that sad I study for fun!

Crochet is another hobby I’ve picked up in the last year. I’ve always been creative in many ways, I draw, paint, sew and make things often, but one thing I can’t do is knit, so I was rather impressed that I taught myself how to crochet. I’ve not picked up my hook for a few weeks, but you can see some of my previous creations on my Facebook craft page (sock monkey’s galore as well as crochet!).

I’m not massively social, but I do enjoy spending time with family and friends, and supporting them in their activities, my partner is in a band Last Agony, and one of my best friends runs a weightloss group that I help out with (go give them a like!).

And what ‘busy gal’ wouldn’t be always looking out for the next challenge, or something new to try? Yeah, I love a challenge. So far this year I’ve already completed a daily Pilates challenge, a 5k run for the Stroke Association, and I’m currently doing a 50 mile race at your pace challenge for March, with plenty more ideas for the rest of the year.

Well, enough about me!

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Do you have any suggestions of new challenges/things for me to try this year? 😊



Self-published author whose first book Coffee Break Companion, a collection of short stories and poems is now available on Amazon. S.L.Grigg lives in Bromsgrove with her family. Working in the NHS and enjoying reading, Pilates and travel, amongst other things when she isn't too busy writing.

8 thoughts on “What do you do when you’re not writing?

  1. If I am not writing I am reading, thinking about books, thinking of my list of to-dos including the courses I have signed up to on Futurelearn whilwhiled getting sucked into the world of social media.


  2. Oh there is just so much to do!!! I have books bursting off shelves that I want to read. There are crochet, craft and sewing kits, reiki healing manuels and juggling balls all tucked in draws. Daily Om, Future Learn, do it yourself and 30 day courses stacked up in my inbox. Parenting books, home schooling articles, cleaning schedules, child development and montessori articles, and decluttering challenges hovering in my favourites bar or on Pinterest. Social media? Yup all of em… ALL of them to be tended to followed, written, shared, formatted! Netflix series waiting to be watched, my middle grade fantasy novel waiting to be written, and planned, and researched. Flash fiction challenges to do and read and share, lists and lists of writing competitions and submission opportunities (oh hang on that’s writing anyway…). And my family to love, my little ones to cherish while they’re little!! And that’s not even considering ‘work’ (as if all that isn’t). Isn’t life so rich and full!!
    Plus friends and visits and exercise – oh yeah a 30 day yoga Challenge ….

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