My Perfect Day

My perfect day wouldn’t be spent at my home. In fact, it wouldn’t be spent in my town, my state or my country. My perfect day would probably be spent on a tropical island in the Caribbean in a beautiful home with lots of views facing the ocean. I would share this home with other writers because the home would be part of a writers’ retreat.

I would get up late, probably around 10 in the morning, take a long walk on the beach and then an outdoor yoga class.

After a light breakfast, I would return to my beautiful house, sit at my desk with a legal pad and pencil and write for 4 hours. Every 30 minutes I take a break and stretch and walk up and down the stairs from floor-to-floor for a little exercise. Other writers would be working in other parts of the home so I would feed off of their energy.

After my 4 hours were up, I’d have a light lunch and then take my bicycle for a long ride on the beach. Then I’d take a 30-minute nap. Afterwards I’d gather myself for “Open Mike Night,” in which we writers would congregate to give a reading on something we had written that day or previously. Dinner would follow.

Every other day the routine would be a bit different because we would attend a couple of craft classes and have lively debates on different craft issues.

My “perfect day” would be a few months long, giving me enough time to either finish a draft of my second novel, or at least getting me well on my way to finishing it.

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Lisa Braxton

Lisa Braxton is an Emmy-nominated former television journalist, an essayist, short story writer, and novelist. Her debut novel, The Talking Drum, is forthcoming from Inanna Publications in spring 2020. She is a fellow of the Kimbilio Fiction Writers Program and a book reviewer for 2040 Review. Her stories and essays have appeared in literary magazines and journals. She received Honorable Mention in Writer’s Digest magazine’s 84th and 86th annual writing contests in the inspirational essay category. Her website:

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