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My Writing day

A young family and demanding role as vicar of a bustling urban church make for a hectic writing life for Rev Matt Woodcock, as he tells Lynne Hackles

Ialways said when I got ordained that I wanted to be the kind of vicar who was first up for prayers and last in the bar!’ says Matt Woodcock, author of Becoming Reverend (Church House Publishing). Now he’s a busy minister when does he find time to write?

‘It’s not easy when you’re juggling a demanding job and five-year-old twin girls. I’ve always been an early riser and late finisher so that helps. On a typical day I try to write first thing in the morning and last thing at night. If I’ve a book or major writing assignment on the go, I will get up at about 6.15am and squeeze two hours in before my working day begins. I tiptoe past the twins’ bedroom praying they won’t wake, and cycle down to my local Costa in Hull city centre. It’s the first coffee shop to open at 6.30am. I order a medium Americano with hot milk, grab a seat at my favourite table, say my prayers and read a Bible reflection for about twenty minutes. Then the writing begins. For quite a chaotic person, I write best within this fairly regimented morning structure. I often write sermons and other assignments at my favourite café later in the day.

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