Thank you to everyone for the wonderful birthday wishes on Saturday! I had a great day and I felt special. :)
L is for Life of a Writer
I know there are those writers who wake up before the sun and write for hours. I am not one of those authors. In my opinion there are two kinds of authors: the crack-of-dawn writers and the midnight-oil-burning authors. I burn the midnight oil.
While I eat breakfast I check my email. Usually there is anywhere from 10-25 emails waiting for me in my inbox. I also check my author Facebook page, my personal stuff, and my horoscope. Yes, I like to read my horoscope even if they are wrong.
On Tuesdays, I share my weekly blog post and read a few blogs. I do this again if I have a guest later in the week (Friday or Saturday). For my blog, I plan out every post a year in advance. Yup, that’s right—I already know what I want to post on my blog for 2015. And right now I am half way through writing my posts for this year. What can I say? I am a planner. If I didn’t plan I’d be ripping my hair out. But having my posts pre-written doesn’t mean they aren’t fresh or up-to-date when I post them. I always add and eliminate things from my posts when I post them.
I mostly work through lunch with my plate of food at my elbow. I take a bite and chew-chew-chew as I type on my keyboard. I wish I could say I spend all day working on my stories, but blogging, promoting Hurricane Crimes, and editing takes up a lot of my time. When I do write (or attempt to write), it’s usually from lunchtime to dinnertime and then after dinner to eight o’clock at night when I check all my social media sites one last time and take a peek at Amazon for new reviews. Then I turn off my computer to unplug for the night and pick up my notebook and pen. Whatever I write during the night in my notebook, I type the next day.
This is my typical day as a writer. Some days I can pound out pages. Other days I struggle. Most days I see authors on Facebook who share how many words/page/chapters they accomplished and I want to beat my head against my desk. I always wonder how they write as much as they do. But I know how . . . I write with perfectionism. I can’t help it! Even while writing my first draft I am trying to make it as perfect as possible so when I do my first round of edits it’s not so disastrous. I wish I could just let the words flow without a thought, but I literally don’t know how. So it may take me longer to finish my first draft than other writers, but my editing may possibly go faster. ;)
See? Writing isn’t all that glamorous. My friends, and especially my family, think I am boring. Whenever they call and ask what I’m doing, the answer is always the same, “Writing.” They laugh and I can only image that they think I have no life. What they don't understand is that I HAVE to write, and I choose to write. Writing is my life!
QUESTION: What’s your typical day like (as a writer)?
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