Some people think I have it easy working from my own home and some people don’t see how I do it. They can’t imagine having distractions all around you, such as the phone, the internet, the television, the bed, and the kiss of death–the lure of a shopping mall just minutes away. My truth lies somewhere in between.
To set the record straight, let me say that it helps that I love what I do. I love creating stories, and getting it down on paper. I’m not good with plot, so I have plot buddies, accomplished authors and friends who help me every step of the way, and vice-versa. It’s amazing how problems can be solved when four heads collaborate on a single idea and work it out. I love them and they have become some of my closest friends.
Next, let me say the creative process is WORK. Writers are some of the hardest working people I know. We can spend sixteen hours a day on the job, working nights and weekends. Last week, I worked every minute of my birthday up until hubby rescued me and took me to a lovely dinner. The truth? I didn’t mind. Having that day to catch up on my work was a blessing and I went to dinner that night, knowing I’d caught up on the pressing things that were haunting me.
I’m a goal-setter and I only get frustrated when I don’t get achieve my daily goals, whether it be edits, working on revisions, developing a synopsis or putting down a certain word count for the day. I write between 1000 to 1500 words a day and that’s equivalent to 4-6 pages of the book. But lately, due to four young princesses who came into my life recently, I don’t write every day, I put on my other hat to watch them. So, I write every other day, and usually the weekends. This is an especially busy time for me. I’ve had three irons in the fire lately, working on different projects with staggered deadlines. It’s a quite crazy.
Here’s a bit of what my Friday was like:
At the computer at 7 am.
Composed 2 letters to my editor regarding changes to my synopsis/revisions on a continuity book
Read through 80 emails and answered some of them.
Helped promo some of my friends’ releases with tweets/shares on FB.
Composed a Facebook Ad of my own and published it.
Checked the sell status of two of my books on sale.
Ate breakfast at my desk.
Now to begin the REAL work– Spent five hours proof-reading and polishing my novella Claim Me, Cowboy, set to release in September and sent it off to editor. Whew! (My eyes are tired by now)
Ate a late lunch.
Commiserated with two authors regarding our books “bible”. We each have one brother’s story to tell.
Showered and dressed before hubby got home. (I know, this is crazy, but time got away from me)
Checked emails again.
Made dinner. Watched a movie and spent a few hours with hubby.
By 9 PM -Back at the computer, rereading and sorting through the continuity series “bible.” Making notes so I can write the synopsis first thing on Saturday morning.
In bed by 11:30 PM.
This was an atypical day as I didn’t have a word count to accomplish, because I’d just finished a book and I was getting ready to start another one. Some days, all I want to do is write. Those days are luxuries, because the whole process requires so much more. Some authors will say, “I can’t NOT write.” That’s me. I love the process, but along with it come a zillion other things.
I used to write to see if I could, then I began to think maybe I could sell my stories, and then once I did, it became about possibly earning a living at it. And now, I’m at the point where all I want to do is please my readers. I want people who read my stories to enjoy them and close the book with a sigh. And I’m not alone. I think that’s why writers work so darn hard. We are, in essence, entertainers and thought provokers. And we want our stories to be loved.
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