A TYPICAL WRITING DAY, IN STEPS
I've published 12 novels. Shouldn't this be easier by now?!
- •Wake up. Immediately think about the fact that I need to write at some point, feel dread.Usually this happens before I even am out of bed.
- •Do morning stuff: workout, errands, family obligations.I don't write before noon, usually. I first began writing when I had a morning job and waited tables at night, so my brain is trained for afternoons. But if I am near end of book or have no other chance that day, I buckle down whenever I can.
- •Lunch.Getting closer now. Dread increasing.
- •Read and/or take power nap.Have to reset somehow.
- •Sit at computer. Eat a piece of chocolate. Allow 10-15 minutes on internet. Then tell myself to stop stalling and get to it.
- •Open current document. Try to breathe. Go back to what I wrote yesterday and edit it.
- •Ideally, this editing flows me right into writing new stuff. On bad days, this is slow or happens not at all. On good one, hours pass and I don't even realize it.
- •Look at clock (good or bad day), realize I have Written and can now stop!The best part of the day.
- •Repeat the next day, until book is done.