Are my editor and/or agent reading this? Then this is my answer:
I tend to wake up bright and early with the sun. I eat a quick breakfast that I can hold in one hand while the other scrolls through all the work I put into the manuscript the day before. I allow myself one cup of coffee to make me alert, and then I jump to the end and start writing furiously. 10 minute break for lunch. 5 minute snack break. Fifteen minutes for dinner.
I would never even think of taking a day off, because I'm so focused and driven and such a good client.
Okay, are they gone? This is what it's REALLY like.
Wake up. Pray to the caffeine gods that my roommate has already made coffee and there's a fresh pot waiting in the kitchen. That only happens about 50% of the time. If there is coffee, getting out of bed is easy. If there is not, it's more of a struggle. It involves lots of grumbling, an inability to pull myself out of my room, occasionally walking into walls, getting distracted, forgetting what I was doing, etc. Eventually, I make my way into the kitchen and brew the coffee. And then, when I fall asleep while waiting for it to brew, I inevitably lose out on the first cup to my roommate. And everyone knows the first cup is the best.
After no less than two cups of coffee, I am finally awake. Typically, I break my writing stuff up into sessions. I'll either work off and on for a few hours, in between doing other things, or I'll be super diligent and start doing 30 minute stretches of NOTHING but work on my project. Whether it's Word or Scrivener, it goes on Full Screen and I'm not allowed to X out of it until I've reached my goal. Then I take a short break (usually 15-20 minutes) and repeat for several hours.
Most days, though, it's more relaxed. I'll try to get a bunch done early, before I realize that I'm actually awake and ruining my reputation by being productive before noon. I'll give myself a daily word goal to keep me motivated - if I have to go to the day job, then I will write about 1,000 words. Every other day it's 2,000. If I have other stuff to work on, like promo materials or answering emails, I try to sprinkle those out in between.
I live with another writer, and both of us work in our bedrooms, so if/when something catches our attention, we'll cross the hallway to talk about it. Most of the time this involves publishing news, something funny one of us saw on Tumblr, emails we've received, etc.
The goal is typically to be halfway done before the afternoon is over. So that way I can do a late night push and get the rest of my words in. If I have managed to get all my words written for the day, then I bump up my goal by 1,000 words.
If I get stuck, or I'm having a hard time with the writing/editing, I tend to clean a lot. I get manic and a little spastic, and so I'll start cleaning something in the kitchen only to move to the bathroom and start another project just to put that on hold to start vacuuming. It's a process. Sort of.
Usually once or twice a week, my roommate and I will go out to dinner (instead of throwing something together at 9pm because we both forgot about dinner) and end up talking writing, publishing, or whatever is going on with us at the moment. A lot of times those dinners out help either put things into perspective, or spark an idea on how to move forward.
Late night is really where I start to unwind. I don't end up writing so much, but I will scribble down notes for the next day if something occurs to me. Some of my favorite lines come out of context only to be worked in later.
And then I go to bed sometime late in the evening, only to get up and start it all over again!
He is the author of WITCH EYES, chosen as one of Amazon’s Best LGBT Books of 2011, as well as an ALA Popular Paperback in the Forbidden Romance category. The final book in the WITCH EYES trilogy, PHANTOM EYES, will be released in the fall of 2013.
He is also the author of MOONSET, a new series which will be released April 8, 2013, as well as a contributor to the SHADOWHUNTERS & DOWNWORLDERS anthology, edited by Cassandra Clare.
His career highlights include: accidentally tripping a panic alarm which led to nearly being shot by the police; attacked in a drive-thru window by a woman wielding a baked potato, and once moving cross country for a job only to quit on the second day.
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