Wednesday, August 12
Writers are often asked what a typical day is in the life of a writer is like. I think the public often views us as lounging around in our mansions with cucumbers on our eyes and someone massaging our feet while we dictate our book to a hapless typist. Perhaps this is the life for some writers (though somehow I doubt it) but for most us it goes something more like this:
Wake up to blaring alarm (or crying/squealing children), wander aimlessly in kitchen to make lunches, drink caffeine (in format of choice), and mentally run through day’s to-do list. Juggle family with possible day job and writing deadlines not to mention vet appointments, PTA meetings and the occasional flat tire.
To some, writers may seem awfully glamorous, but in realty we are so very normal. Okay that might be stretching it a little as writers are notoriously neurotic, but when it comes to day-to-day life, we are quite average.
So what does my typical day look like? I had a much better answer for this when I had a full-time job outside of writing. Then I had a much more concrete schedule. I went to work, I came home, I wrote for about 2 hours, end of story. Now that I write full-time things don't really work in a scheduled sense, at least not everyday. I prefer to write in the mornings, and most of the time I manage this, but when life doesn't lend itself to that I end up writing in the afternoons or evenings. Regardless, the writing gets done. I don't so much do a time limit as well as a page goal. I try to stick to weekly page averages rather than a daily goal because some days are better than others because of the flow of the story or days when I have to stop and brainstorm. So I aim for 30-40 pages a week. I don't always write on the weekends, but I don't always take the weekends off either. How's that for a schedule?
I think the main thing for me is writing everyday (when I'm working on rough draft, that is). When I'm doing that first draft it's VERY easy to lose focus and lose the "feel" for the characters, especially when I'm just getting a hold of that "feel". Writing consistently, even if it's only a page, keeps my head in the story and allows me to not lose my footing. I find that if I do this, the writing flows better and the characters are more consistent when I'm done with the draft. Makes revisions easier.
But what if you're having a difficult time making time for writing or making it a priority? I think this is the number one struggle of most would-be writers and aspiring novelists. It’s challenging to reconcile the wanting to write and the fact that writing (once you get started) is far more challenging and often less fun than you first expect. Don’t get me wrong it is the best job in the world, but I never actually expected it to be quite so difficult. In any case if you’re struggling with the priority of writing, here’s a trick I suggest that worked very well for me.
They (who are these people anyways?) say that it takes 21 consecutive days to make or break a habit. So with that in mind I joined a challenge called the 100words/100days challenge whereby I pledged to write a minimum of 100 words for 100 consecutive days (including weekends or birthdays or holidays or whatever else is in the mix.) By doing so I realized that I didn’t have to have a block of time to get writing done and by staying in the story, the book flowed much better. I succeeded in the challenge and completed my 100 days and some days I write exactly 100 words, but most of the time those 100 words got me into the story and away I’d go. It’s been years since I did this challenge, but I still stand by the lessons I learned.
Today has been filled with answering emails, twittering, doing this guest blog (as well as writing another), reading something for critique and doing some brainstorming on my next book. I’m itching to start writing it, but have much more storyboarding to do before I get started.
Thanks for letting me join you today. And next time you’re at the bookstore check out my latest release, Seduce Me, a romantic action-adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones.
The Legend Hunters ...The Men of Solomon's meet in secret, their very existence only a rumor among the best of Victorian society. They are treasure hunters, men of wealth and title, seekers of myths and legends. And no legend is as alluring as the tale of Pandora's Box...
Fielding Grey is a treasure seeker with a taste for danger and experienced women. His latest mission: wrest Pandora's fabled box from a notorious criminal mastermind. Not in the job description: save an innocent damsel in distress.
A bookish miss, Esme Worthington has favored dusty tomes over society balls, and thrilling tales over flirtations. But when two scoundrels break into her home, she is thrust into a real-life adventure. Pursued and suddenly possessing the forbidden box, Esme can't resist peeking inside. Under the spell of Pandora's seductive curse, she's soon offering herself to Fielding – body and soul. With her reluctant rescuer determined to resist her charms, can the two outwit an enemy who will stop at nothing to seize their precious prize?
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Five fun facts about Seduce Me & Robyn DeHart:
- To date, Esme Worthington is my favorite heroine I’ve ever written. Esme says whatever she’s thinking, and she’s brave with a wicked sense of humor.
- The first three chapters of Seduce Me practically wrote themselves; they went so quickly and were so much fun. The rest of the book proved more challenging, but was still fun nonetheless
- The concept behind the cursed bracelets in Seduce Me was gently borrowed from The Mummy Returns. Come to find out there are actually real-life Pandora bracelets that are quite popular
- I have a degree in Sociology with a focus on deviant behavior. Seduce Me was the first book where I was able to apply my education to create a mastermind criminal.
- The concept behind the Legend Hunters series and the gentleman’s club Solomon’s came from my love of archaeology and treasure hunting as well as great adventure/romance movies like Indiana Jones and The Mummy.
You can find out more about Robyn and all of her lovely books on her website Robyn DeHart.com,
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