Rhobin picked a great topic to start off the New Year. What is your favorite time and place to read? How about writing time? Do you have to make time?
Do you have a ritual or is your plan helter-skelter? I had a quilting teacher who followed the Swiss cheese method to completing tasks: Make a hole here, and sometime later a hole there; keep repeating this until the whole thing is complete. What's your method?
Let’s start with the easiest first - My favorite time and place to read. Okay, I don’t read as much as I should or want. I find it difficult to fit it in, but if given a choice I like to read in the evening. That way, if it’s a great book, I can keep reading. Favorite place varies with the time of the year. In the warmer weather it’s on or deck overlooking the lake, with a glass of wine. In the winter it’s inside in front of the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate.
Writing time – I try to write several hours a day. I have to make time and I try to schedule it in for the week, around appointments and other errands. Usually I try to write to do an hour or so on marketing and social networking in the morning. (I’m not very good at it.) Then I do 2-3 hours writing. Sometimes I also write at night for about 2 hours. I write linearly so I don’t really have a ritual. I grab a cup of coffee, plunk myself down in front of the computer and start writing from where I left off the day before. When I start to feel brain dead (or my muse goes to sleep) I stop writing. I don’t edit until I finish the book. Then my writing time becomes editing time. I usually try and edit it two or three times before I send it to my editor/proof reader. Then I edit once or twice more. On weekends I do blogs. I’m trying to do twitters for the week.
I look forward to seeing what others say and maybe learning a way that might improve my method, especially incorporating the marketing and social networking. Off to check their websites. I hope you will, too.
A.J. Maguire http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/Margaret Fieland http://www.margaretfieland.com/blog1/
Skye Taylor http://www.skye-writer.com/
Marci Baun http://www.marcibaun.com/
Fiona McGier http://www.fionamcgier.com/
Connie Vines http://connievines.blogspot.com/
Rita Karnopp http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachael Kosnski http://the-doodling-booktease.tumblr.com/
Helena Fairfax http://helenafairfax.com/
Heidi M. Thomas http://heidiwriter.wordpress.com/
Ginger Simpson http://www.cowboykisses.blogspot.com/
Rhobin Courtright http://www.rhobinleecourtright.com/