Take us through your writing process. Do you keep a regular writing schedule? Do you write on your laptop or longhand? Are you most inspired in the morning, afternoon, evening, or middle of the night?
Yes, there really is a writing process, although it took me some time to figure out that there really was a process. But I’m still working that out, tweaking as I go along. I’ve always loved games where you can change the rules on any given day to suit you–fortunately in my family I was the oldest and it was just too easy!
- Writing means education never ends. It’s a review here, an article there, a story or observation. So much to read, information to glean, rules to learn.
- Book matter requires research: location, people, events.
- The marketing and promotion process likewise never ends. If you have a book out there, you have to be engaged in promotion. More reading.
- Allotment of time for social media, making the contacts, keeping a presence.
- Working on a new book? Allotment of time to devote just to writing.
- Working on editing? Allotment of time to proof, edit, ……..
- Working on graphics, pictures for the novel? Allotment of time for more research.
- Working on promotion materials? Bookmarks, postcards, flyers.
- Have the book(s) on several venues? Research new avenues–(i.e.) is Smashwords a good fit?
- Groomed or in the process of attaining beta readers?
Yes, there is a definite writing schedule though mine is not assigned to a specific hour. For me, writing is more of a general time allotment assigned in the above process, all done on a computer. Not a morning person, my day begins slow and easy so that’s when the reading is done, followed by the research. Diffused into the schedule, household duties. And always with a eye to a goal of the day.
Today’s goal–(1) prepare for a visit with our son–(2) prepare this blog post. Well, one off the list is a start!