As promised, today marks the first day of five where I will be posting about my daily writing process/routine. Of course, everyday changes for me, so you’re not going to be reading the same boring thing each evening. But there are a few elements that remain the same. Mostly my morning ritual, which begins with me taking care of my pupper, Chloe Cleopatra, and then getting breakfast before returning to my iPad for a morning read. Currently I’m on “A Little Bit Haunted” by Melody Summers. (I secretly think the cover model looks like Matt Lanter, hehe. Heck, it might even be him. I’ll have to do some research.)
This is the one thing I’m not always faithful to. If my morning is busy, I try to find little times throughout the day to read to make up for it. But reading in the morning is probably my favorite, because it gives me inspiration to get to work on my own writing 🙂
And that brings me to around eleven a.m. At the moment I’m not currently writing any new projects, not because I don’t want to, but because I have so much to do for the release of “The Scars That Made Us”. I’m a terrible procrastinator, so I’ve been forcing myself not to get distracted with anymore side projects. Though I do have something cooking 😉
So, today was edits for TSTMU. I recently converted my HTML file over to MOBI so that I can find any little bugs/issues with the layout for when it goes to kindle. The highlighting feature is great to track changes so that when I go back and change the original document, I know exactly where to go.
I normally edit for a couple hours and then give myself a break. Editing is my least favorite part of the job, and so I try not to ruin my day by dedicating it solely to the task. I’m the type of person that constantly needs to be doing something different and interesting each day to keep motivated. I blame my adult ADHD for that.
Next I take an hour for lunch, maybe do a load of laundry, and then I go back to work until five or six o’clock. I dedicate at least an hour or more a day to drawing/creating art, whether it’s for personal enjoyment or because I’m posting something new on my art shop, courtesy of redbubble.com. I’m an illustrator/graphic designer as well as a writer, so it keeps me nice and busy every day, and I love the diversity I get out of both jobs.
Of course, I don’t always stick to the schedule. Sometimes I spend a whole day on art related projects, and others I’m writing for hours at a time. Like I said before, today was dedicated to edits, and tomorrow probably will be too, but I also plan to vet out a few more details for my latest story in the afternoon, and I’m definitely looking forward to that. You need to give yourself a little treat every once in a while, and mine is scheming new book ideas. What’s yours? I’d love to know, so leave your answer in comments!