I thought I’d give you a little peek into what it’s like being a full time writer… I do have some method to my madness.
- There is a lot of planning.
I need to know when my contracted manuscripts are due, but I also need to know when I have down time to work on other things besides first drafts. I keep a constant list of dates on my desktop of various deadlines.
- Use the time when you have it!
Basically, I don’t put things off until later, because later I might get the flu. I can’t shuffle my work off onto anyone else’s desk, so if I have some “free” time, I’d better get a head start on the next job.
- Work on proposals for new book contracts well ahead of time.
That way, when I’ve submitted the last manuscript and I’m mentally drained, I don’t have to start thinking of new ideas then… they’re already ready to go! I just need to send the email, and while I’m letting my brain recover, my editor is considering my next ideas. That keeps me from wasting a month or two in putting together a proposal, and then waiting another 6 weeks to hear back.
- Guard your office hours.
If I’m not working during my office hours, I should feel guilty! But once those office hours are over, it’s time to rest with my family. Everyone needs rest.
This is the realistic view of my days as a full-time writer. It isn’t terribly romantic, I’m afraid. Not a lot of coffee shops with spiral bound notebooks. But my method works, and it’s more fun that it looks! 😉 You might just have to trust me on that.