It's Thursday again, so it's time for the Author Blog Hop, hosted by Sassy Brit at Alternative Read.com. Each week a question is posed, and authors post their answers. Then everyone hops along!
This week's question: What's an average day of writing for you?
It all depends on what day it is. If it's a weekday, I don't write until nighttime because in the mornings I home school my son and then in the afternoons I go to work to teach other people's children. If it's Saturday, I begin writing at around 10 am. Whenever I begin, I hand write everything, so I sit on my bed with my notebook and pen, a large glass of iced tea, and music playing in the background. When I get situated, I begin by reading over what I wrote the previous day to see where I was going and what mindset I was in. I do a brief edit session after I read over the pages, checking for grammar issues, repetition, and incomplete thoughts. When I've cleaned things up a bit and expanded on things I'd left unfinished, it's time to begin.
Because handwriting a scene or chapter takes longer than typing it, I have time to think through the characters' actions and motivations, their dialogue, and the action taking place. I find this works well for me because I may get 4-5 pages written in a few hours or up to 25 pages written on a Saturday or Sunday. (Admittedly, while I may not take a break when I write at night, I do take a break during the weekend 12 hour marathon. Usually, I take an hour or two off to exercise and grab a bite to eat.)
When I can sit down and relax with my writing, whether at night after a long day or on a weekend morning, everything else in the world seems to disappear and all that's left is me, my ideas, and the notebook and pen.