So since each of us is likely aspiring to make writing a full-time gig, I thought I'd pick Sandra's brain and see what we can look forward to when our dreams sprout wings and our careers take off!
A day in the life of a
ALS: What's yours like?
SO: My Mondays to Friday are pretty routine. I try not to do anything writing-related on Sundays, except read stuff from my critique partners. Saturdays I usually write my blog post for Mondays and might spend a couple of hours writing, more if I’m behind. The rest of my week typically looks like this (with an occasional wild swing in times):
6:30 am rise and stretch and tidy, maybe put in load of laundry
7:00 am walk my dog with my neighbor
7:45 am eat, have quiet time, check/respond to emails, shower etc.
9:00 am write, plot, revise, brainstorm, rewrite, reread, work on edits etc. etc.
Noon eat lunch with hubby who cooks it! Check and respond to emails, post a FB update at some point in the day, pick vegetables, whatever needs doing
Afternoons vary – I’ll often spend a few hours with my grandchildren, but many days I’ll write, or at least try to write, all afternoon. Oftentimes I’m doing writing-related work, such as updating my website, responding to reader letters, answering blog interviews, preparing speeches or classes for special events, working on Art Fact Sheets for upcoming books or the extras that I include on my website for each book. I’m not able to write nearly as many words a day as it seems like I should be able to given the time I’m at it.
5:00 pm Make supper, spend time with family
7:30 pm If my family is happily all doing their own thing, I’ll often write in the evening and again respond to any emails, work on critiques for my critique partners that can sometimes take several hours. Some nights, I’m on the computer until midnight, other nights not at all! I’ve tried going to bed thinking about my book, hoping my subconscious will work out what’s not working, but…most of the time, it just keeps me from falling asleep.
Though, I'll admit, I get my best ideas in the shower. J
ALS: There sure is a lot more to writing these days that just pounding out a story, isn't there! Okay, next question...
What is the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of research?
My husband would say that asking the off-duty pilot sitting next to us on a flight to Alaska how I could take down a plane was the craziest. Guess, I should’ve mentioned that I was an author first.
The pilot laughed at my husband’s concern that they’d kick us off the plane, put us on a no-fly list and we’d never make it home, except by Greyhound! In fact, the pilot had tons of great ideas, even pulled out his iPhone and showed me pics of the DC-10 he flies and where it could be sabotaged.
ALS: Ha! Lucky you were sitting next to such a great source of information.
What is your greatest pearl of wisdom for aspiring novelists? In other words, your number one writing tip?
Don’t be in a hurry to get published. Take time to learn the craft and enjoy the journey.
ALS: And what story do you have brewing next?
The finale of Port Aster Secrets. Since the characters developed minds of their own in book 2, and the villain changed, and the story veered in an unexpected direction, let’s just say I may be as surprised as readers at how the series ends!
Thank you so much for being out guest Sandra! Looking forward to the next two books in the Port Aster Series!
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