Thursday, 3 June 2010
I'm pleased to present a guest blog from Keris Stainton. Keris (below) is the author of Della says OMG! (above (I wanted them both above, but blogger gremlins are playing up). I'm one of many stops on Keris' tour, so please check out the sites here. I asked Keris to chat about a normal day in her writing life. I'll hand you over to Keris now.
When Nayu asked me to write about my writing routine, I should really have declined. I should have said, "I'm sorry, I can't possibly - I'm too busy writing!" But I didn't. Because I'm not. What I'm busy doing is avoiding writing. Goodness, the energy it takes! Honestly, if I put half as much time and effort into writing as I do into avoiding writing, I'd be as prolific as Meg Cabot.
Here's an example of a typical writing day:
Switch on computer. Internet and Twitter open automatically. (You've already spotted my first mistake, haven't you?)
Open email. While waiting the couple of seconds it takes for email to open, click on my @replies in Twitter. Read and respond to these.
Scroll through emails for something interesting. On a good day, open and read something interesting. On a bad day, delete all emails from Argos, Babycentre, various PRs and Google Alerts.
Read Twitter stream. Notice something funny/interesting. Reply to it.
Glance at Google calendar and see what I need to do. Sigh. Go back to Twitter.
Make a cup of tea.
Go to Daily Mail online. Read story about a celebrity who has gained or lost weight, got engaged, married, pregnant, cheated on or divorced. Read about Suri Cruise. Hate self for not being able to resist either the Daily Mail online or reading about Suri Cruise. Go back to Twitter.
Wonder if there are any exciting emails. There aren't. Answer some boring emails instead. Go back to Twitter.
Repeat the above for at least a couple of hours (replacing "Suri Cruise" with "Christine Bleakley" or "Jennifer Aniston" and finally replacing "Daily Mail Online" with "Go Fug Yourself").
Do some work. Journalism, not fiction.
Inbox. Twitter. More work (journalism). Inbox. Twitter.
Open novel manuscript document.
Make a cup of tea.
Realise the baby's awake.
Close novel manuscript document.
Wonder why the baby always wakes up just as I'm about to start work on my book...
(Just in case my editor's reading this - Hi, Catherine! - I now have a deadline and so I have done a bit of work on my book and I'll definitely do more. Soon. Really soon. Honest.)
It's good to know that procrastination is normal for a writer :) Thanks Keris!
To make this guest blog extra fun, I'm offering up the chance to win a signed copy of Della says OMG!
Usual rules apply: leave a comment. If you do not want to enter the comp, let me know in the comment too, otherwise I'll count you in!
Deadline: Thursday 10th June, 11.59pm midnight GMT
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