What does your daily routine look like?
I wake up between 6:30 & 7:00AM (because I have small children lol).
I drink a hot cup of tea or cappuccino and have breakfast (usually oatmeal).
From then until 9AM I catch up on social media and review what I wrote from the day before. Sometimes I even get a little writing done.
at 9AM I exercise (because fitness is important to me – even if I’m not in perfect shape). I think physical exercise helps with my mental clarity, too.
afterward, I shower and put on makeup. The makeup step sounds silly. I mean, my job doesn’t even require me to leave the house! But I’ve found that applying makeup helps put me in a more confident mood – which helps with my writing.
next is lunch, around noon.
But from lunchtime on, I have the entire rest of the day to write (in between random household and motherly duties lol). I aim to write a minimum of 1k per day. Sometimes its more, sometimes its less. The important thing is to try! Every word written gets me closer to another finished book!
Are you a planner or a pantser?
For most of my writing life, I’ve been a total pantser. I would sit down with a lot of excitement and only a vague idea of what might happen, and write whatever came to mind. That’s great and all, but for me, that only sustained the story for the first few chapters. Afterward, it would often become a struggle to figure out where the story was going and what the point even was.
I recently began planning, however, and it has made my life so much easier! I don’t have to know every minute detail of the plot, like abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz. But I do have to know that a leads to d, and e leads to h, etc. It allows me the freedom to explore the story, while still providing the structure needed to keep me on track.
Any advice for other aspiring writers?
Try to write everyday. Set a word count goal and strive to reach it.
Read at least 1 book per month (Reading is an important part of our job description. It helps keep us fresh and focused).
Don’t be afraid to self-publish. It gives you the opportunity to showcase your work digitally (and/or in print) without the fear of failure and a thousand rejection letters. If you choose to go the traditional publishing route after, you’ll be able to do so with more confidence.
Don’t give up. If writing is something you love, and you truly want to make a career out of it, then you need to keep going. The more you read and write, the better your work becomes; the better your work becomes, the more readers want to invest in you!