My Writing Day

The other day, while visiting with an online book club who had read one of my books, a reader asked about my daily writing life. While answering her, it occurred to me I may not have talked about that here. Soooooo, I present to you today, my daily writing life.

When:   I do my best writing in the morning, after my workout. I can extend into the afternoon, if I’m behind on words. It is rare, however, for me to start (and be successful) after about 3 p.m. I guess by then the tired factor is starting to nip at my creativity.

Where:  Like my cat, I seem to find a spot that works for me for a while, and then I move on to another. However, that said, the last few books have primarily been written on the same corner of the couch in my living room. When editing, I tend to prefer to sit at the dining room table. And sometimes, on occasion, I like to take the laptop to my local B & N and write there for a few hours–this is my go-to when I’ve stalled.

How often:  The past 12 days, I’ve written all but 2. If I can get in the write-everyday flow, it’s best as it keeps me in the story. However, you know what they say about the best intentions… So it’s more like 4 or 5 days a week when actively on a project (which is all the time).  More than days though, I try to hit a particular word count when I sit down to write. Most days that count is 2 K words (about 8 double spaced pages).

Writer’s Block:   I get asked about this a lot when I give talks. And, for whatever reason, I don’t really have an issue with this. I suspect that’s because of my journalism background and the fact that writer’s block wasn’t an option.  I’ll hit places in the story where I don’t want to write…and I’ll hit places where I plan for it to go one way and my writerly brain knows it’s wrong and thus, makes it difficult for words to come out… But writer’s block because I have no ideas?  No.

Favorite part of the actual writing process:   The last 6-8 K words of a manuscript. Just like a reader plows through the end because they want to know what happens, so, too, do writers.

Last favorite part of the actual writing process:   The middle. It just tends to be more laborious.

How many books so far:     The book that comes out next month (AND DEATH GOES TO…) and the book that comes out on Jan. 2nd (DIAL M FOR MOUSSE) will be my 29th and 30th published books respectively.   Three more are contracted at this time.   I do not count novellas and short stories in that number–that’s just full length novels with real publishing houses.

First book released:    My 1st book came out in May of 2005. The 2nd and 3rd followed in 2006 and 2007 respectively.  They were published by then publisher, Hilliard and Harris, and went on to be picked up my Worldwide Mystery for a mass market distribution.  I have since gotten the rights back and put them out with my agent.

**The other 27 books (as of this January) have all come out since August 2009.

I think that about covers it. If I spawned any further questions with this information, feel free to ask!

~Elizabeth (aka Laura)

9 Responses to “My Writing Day”

  1. Christi King
    November 9th, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I love this glimpse into your writing life. I think it takes a lot of self-discipline to write, especially when the words don’t come as quickly as you would like. I really admire what you and other authors do!

  2. Elizabeth/Laura
    November 9th, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Christi! I always love seeing you on FB and, on occasion, here.

  3. Meg Gustafson
    November 9th, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you for sharing your writing day. I always appreciate when writers give us peek into their daily writing life.

  4. Brooke Bumgardner
    November 9th, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing your writing life with us. I love getting to see how books play out behind the scenes. I don’t know that I could put together a full story beginning to end like you do. Thank you for sharing your stories with us!

  5. Elizabeth/Laura
    November 9th, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    My pleasure Meg!

    Thank YOU for reading them, Brooke!

  6. Debbie S
    November 9th, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    How do you keep track of what a character is doing, for instance they say they are going to dinner on Friday, a dance on Sunday which is a week away. Do you keep a calendar for them?

  7. Elizabeth/Laura
    November 9th, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    GREAT question, Debbie!!! Yes, sometimes a calendar is very helpful. Doesn’t have to be a real one, you can just make one in your notebook, but that helps with all sorts of timeline things!

  8. Kay Bennett
    November 10th, 2017 at 12:08 am

    It is always amazing to me when you share information like this. Thank you for this glimpse into your writing life.

  9. Elizabeth/Laura
    November 10th, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Thank YOU for being here, Kay!

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