A posts looking at what I actually do all day (writing wise).
Early Morning Writing.
This morning for some reason, I woke at 5 a.m. Instead of going back to sleep, I got up and started writing. The house was so quiet. I got three hours of writing done before the school run. Marvelous. Also I don't feel that tired, either. While I'm not going to be getting up at that time everyday, I thought I might experiment with squeezing in extra writing time in the morning.
10% Solution for editing.
Morning Writing: I worked on short story that needed a final editing before submission. A detail needed adding, thanks to writer KC Ball, who answered my question on Facebook and told me about the left-hand solution when solving a maze. I removed 500 words to bring the story in at 3500 words. A good work for cutting is the Keith Rand's 10% solution.
Research and the Writer.
Day Writing: I worked on a new short story for 4.5 hours. This is for an new anthology 'School Kids and Sorcery'
I have an unusual writing process, I think. For each story i download a lot of research, and that informs my story. I had an initial idea that I'd like to set the story in Romania. I'm English and a school set in England would have been a natural choice, but I'm guessing that the editor will get a lot of stories set in England and also in the USA. I downloaded 80K from Wiki on Romania, Romanian Folk Lore. I read through it. Quickly an idea came to me, using not vampires but another traditional Romanian creature. I wrote 500 words. This led me to another idea about including a reference to the Romanian Holocaust, more downloading occurred. I have the plot of he story and a remaining 35K of research to read. (but some of it can be skim read).
Writing Admin in the Evening
In the evening, I like to answer e-mails and do my admin and make short story submissions. I spent about an hour reading a contract, writing a character bio and answering messages. I try to respond to editors requests within a few days. Then half an hour writing this blog post.
So total words count for the day are minus 500 words plus 500 words = 0. That's a lot of writing and research for 0 words.
Onwards! What's your writing day like?