A Day in the Life: Friday, July 12, 2013

Posted on: 15th Jul 2013  /   Categorized: Day in the Life

One question that I get asked all the time is: “What does a normal writing day look like?” And I usually respond with something like, “Well, there really isn’t such a thing as a normal day for me. Each day might include this, this, this, or sometimes even this.


Which seems like such a copout answer, but it’s true! While there are authors who keep very strict writing schedules, my days tend to vary drastically depending on where I am in the writing process, what promotional or travel obligations I have coming up, and what else is happening in my life.


So I thought I would start this semi-regular blog feature to give you guys an inside look into what, exactly, I do all day long. (Plus, I asked Twitter if they thought it would be interesting, and got the go-ahead. So I am going. Ahead.)


My thought is to make this a monthly feature to show how responsibilities vary based on the stage of writing and marketing, but that depends on you guys—interesting? Dull? You tell me!


This was my time tracked from last Friday, July 12:


5:30a.m.: Feel strangely awake, despite the early hour. Get up, start the coffee, feed the cats, make the bed.


5:45: Sit down on the sofa to see what happened on Twitter and Facebook overnight. Read some blogs. Fall in love with Joss Whedon all over again when I read his super smart tips on Getting Things Done. Pin it. Tweet it.


6:30: Hey, where did all that energy go?! Fall back asleep on the couch. So much for that inspiring article on productivity.


7:30: Okay, now I’m awake. Call the vet and make a morning appointment because Callie Jo has had a weird skin reaction going on lately. Get dressed, eat some breakfast, brush my teeth.


8:15: Off to the vet! Turns out Callie has had an allergic reaction, requiring twice-monthly shots until it goes away. Boo. But she’ll be fine.


9:00: Back home. I quickly morph into an email answering machine! Manage to clear out two of my four inboxes.


10:00: Phone interview with a very nice journalist. This will be posted with the CRESS cover reveal which I think is happening next week. CAN’T. WAIT.


10:30: A couple more emails, then ask Twitter if they think a “day in the life” blog feature would be interesting. Two thumbs up from the Hivebrain. Start writing this post.


10:50: Distracted by the internet. Watch the new trailers for Austenland and How to Train Your Dragon 2. I might swoon over grown-up Hiccup. Just a little.


11:00: Take a look at the next two chapters I’ll be writing in WINTER. They’re brand new chapters (not being revised from the first draft), so I print out their summaries and decide to take my AlphaNeo out to lunch later to work on them.


11:15: Off to see my sister-in-law / hair stylist! Comic-Con is next week, so it’s time to make myself presentable for the public again.


11:15-2:30: Manage to read about 30 pages in between the cut and color. Currently reading (and almost finished with) The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs. I’ve been reading non-fiction lately in an effort to stay focused on the WIP and not sit on the couch all day reading YA. I’m enjoying learning lots of interesting things, but I miss fiction. I’ll be treating myself to a major reading binge in August!


2:30: Totally in love with my new hair, and impressed with my Sister-in-Law who just got back from climbing a friggin’ mountain. I head over to the restaurant across the street from the salon and order up some lunch.


2:45: Finally, it’s time to get some writing done! I whip out my AlphaNeo and the scene summaries I pulled together earlier and get to work.


5:45: Two chapters, done! Satisfied, I pack up my stuff and head home.


6:00: The first thing I do when I get home is transfer the two new chapters over to my laptop so I can see how many words I wrote. That’s my favorite part of using the AlphaNeo – you can’t keep track of your word count as you’re writing, so at the end it feels like you just racked up a whole bunch of words in seconds!


Total words written for the day: 3,073.


Evening: The evening is spent watching a movie (Sky High, in which I am super disappointed in the romance aspect) and finishing The Know-It-All.


  1. Ashley Pope commented on:

    I love the lackadaisical jilt to your day. Sounds pretty much like mine with a couple little boys running through the house screaming thrown in. Yes, sometimes I try to write through it, though not successfully. I relate to a lot of your day! Like now, instead of revising, I’m reading your blog. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kim @ Book Munchies commented on:

    I’m finding it kind of insane that you were up at 5:30. As a night owl, the wee early morning hours are to be slept through or the time to go to sleep. Starting your day then seems like such a crazy radical idea to me. Haha, but good for you. It seems like you got lots done. 😀 This was fun to read, so thanks for doing this. I can’t wait for the next installment.

  3. Aisa commented on:

    Thanks for sharing your day! It’s very insightful to your process! 😀

  4. Lily commented on:

    I love this! I am definitely not in the daily schedule camp.

  5. Christine Monson commented on:

    At first I was like, “Oh no! She’s time lining her day. What?” But as I read on, I was like, “Cool.”

    No really, the post is both an insightful and informative look into a writer’s life. It also goes to show, sitting and writing is hard. There are distractions everywhere. Non-writers believe a book can be pumped out a will. One, two, ten a year. Easy. It’s not. Of course they only realize this once they sit down to pump out the “Great American Novel.”

    Thank you for sharing. =D

  6. am2142 commented on:

    Thank you ssooo much for posting this!!! I’ve always wanted to know what goes on in a writer’s daily life. That AlphaNeo looks REALLY cool!! I’m always getting distracted when I write on my laptop and I get behind on my goals. Now to convince my parents to get me one for my birthday . . .
    How in the WORLD do you crank out over 3k in one day??? I can barely write 1,500. Of course, I’m trying to write without an outline, which I definitely won’t be doing again.
    I can’t wait for the CRESS cover!! Woohoo!! And I also can’t wait for your second installment of this series. Keep it up!!

  7. Clara commented on:

    Thank you so much for this post! Thanks for sharing your day 😀

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