A Day in the Life

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Recently on Instagram, I posted about my writing setup. I’ve had a successful week so, I thought I’d share what a good day looks like.

For April, I have an editing job, a revision (my own), and a draft on tap. The edit is on round two and I had five days to get it back to my client. It’s a lengthy proofread—over 90,000 words.

This week I hit the bed early and got up around 9 or 10 a.m. each day. After getting dressed, I had coffee and a quick breakfast, hitting the computer around 11:00 a.m.

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Whether or not I break for lunch, I’ve been finishing the edit (44 pages daily) around 4:30 or 5:00 in the afternoon. On to the next item...

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This is the month I’m supposed to revise Not for a Moment, a dark romantic suspense. Not counting weekends, I need to do an average of nine pages daily. I hate stopping in the middle of a chapter. Yesterday, I did about twelve pages. Mind you, I’m still working standard format in Word (8.5 x 11 sized page with one inch margins). It’s takes me about two hours to finish the revision. Next...

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Savage Charm was part of my alter ego’s Frisky Friday Flash Fiction in 2018. In creating the draft, I first cull all the flash fiction segments and work them into an outline. The story is expanded and portions altered to fit a richer tale. I’ve done three chapters so far this week. Each chapter is roughly 2,000 words which I can write in about two hours or so. When I hit the word count, I go back and fix chunks so that it flows better.

It’s been a light week for dinner—quick meals and leftovers. So, I usually take a break during the rough draft and have a bite to eat. Then I return to writing. 

Depending upon the projects for the day, I can end around 8:00. The past couple of days it’s been around 11:00 p.m. Once I’m finished with the edit job, I’ll be back to a 7:00 end time. 

And that’s my day in a big nutshell.