When I’m not writing…
- My brain is resting, so that it can puzzle through character motivations, stylish yet deadly accessories, or possible new steampunk technology for my next scene.
- I’m researching for historical accuracy, so I can decide whether to break it in my next book.
- I’m listening to podcasts for information and inspiration pertaining to writing, or the business of being a writer.
- I’m cooking, grocery shopping, running errands, doing laundry, training the cat, all those things that everyone else does in their spare time, so that I am healthy and sane, so I can write regularly.
- I’m blogging here, so you know I’m accountable to my readers, so you continue to stay faithful and read what I write.
- I’m flipping through feedly for interesting things to post or tweet, I’m also reading up on how to better manage self employment to I can continue to afford the life of a writer.
- I’m answering calling cards, queries about my world, homework questions from my readers so they continue to read my books.
- I’m updating my website, so all my information is more accessible, so when someone asks me the same question for the hundredth time I can point them at the website and save hours in the long run to focus on writing.
- I’m emailing with foriegn translators, editors, conventions, bloggers, bookstores so that everything goes smoothly on the launch of the next book for you, the reader.
- I’m working on a writing schedule and consulting my calender, so I can decide on travel to meet you, who read what I write.
- I’m processing my budget, determining taxes, figuring out insurance, and fighting with credit card companies, so I an afford to live as a writer.
- I’m off at the library, or the shooting range, or up in a balloon, some other oddball place having fun but also doing hands-on research, so I can write more accurate descriptions.
- I’m reading someone else’s book, because I want to, and because maybe I can recommend it to my readers because I can, at best, only bring out one or two books a year and you need more than that.
- I’m stretching or exercising, so my body doesn’t fall apart, so I can stand at a computer for hours, or sit at a desk for days doing copy edits, so I make my deadlines without pain, so the book comes out on time.
And yeah, you know what?
- Occasionally, I am watching TV that has nothing to do with writing.
- Sometimes, I am watching TV, reading blogs, and chatting on Twitter because I need a break from the world of writing for a short time, so I can take a breather, build up momentum, and get back to it.
- Once a day, I’m drinking tea with a cat on my lap and thinking about outfits for my next event, because my brain hurts.
- And sometimes I’m sleeping.
You see, Gentle Reader, sometimes, I’m not writing. And that too is necessary, and right, and good, and important.
I leave you with one final thought…
It could always be worse.
I have one name for you:
George R. R. Martin
You could be waiting a decade and I’d kill your favorite character.
So, thank you for reading my books, and thank you for being patient between them. Meanwhile did you know I have a back catalogue of 22 works of fiction? (As of 2018) Surely you can’t have read all of them, can you?
Yours in perpetual scribbling,
You don’t have to take my word for it: Real Writers Plan Days Off
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
|1802 Wednesday, September 1|
Ladies’ Museum v. 1, plate 105 Wirgman, Dress Maker, Hanover Street, Hanover Square.
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
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Your Tisane of Smart . . .
|Harness’ Electric Corset|
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
On Asking “When Will You Write Another Book?”
I have a short piece in Journey Planet (on pg. 53) answering the question: What Is Your First WorldCon Memory?
Quote of the Day:
“I distrust any advice that contains the words ‘ought’ or ‘should’.”
~ Tamora PierceTags: gail carriger, important for authors