This process for many is the same day in and day out. I am jealous. My process is based on how much time I have and the fact that I easily forget things unless I write them down immediately and to completion. For example, I am notorious for writing down part of an idea and leaving it for when I have more time. Naturally when I go back to it, I have forgotten many of the details that went with said idea.
Typically I wake up and go to the gym. Actually I wake up and go to the nearest coffee place and get a coffee and guzzle it down so I have some kind of energy at 5 (ok really 6) a.m. and then go to the gym. After an hour long (sometimes longer- no lie! but also sometimes shorter 😦 ) workout I go home and wake up my daughter before jumping in the shower.
After my shower, of course I dress and check email, Facebook and Twitter. I return about 15 (literally) emails and then try to get some questions answered. My husband found this wonderful feature on my MacBook Pro called Stickies. I use them like Post-It notes and type questions I have about things that have to do with my story. For example, I needed to know how long LSD stayed in someone’s system.
Anyway, after all that, I get my lunch and pack up my stuff and take my daughter to school. In the car we work on spelling words of the week.
I then head to work. I am a caregiver (the only job I get paid for unfortunately) and work in an elderly couple’s home. I make breakfast, help them take care of the cat (she is hilarious and stubborn) and then I sit. Then go about their day and I sit there and write/edit/plot whatever I am working on at that time.
Because they sometimes they need me to do odd things or run errands so my time to write is not predictable. I write/edit while they are doing their own thing and then plot another story while they are eating and I am waiting to clean up their meal.
After work I hardly have any time at all to write. I take my daughter to the libraries on Tuesdays, dance on Wednesdays, and Girl Scouts (where I am the leader) on Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays I try to fit some kind of writing in but it is difficult as my family does not understand the “I’m working, leave me alone,” thing.
This process sucks. I don’t get enough writing done and of course this stupid blog that virtually no one reads sucks time out of writing but like I said before everyone is saying “You have to have a platform!” So here I am, wasting time, writing a blog to build a platform for a book that I will probably never sell.
So there you go, my writing process.
Now I am angry that I wasted thirty plus minutes doing this (and surfing the internet and chatting with friends on FB) I am going to sign off here and do actual work.