Writing away in silence

Gosh, I am poor at updating this space (yet I keep telling folks to watch it …) – not cool! The trouble is that the writing process is not too exciting for anyone but me!

So what can I tell you?

That I spend 2.5 hours each morning from 6.30am – 9am at the desk in front of my bay window? That I do it in silence and my own company alone? That I watch as the neighbours across the street wake up one by one? That I drink one cup of coffee from my Jane Austen mug and then follow up with a large glass of cold water? That I always wish I had another cup of coffee but never make one?

Or that I catch my characters plotting behind my back? Latest one this morning … sneaky man, that one!

Well, there’s my standard writing morning. I write six days a week, and have Sunday off. I’m not Trollope-ing in quitting mid-sentence, nor am I Stephen King-esque and have a particular number of pages each day. I want writing to be enjoyable so I listen to my mood, but usually the time span is enough to get solid work done, and still finish on a high, wanting to write more. That leaves me excited for the continued work and allows me to keep the flow going. I try not to stop while I’m stuck – that wouldn’t be good for me or my characters. And they’re in enough trouble as it is.

Currently the manuscript fr “BE” is over 125 000 words and still  not complete so I’ll need to cut parts for the next draft, but it’s too bloody exciting to almost be finished so right now I don’t care! Rock on, writers!

Anyone got any funky writing habits?

N.

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