Life has many ways of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once. As a writer I’m either at the edge of the cliff looking down at my “to do list” or free falling into my work. It one of the great things about this lifestyle. I’m rarely ever at a moment of nothing to do.
Sometimes I think: You know what? I'm pretty freakin cool. Other times: If anyone saw what I just did they'd realize what a loser I am. I mean, if you haven’t already noticed, I’m not one of those architectural writers. I don’t plot out my stories in blue prints from the ground up. I don’t predetermine where the windows are going, where all the connecting wires will be or how the plumbing system will function. I just see the idea and I start writing.
The thing about my style of writing is that it is very edge of the seat. My readers are reading the story, while I’m working on it. I’m creating characters and letting them lead the way. I don’t control them and I don’t try to. Once the character is created it just begins to flow and I just drop some problems in and jokes along the way.
On average I try to stay 5 to 7 chapters ahead of my readers at all times. It’s easier that way for me if I have to change something or if I think I forgot something and I have to go back two or three chapters. I also enjoy reading the reviews from my readers. It helps me keep the story on track and clues me into what things that are working and things that aren’t working.
My work ethic is what it is, I mean I don’t have an allotted amount of time where all I do is sit and work on my writing. When I have the time I use it. Some times that means I’m up at 4am on a Saturday or going to bed at 1 in morning on Thursday. I take vacations if I feel like I’m getting to worked up and sometimes I can go on a three day writing spree where it’s all about the story and I don’t want to be bothered.
This week I have a lot that I’ve been working on. I’ve been making covers for my online stories and working on my new one. I have finished Under the Tycoons Command and am currently playing with the possibility of an epilogue or one last “here’s where they are now,” chapter. Who knows? I did take off the last two days simple because my computer chair at home is not so great and I’ve been getting some back pains. It just one of those little things I have to save up for.
So that’s some insight to my life. There’s me and then there are some people who are normal. What an awful, boring existence that must be?