Authors all have their own routine, and their own way of working – or ‘not working’ as it usually spelled.
Some get up at 6am, write for 3 hours, polish off 3000 words and spend the rest of the day looking smug.
We hate these people.
Others faff about all morning in their pyjamas, drink tea, read the paper, think about writing, go out, come back, think some more about writing, read the paper again, eat something, clear up, think about thinking about writing, go for a run, shower, eat some more, open the laptop, realise there is THE WHOLE OF THE INTERNET OUT THERE, and this basically means that writing any more is a) impossible, because it will take 27 billion years just to read what’s already there, and that’s just the Buzzfeed quizzes, and b) pointless, as nobody will find our writing among the 85,000 blogs about sex toys and pictures of cats on skateboards….and so they go to the pub.
We like these people.
My own goal is simply to write SOMETHING, every day. It doesn’t have to be much; just one word will do, so long as it is a word, and it’s in the right place.
And because you are here, and I like you, I am going to give you SECRET INSIDER INFORMATION about my new book, Lifeshambles, and share the Brand New Word, which I wrote in it just TODAY, with you.
Today’s word was ‘In’.
Bet you want to buy it now, eh??
As I said, it doesn’t have to be much, but…something.
If you are a writer, please feel free to share your Word of the Day with the rest of us.
You never know, it might spur a few pyjama-wearing newspaper readers to pen their own word, and get closer to that magical one, ‘End.’
Tomorrow I might aim for TWO WORDS.
Perhaps ‘Out.’ And then ‘In’ again.
A sort of hokey cokey of letters, but without any turning around. That can get very messy.
By the way, if you would like to pledge for Lifeshambles, which is actually quite a lot better than it sounds so far – I KNOW! – please do. It would make me SO VERY VERY HAPPY.
And then it will make YOU happy, because it’s a bloody wonderful book, with the word ‘in’ in it.
In exactly the right place.