One of the questions I’m most frequently asked as a full-time author is what my work routine looks like, so today I thought I’d give you a small glimpse into my writing life.
Today is National Coffee Day, which is the perfect day to talk about my routine. I am absolutely NOT a morning person and would be completely lost without my morning cup (okay, two cups) of coffee. I drink it straight-up black and as much of a dark roast as I can find. We are totally sold on Mystic Monk Coffee, which is made by Carmelite monks living in a real live monastery. It’s heads and tails over store-bought coffee, and since coffee is my go-to in the morning, we splurge a bit.
How about you? Coffee? Tea? Something else?
I’ve never been much of a breakfast person and really just want to get a jumpstart on my day, so I generally grab an Atkins shake and get to it. While I sip my first cup of coffee, I get online and check my email, Twitter and Facebook, as well as touching base with my Upwork clients, as I’ve had a side gig editing ever since my husband had a double stroke a few years ago. Since getting paid advances and royalties in writing is feast or famine, editing pays the monthly bills.
I sorta-kinda have an office. We really try to keep it ALL office, but it needs a serious declutter right now because…well, I have grandkids. ‘Nuff said. I usually work in an armchair in the corner of the office, though I do have a desk I sometimes use but which I currently can’t even find because of the mess.
After my first cup of coffee, I plan my day on a paper planner because I’m visual and love stickers. I try to keep my to-do list to the top three items of the day, though sometimes I go beyond that. I also have a daily gratitude statement and note if I have any Zoom meetings or anywhere else to be.
At that point I’m off to the races. I try to get my new words written in the morning when I’m fresh, although I’m at the end of a deadline right now, so I’ll take any words I can get, fresh or otherwise. Sometimes I write longhand and other times I type straight into my laptop. Later in the afternoon and often into the evening, I’ll work on editing projects. I work six days a week and rest on Sundays. I admit I do NOT currently have a good work/life balance. It’s something to which I aspire, but right now, it is what it is.
So, what about you? Are you a morning lark, a night owl, or like me, some sort of perpetually exhausted pigeon? Comment for the opportunity to win an autographed copy of the Rocky Mountain Family book of your choice and a Dare to Dream sticker (US only).
Deb’s next Harlequin Love Inspired, Their Unbreakable Bond, will be out December 27th.