August 4, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
A Day in My Life #MFRWauthor
For the #MFRWAuthor 52-Week Blog hop, this week, week 31, we are talking about a day in my life!
Most days, weekdays and weekends included, I usually wake up around 5 in the morning. I love early mornings when everything is fresh, the world is hushed before the rush of cars and people, and there is a calmness about the day. I take my sweetheart of a dog, Maddie, outside before I feed her and then reward myself with my first cup of coffee. Coffee is needed within fifteen minutes of waking up, well for me it is. Okay, so I’m addicted, but I’m not the only writer who depends on their coffee to make it through the day. 🙂
If it’s a weekday, I cook my husband breakfast and fix his lunch before he heads to work. Another cup of coffee gets downed here. I then take Maddie for a long walk around the neighborhood. This allows me to get rid of any stress before it can build up for the day and I get to spend time with my girl. When I get home, I answer emails, check Facebook (oh, wow, I just realized I spend way too much time on Facebook), Twitter, and a couple of other sites, before I cook breakfast and have more coffee.
After getting ready for the day, I make my way to my desk and either start outlining or writing. And let’s be honest, I make anothe cup of coffee. Since outlining is where I truly write my first draft, I spend a lot of time on my outline, hand writing each scene and working out my conflict as well as character personalities, as I create their story. Although handwriting my entire outline is very time consuming, especially when they are broken up by scenes, I feel as though there is more detail added to my stories because I can’t write as fast as my mind can process ideas. So I have to make sure that where the scene is headed meshes with the other scenes that I already created. With the slow pace, I manage to develop further story ideas and incorporate them in my WIP. I find that if I were to type my ideas out, then I might miss something by not taking the time to develop my story properly.
Sometime around mid-morning, I take Maddie out for another short walk before I settle back down with another cup of coffee and whatever project I’m working on. I do tend to check my email throughout the day. Instead of having set periods of time when I write intensely and then take a break, I find that when I need to clear my mind or stew on an idea that’s not quite developed so I create blog posts, check my email (again) and surf Facebook. And when I really need to get away from the ideas swirling in my mind, I read.
During this downtime, I also double check to see if I’m on schedule to complete my manuscript before it’s sent to my editor. I also check various marketing/promotions I have for that month, write down ideas for my newsletter that goes out on the 15th of every month, check to see if my website is up-to-date with all the projects I have out and will release in the future, and write down any ideas that may have come to me while reading or watching TV.
When I’m done for the day, usually by four or five in the afternoon, I relax by picking up a book from my TBR pile or I (okay, I can admit it out loud) I read fanfiction. When my husband gets home, we have dinner and talk and later watch TV as our day winds down.
On the weekend, I still wake up early but I tend to focus on the business side of writing. This happens an hour or so (during that time, a lot of coffee) before I make breakfast and then my husband and I take our dog Maddie swimming at the local dog pool. Of course, a weekend wouldn’t be complete without a browse at my local bookstore or Barnes and Noble, and then heading home to, well, read. I tend to read a lot because not only does it stimulate ideas, but it also relaxes me when I get so lost in a story that I ignore reality for a while.
Although the weekend is meant for relaxing, I do have to either write or outline every day. I feel antsy if I don’t at least spend some time on my current WIP, and if I let it go, even for one day, it drives me crazy. So usually after I take care of the marketing and other business, I find myself writing in the mornings when it’s quiet. Even if I manage a half a page, it’s better than nothing and then I can give myself permission to concentrate on something else, since it is the weekend after all.
So…my life is basically sitting in front of my laptop creating stories to share with the world or with an e-reader or book in my hand, reading stories that other authors have shared with the world. And I have to say, I love every minute of it and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!