Blogger: Michelle Ule
Sitting in for Wendy Lawton who is at the Oregon Christian Writer’s Conference.
I am living the dream writer‘s life this summer.
All I have to do is spend my days writing.
For those of you itching to quit your day job and stay home with your computer, this blog’s for you.
It’s 1:06pm and I haven’t started my writing yet.
As it happens, 1 o’clock is my prime writing time–for whatever reason, that’s when I sit down and really work on my manuscript.
However, I have to write this blog first.
Already this morning I’ve done the following:
Grocery shopped. (That’s my end of the household chores)
Done two loads of laundry (My husband believes laundry is my “hobby,” so I’ve been “playing” all morning. Ha!)
Got dinner started in the crock pot.
Cleaned up the kitchen, etc.
Everybody has to do stuff like that.
Wrote emails and then cleared email (Down to two!)
Writing Stuff (Finally!)
Read through emails and sorted them into appropriate spots, from seven of my co-writers on A Pioneer Christmas Collection.
The best-selling book is rereleasing in September and we’ve been discussing and gearing up for the new edition.
I’ve been spearheading the marketing. I wrote blog posts on all nine authors in 2013 when the book first came out. I’m updating those blog posts and needed more information.
To that end, two weeks ago I sent the writers a detailed list of ideas and things to do.
I’ve heard from all but one and I need to get started on the materials I have.
So I did.
I wrote out 70 tweets.
I ate lunch and now I’m writing this blog. Once I’m done here, I’ll get down to real work.
The Actual Writing
Part of the reason I take a summer hiatus is so I can do research. I spent a week at Wheaton College’s Special Collections Library in July.
Once I returned home, I spent the next two weeks’ worth of writing time following up on details from that research.
Last week, I began outlining and sketching out the project.
This week I’ll be reviewing all the research and putting it into the specific chapters I’ve planned.
I have a lot of material.
As I sift through and sort it, I’ve been writing notes into my large Word document (and wondering if this would work in Scrivener, but I don’t have time to master the program this week).
I’ve been noting where I found the information, or just cutting and pasting it straight into the document.
I’ll start some actual writing this week, the ideas are swirling in my head and demanding to be written.
Fine. I can do that.
I hope to have the proposal ready by the end of August.
But that’s why I need to use my afternoons strategically and well.
I’ll write until about 5. Two sons are coming for dinner tonight, so I’ll be cooking.
Because I’m on hiatus as noted above, I don’t “work” in the evenings during the summer.
(Folding laundry, which some think is “play” is done at night).
However, if we’re watching a movie, I pull out the laptop and either work on tweets or update my website.
I’ll be transforming this morning’s tweets into a spreadsheet for Hootsuite tonight, which I then will share with my Pioneer Christmas cowriters.
The rest of the week
This is what’s on my work list–things that need to be handled during the morning:
Write a B&S blog post
Write my own blog post
Answer questions and provide material for an interview on Stitches Through Time
Answer questions and provide material for an interview with Novel Pastimes
Frame out all the personal blog posts for Pioneer Christmas.
Write personal newsletter
Contact a coordinator about a speaking engagement.
Work on tweets for The 12 Brides of Christmas
And of course, I’ll be following the comments here and on Thursday.
It’s 1:59. I get to hang laundry on the line (play!) and then it’s back to the real work–only an hour late!
What do you imagine a writer’s full time life looks like?
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