The Full-Time Author Life

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As you all know, I rarely blog. Hmmm. Like NEVER blog. But being that this is Indie Book Day, and I have two new series that are independent, AND my good friend Kathryn Biel asked me to do it, how could I say no? (I didn’t, obviously.)

But I do have a good reason to celebrate Indie Book Day. Because now that I write full time, I have the opportunity to write MORE. So for this blog I thought I’d talk about what my life is like now that I write full time.

At first, I wasn’t sure if this would work. Would I be productive? Would my creativity suffer since I had all day to write instead of a few hours tucked away here and there? Would I eat M&M’s all day and watch Cake Wars on an endless loop?

Oh, come on. I ration out the M&M’s and we all know I watch other things on TV. Like Fixer Upper.

But I have to say, without a doubt, leaving the day job is the best decision I’ve ever made.

I love going to work each day. And having more time to write has opened more doors for me, such as the opportunity to do two independent series, Life, Love & Lattes and Rinkside In The Rockies. I never would have had the time to write these additional series if I wasn’t writing full time.

So what is my day like now?

I get up each morning at 6:30 and get my daughter ready for school. I take her, come back, make my protein smoothie and watch The Golden Girls. Every morning, without fail. Why? Because the comedic writing in The Golden Girls is brilliant. I’m inspired whenever I watch this or I Love Lucy. Classic comedic writing that never gets old, and as a comedic writer, this gets me excited to get to my work every morning.

By nine o’clock, I’m ready to write. I grab a cup of Starbucks Italian or French roast (whatever I have stashed in my drawer but it has to be DARK) and add some cream and head down to my home office. I do have a designated room for writing, with my vision boards hanging on the wall. I pull up the YouTube playlist I’ve created for the current manuscript, and I write. Around 10:30 I allow myself some M&Ms. Then I go until one o’clock. At that point, I’m done with the writing part of my day.

Usually I can write a chapter a day/day and a half, but I can’t do more than that. My brain is usually clocking out by lunchtime. After lunch, the rest of the day is spent on social media and typing up notes for what I will work on tomorrow. Then it’s time for a workout and to pick my daughter up from school.

What I love the most about writing full time I can create the stories that have have been lingering in my head. I’m writing more than I ever have in my life, and I’m so happy doing it. It took a long time before I could take the leap, but it was worth the wait.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to write for a hot hockey boy named Cade in Sugar and Ice. But I’m sure you won’t mind, since you’ll get to read him in December. 🙂

*PS-Want some suggested indie book reads? Here’s a link to a Pinterest board by my fabulous indie author friend Kathryn Biel and you might find some other independent authors you’d like to try. https://www.pinterest.com/kathrynrbiel/indie-book-day-2016/

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