Monthly update – December 2016

Over the past several years, I’ve made it a tradition to post my working hours every month to keep myself accountable and to give you some insight into what’s going on behind the scenes, so to say. I spent the last weeks of December on vacation at a lovely beach with gorgeous weather, so I only now took a look at my December numbers. Here’s what I’ve been up to in the last month of 2016: I got the edits back for my latest novel, Falling Hard, which is a medical romance between an interracial couple. Luckily, there wasn’t that …

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A Day in the Life of a Full-Time Writer

The one-year anniversary of my transition to full-time writing is quickly approaching, and it makes me think about how much my life has changed. So I thought I would blog about a typical day in the life of a full-time writer—if there even is such a thing. Each day is different, which is part of the fun, but I try to keep a certain structure. So here’s what I did yesterday. I never set an alarm clock, but my inner clock wakes me at the same time every day, usually around 7:15 a.m. I get up, change into my work …

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Perfect settings

When I first started doing research for my newest novel, Something in the Wine, I decided to set it in Paso Robles, California. Once I decided on the location, I looked for a place within driving distance where one of the romantic key scenes could take place. When I stumbled across a website of Moonstone Beach, I knew I had found the perfect location. Two of my beta readers have visited Moonstone Beach and sent me photos (Thank you to RJ and Erin for letting me use a few of the photos for this blog post). Here’s a description of …

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Revising True Nature

I’m in the middle of revising my work-in-progress, True Nature. And I don’t mean changing a sentence here and a comma there. I’m talking about the gory, elbow-deep-in-plot-problems kind of revisions. At times, it’s frustrating, but I’m also learning a lot, so I thought I would share what I’ve learned so far. The old saying really is true: Writing is rewriting. If you think your first draft is a perfectly publishable book, think again. And again. And again…   If you have several beta readers or test readers, you’ll get conflicting advice, e.g., “I thought the end was dragging” vs. …

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Skyscrapers

While some writers say they haven’t read a book in years, most writers I know are voracious readers. But, of course, the time spent reading takes away from your writing time and vice versa. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing, but since I started writing every day, my reading time has declined. Most nonfiction I read nowadays is research for my next novel or book on writing. And when it comes to reading fiction, those numbers have declined a bit. In 2010, I read a total of 79 novels. Still not bad, but it was more in …

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