Well I did, actually. But it was work stuff—not nearly as interesting. So without actually telling you what the book is about (yet), I’m going to talk about daily work.
So how does a person write and edit a book, anyway? It’s like that old elephant thing: how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Angry elephant aside, there’s only one way to finish a book. And that’s to sit your ass down and do it, one word at a time. Every day, if you can.
Why write daily? If you’re planning on doing this for a living (good luck with that one, by the way), it’s like any other job. Your boss may schedule you for a set number of hours each week. The same goes for your writing. If you sit down at a prescribed time each day, before you know it, those words will be out of your head and on the paper.
Because I work at a job, I like to use my lunch hour to write and edit. I get my file open and ready to go, clock out, and go make my food. Then I come back and get right to it. If I do any work at night, it’s the same drill. Weekends get a more varied schedule. For example, I might work after I come back from skating on Saturdays (and sometimes Sundays), or wait until afternoon if I have errands.
The point isn’t to get as many hours in as you would at work. It’s just to pick a time, and write. Like any habit or routine, the more you do it, the easier it gets. After a while, you won’t have to make yourself sit down; you’ll just find yourself there.
Now I’m going to spend a couple of hours on my homework, and then I’ll do more editing. See you tomorrow. In the meantime, please enjoy this compiliation of Maru, the internet’s cutest kitty, in various sleepytime poses!
- Elephant Watercolors (hikingartist.com)
- How Do You Eat an Elephant?… (catherinekanewrites.wordpress.com)