Having begun her writing career at the tender age of seven by publishing a poem in a children's magazine, Ms. Green has spent many years at typewriter and keyboard.
She's the author of 11 published projects (10 ebooks; and one out-of-print traditional book).
She is a member of EPIC, the Erotic Authors Association, and the Erotica Readers and Writers Association.
Ms. Green resides in the Washington DC area, is married to her best friend, and is the mother of twin daughters.
(LOVE Twins, I (jenn) have a set of my own) :)
A Day in the Life of a Writer
When I wrote, Psyched Out, I had trouble with the ending. I spent an entire day on about 1,000 words. That's a huge outlay of time for very little progress, but it was the hot ending that the story needed, and although I wasn't having a particularly creative day, I managed to come up with the sexy segment in a workmanlike way. Sometimes, a little mental muscle is what it takes.
My last few novellas, Liv's Journey ,Strong, Silent Type, and Kiki's Millionaire all contemporary spanking romances, flowed like wine from a carafe. They were full panoramic landscapes just waiting to be described. Those are the days that a writer lives for. They're the drug of choice, by far.
Research is also part of a writer's day. You can't write about what you don't understand. When I wrote my historical romance, Under Wraps, I had to do extensive research on the historical period, the geography, and the cultures involved. Fortunately, I enjoy history and scholarly pursuits, so the research was a pleasure. Then I had to pick and choose which tidbits to use. I think we've all read books where the writer sort of dumps all that research on the reader. One of the fiction writer's chores is to sort through and use what needs to be used, rather than every "fascinating" detail.
Even contemporary pieces require research. For Strong, Silent Type, I had to investigate police procedure, for example. And for Liv's Journey, I had to study Texas geography, even though I lived there for five years. Research can also lead to creative moments.
Marketing is a big factor in writing. Writers of all levels have lots of marketing to do. I spend an hour or two each day at marketing chores. Would I rather be writing fiction? You bet! But I'd be writing only for my own consumption if I neglected my website, lists, social networking and writing blogs for tours like this one.
There is a business aspect to writing as well. Becoming a professional writer is opening a small business. One has to track royalties, sales and taxes, as well as preparing manuscripts for sale, synopses for proposals and cover letters that entice publishers.
Writers also have to be readers, and for the majority of us, that's where the writing bug bit us. We're inspired by what we read, so much so that we are compelled to do it better, explore new aspects of characterization and plot, and build new worlds. So, a chunk of any writer's day has to be spent reading. That sounds like fun, but remember, this is critical reading and analysis, and entertainment is only one factor.
When I've finished for the day, I close my various documents (character profiles, setting profiles, plot notes, and manuscript) and walk away from the computer. I don't stop thinking about the story, and often I dream about upcoming segments, but I don't write anything more than a scrawled note to myself. Mandatory creativity is tiring.
So that's a day in a writer's life—my life. Creativity, research, analysis, marketing and business are all part of the process. Does it sound like fun or work? For me, it's fun most of the time, and work part of the time. I can't imagine having a better job.
_______________________________________________________________________________Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse at a day in your life :) Thanks to Goddess Fish and Name before the Masses for hosting your tour