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Amy and Jennifer ARE Seduced by Books. We’re both in our 30’s, moms, close friends, work together, and share many of the same interests including our love of reading. Amy grew up in Maryland and has been obsessed with Vampires for as long as she can remember. Jenn grew up in Florida and loves the furry, the fey, and the fangs, in that order. Currently we are both in Orlando, FL. When we can be pulled away from books, Amy loves to bake and Jenn loves to take pictures and scrap.
We decided to create a place where we could direct friends, and acquaintances for, book suggestions/recommendations (Jenn’s been known to talk to strangers on the train while traveling in NYC). Once we started out with a simple page, we evolved from there. Now we are sharing our book reviews, fun comments, recipes, and giveaways. We try to give reviews on new releases, pre-releases, and oldies but goodies that we read, or are reading. We’re going to be adding author interviews for established and up and coming authors soon.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Welcome Patricia Green Guest Post

Please welcome today – Patricia Green – who has written an intriguing guest post of a day in her life.

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
Patricia Green

Some people call me an "author." To me, that sounds a little like I'm having tea and sugar cookies while signing book jackets. While it's true that I "author" books, down at the core, I simply write stuff. Sometimes the stuff is long enough to be a book and sometimes it's a short story. Occasionally, it's an article like the one you're reading now. Before I wrote fiction, I wrote business materials and literary analysis. It's all stringing words together to create something new and, hopefully, interesting for readers.

I can only speak for myself; and since I do this full-time, I don't represent all writers, but my typical work week is made up of six work days and one day off. On my work days, I work about seven hours, and take a half hour lunch break. The hours I work are intense because, in many ways, they entail mandatory creativity. Usually, there's a movie in my head and all I need to do is transcribe it. But some days—oh those days!—there are interruptions, crises, irritations, and the movie just isn't there. I've had days when I felt like a clay brick, dense and heavy and anything but creative, but I wrote. And, you know what? The feeling of dull helplessness went away and, at the end of the day, I'd done a good day's work.

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.

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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

4 comments:

  1. Thanks, Amy and Jennifer, for having me here today. I appreciate your time and effort, and truly support what you're doing. This blog is terrific!

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  2. Hi, Patricia! I envy you your commitment to writing and ability to do it fulltime. And it does sound like a full time job, but one you love to do. This is a great inside look at the life of a writer and the writer's process. Thanks for a great post!

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  3. Hi, Jenna. Thank you! Like everyone else, I enjoy sharing my experiences with others. I couldn't do it without my husband, though. He makes things fall in place. I'm lucky on many levels.

    I'm glad you got a chance to stop by! Thank you!

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