08 October

#BlinkBlog: Day In The Life

We’re back with another #BlinkBlog! Curious how some of your favorite Blink authors spend their day? Keep reading to find out…

Alison Gervais: A day in my life is unbelievably boring, to be honest. I work a 9 am – 5 pm desk job, Monday through Friday, which leaves little time for anything exciting. I try to write when I can, but it’s never on a consistent schedule. It’s a miracle I get anything done on time, writing wise.

Annie Sullivan: Well, I have a day job, so I usually get up and go to that. I might answer some questions from bloggers during lunch or catch up on Facebook notifications. After work, I try to get in some writing and then have dinner. I also try to get something posted to Instagram before I go to bed!

Christina June:  A day as an author for me is also a day as a school counselor, a mom, a partner and an adult.  Time is a luxury, so it’s necessary for me to be as efficient as possible. Depending on where I am in the process, I’ll likely use the windows of time before and after my contract hours end, as well as the evening after my daughter goes to sleep, to write.  Drafting is easier for me when I have small chunks of time, but revisions requires focus, so that’s often done on weekends. It’s definitely a juggling act.

Heather Hepler:  I try to write for three or so hours a day. Then I try to spend another hour working on things like my blog, social media, and answering emails. I also try to touch all of the projects I’m working on every day. This keeps me in touch with the characters and the stories. If too many days pass without working on a story, it starts to feel like it’s unraveling in my hands.

Laurie Boyle Crompton: It basically goes: …procrastinate, procrastinate, procrastinate, write like mad, celebrate, procrastinate…

I actually believe both procrastinating and daydreaming are important parts of my process, but they’re still my biggest obstacles to being my productive best.

Maureen McQuerry: On an ideal day, I write in morning from 8-12, take an exercise and lunch break. I like hiking, biking, barre classes. Then, tend to the business side of writing in the afternoon, run errands and meet with friends. I usually return to writing in the evening. But most days are far from ideal. I juggle supervising student teachers, serving on several boards and the dailiness of life we all face. And writing is cyclical. there are days when I’m traveling, days when I’m doing author visits, focusing on promotion or researching obscure facts for copy edits, like I’m doing now.

McCall Hoyle: I spend the first half of most days teaching high school English which I absolutely love. Then I have a two to three hour window of time before I pick my son up from school. Most days, I spend that time reading, writing, or walking in the woods.

Stephanie Morrill: I have three kids, so most days it feels like a lot of work just to get to my desk. Even when I’m at my desk, and even though writing has been my profession for 10+ years now, I still have to work hard to prioritize story creating and writing. It’s so easy for time to get swallowed up by promoting on social media, interacting with readers, and taking care of all the tasks involved with being self-employed. Except for unique seasons, like when a book is coming out, I split my time so the first 50% is spent writing and the other is spent doing writing-related tasks.

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of the #BlinkBlog…