My working day

simonweller-mikegayle.jpgA question I'm often asked (apart from how to get published) is how, when and where I write. The 'Where' part is easy enough as I write in a pink-walled bedroom that used to belong to my youngest daughter and which I still haven't got around to painting. The room has views over the garden which you would think would be good in that there are less distractions however I have found that in times when the writing isn't going so well I develop an unhealthy fascination with bird and squirrel activity (eg. Where does he think he's going with that nut? It's huge.)

As for the 'When' I write pretty much every day between 8.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. I've tried writing for longer and all that happens is that I end up making more trips downstairs to make cups of tea and I've tried doing less but I just end up frustrated that I have to quit just as it's getting good. Eight in the morning until two in the afternoon is just enough time to warm up and really get stuck in while leaving me just enough time to tweet, Facebook and stare out of the window.

Finally the 'How'. I write on a 27" Apple iMac with which I have a love/hate relationship. I love it because 98% of the time when problems arise generally speaking I can fix it and I hate it because it cost a small fortune and Apple are quickly becoming THE EVIL EMPIRE (but that's another story). On a good day I like to write about 2000 words, on a bad day I'll be happy if I get a decent paragraph down. Mostly, I settle for getting a key scene done in a way that doesn't want to make me smash my very expensive iMac.


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