A Typical Day and Other Thoughts
by J.T. Bishop
As a writer, I get asked frequently about how I come up with my ideas, how I manage to think of my stories, and what my day looks like as an author. When do I write and how often do I write?
It’s a good question. When talking with other writers or reading about their methods, it seems everyone has a different process. There are several recommendations on what works and what doesn’t, how often a writer should write and how many words you should get down on a page every day. When I first started, I wondered if I was doing it right. Was I getting enough done? Was I writing enough? Was there more I could do?
Now that I’m a few years in, I’m much more relaxed about it. I have found that we all find our own method which typically depends on your personal situation. Are you a full-time writer? Do you have to fit in your writing around a forty-hour work week? Do you have kids? Do you have additional obligations to handle outside of everything else? It’s a personal thing, so I learned quickly that you have to find what works for you. What I do may not work for someone else. So I stopped doubting my process. I do what satisfies me and leave it at that. If I can write every day, great, but I usually don’t. Do I hit a certain word count every time I write? No. It just depends on how much time I have. I do the best I can with what I have to work with. It’s all anyone can do and it’s worked so far for me.
As far as my day goes, when I have an uninterrupted morning, I’m usually up around eight, I get a cup of coffee, sit on the couch, open up my laptop, and get going. I can stay there and write for as long as the mood strikes me. I’ve written straight through to lunch or longer if I’m working on a good scene. I like to write to a planned stopping point, which is usually the end of a chapter. Even if I’m into hour three or four and I feel my brain fogging up on me, if I’m not ready to stop, I’ll keep going even though I know the writing won’t be my best. I’ll push through it and clean it up later. I just need to get my thoughts on paper until I reach a point where I feel I’m ready to take a break. There’s a definite feel to it. If the energy is there and I feel inspired, I’ll write. If not, then I don’t. It’s an ebb and flow I have come to trust. There are weeks where I write every day like a fiend, and others where maybe I’ll get only a few hours in and that’s it. I know the general advice for most is to write every day, but that doesn’t always work for me. That’s okay, though. I don’t think my writing suffers because of it.
Once I hit my stopping point, my writing is done for that day. I’ll get something to eat because by then I’m usually starving. (I try not to skip meals if possible, otherwise I won’t make the best food choices when I’m hungry. The scale is not kind to me when that happens.) The rest of my day could be editing another work in progress, doing some marketing, or writing a blog post. I try to get a workout in, too. When I first started writing, everything else I needed to do went by the wayside. I stopped exercising, ate food that was more fast than healthy, and my tighter clothes showed it. I had to learn to keep the balance in my life. Working out, eating well, and still getting my writing time is key. Plus, the better you feel, the better you write. That’s my personal opinion.
So that’s a little bit about me and my writing day. I’ve honed it over the years and have learned what works best and what doesn’t. So, are you a writer, or a creator of some sort? What’s your creative process? What works for you and what would you offer as advice to a fellow creator? Comment below and let me know. I’m always curious to hear what others think.
About J.T. Bishop
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, J. T. Bishop began writing in 2012. Inspired by a video that theorized the meaning of the end of the Mayan calendar, J. T. began the Red-Line trilogy. The video surmised that the earth was the central hub of activity for extraterrestrials thousands of years ago. J.T. didn’t know whether that was true or not, but it did spawn an idea. What if those extraterrestrials were still here? Two years and a lot of work later, the first three Red-Line books were complete, but she’s not done. The Red-Line saga develops as she continues to write new books.
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Thank you, J.T. Bishop, for telling us about your typical day as an author. We appreciate you taking the time to share this with our readers!
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