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I'm a traditionally and self published author. I write in the genre of children and YA at the moment but working my way up to adults. I'm a sports loving, photo taking gal who loves to sing/dance to my own enjoyment. I love to laugh even at myself. I am also owned by 8 birds and 2 hamsters, and yes they know it. :)

Do You have a writing routine?

Do you stick to a routine in your writing? Do you write every day? Do you have in your mind how much you want to write each time?

I use to have a routine where I wrote daily. Regardless of what was going on in my life, I stuck to it. That mentality worked for me for quite a while. It worked for such a long time.

Then life did what it always does. It got crazy to where I either had to get up early or stay up late to stick to my routine. Plus, what I wrote during this time frame was not always gold. Heck, it was not even silver.

I had to reevaluate what use to work for me to if it was feasible to still work for me. I had to wind my mind around a different path or else drive myself already batty.

While it took a few years, I have calmed down and celebrate the aspects of writing. If I do any writing, I will now include that for the win. It can include revising, editing, marketing, and more.

Floating in my writings group was a constant buzz. So long as you write, regardless of how much, consider it a win.

Now, I do. I have drunk the cool-aid. It does not matter if it is a paragraph. I no longer say, ” I wrote just a paragraph.” I now say, “Wow, I wrote a paragraph.”

If it brings you one step closer to completion, that’s what matters? To me, now it does.

The accumulation of items regardless what your venture is

With whatever your venture is, that comes the inevitable amount of products associated with them. If you are a painter, you will have paints, brushes, canvases, easels, and more. If you are a photographer, you will have cameras, lenses, tripod, flash, carrying bags, clothes, and more.

It is not different when it comes to writers. One will need a tablet, laptop, or desktop, printer, printer paper, and in my case, notebooks and pens since I do write by hand the majority of my manuscripts.

I have endless books on writing that I go back to often for research and relearning. At the moment, that covers right now three bookcases. Ugh.

As someone who prints out her manuscripts in various stages, I prefer hard copies to edit, those take-up space which means a file cabinet that is chock full of writing implements, hard drives, thumb drives, and handouts.

It goes on and on.

Some of these are necessary. With any venture comes the avalanche of equipment or accessories you will eventually end up needing.

And while my office is getting filled even though it is a decent size office, it is getting filled up.

But it is a comfy office that when I sit back in my chair and look around find it is the right environment for me to be productive as an author.

The joy of Revising One’s Manuscript:Yes, I’m joking

I always figured the hard part of being one was writing the book. I soon found out writing the book was one of the easiest parts of the journey.

Revising is a big part of getting one’s book in the best shape possible. If you don’t have all the ducks in a row, the novel may not go very far.

But how many revisions and editing is too much? Can you go overboard and make it worse?

I get the fact that we want it as perfect as we can make it. But revision can take up a lot of one’s time. If you are fortunate to be part of a critique group or beta group, that can help you shave off some of that precious time.

But there comes a point when you have to say enough is enough. I’ve done all I can do and move that manuscript forever. That is not easy to do. We want it to fly as well as possible. It may even come to a point where we become obsessive in our revisions and editing. I have been there a few times. It is not fun. LOL

But at the end of the day, we need to step back and evaluate how close we to being done, are we just tired of it all and let move on or realize that you have done all one can without ruining your story. Only you can decide when you are ready. Let’s hope you don’t keep your fans waiting so long they move on.