Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Do you write everyday?

Am always curious how other authors, balance the work-write routine. Here's how Charles O'Keefe, author of The Newfoundland Vampire series, gets around it:  
"For me I guess it’s not so complicated, I’m married but with no kids I still have a lot of free time. With that said my hobbies do distract me and all kinds of promotional activities involved with writing do as well. I find the best way to do this is to make a little schedule, set aside some time every day for writing. I have a routine, I try to get up between 6:30-7am (Monday to Friday) and start writing by 7:30 am or so. I don’t try to overdo it (I do have to go work eventually ;), just 30-45 minutes in the morning and then if I’m on a roll maybe another 30-45 minutes at night. I also just try to do 1-2 (single spaced) pages a day. Surprising if you stick with this after 4-5 months you have the rough draft of your book done! (at least I do). I find also that my day job isn’t very mentally demanding (most of the year anyway) and it gives me time to think on what I’ve written that day and where I’ll go next. If you imagine a scene and work out the details it’s a lot easier when you sit down to write it. Also I find a big help is do an outline for your whole book (or at least 2 or 3 chapters ahead). With an outline I always know where the story will go next (not that it can’t be changed). In fact I do two outlines, one is vague and just summarizes each chapter while the other breaks down every event in each chapter in numerical order. 
The second outline is more for use with my editor but I have on occasion used it myself.Of course there are times when real life gets in the way but I find once you get into the writing groove it’s something I enjoy and it’s nice to see progress. Be realistic and don’t try to write for hours on end, at  least that’s what works for me. Thanks again and happy writing everyone!"

Genre: Horror / Paranormal / Romance / Vampire
Publisher: Penumbra Publishing
Formats Available In: All eBook formats and Print
Release Date: January, 2011

Blurb: Joseph O’Reily is still adjusting to the lifestyle and the dangers that come with being a new vampire. He and Cassandra recently fought to the death with Cassandra’s estranged husband John Snow, and now Joseph has experienced his first ménage a trios, as only a vampire can. As if all of this was not complicated enough, he and Cassandra have been tasked with hunting down and killing a rogue vampire, Donald Rathmore. Another of John Snow’s creations, Donald is an evil misogynistic killer in his own right. Donald has no interest in avenging his creator’s death, but killing 

Cassandra is at the top of his list.While Donald continues his murderous spree, Joseph and Cassandra always seem to be one step behind him. The chase is further complicated as they encounter other vampires and learn more about the mysterious nature of the Vampire Council and the coming war between good and evil. Joseph is only now beginning to trust Cassandra, and this trust will be shaken when he discovers she has even more secrets than he imagined. Her idea of justice and morality is at complete odds with his own. Despite all his powers and growing skill, Joseph is tested physically as a vampire and emotionally by Cassandra. This time the answers and challenges may be too much for the young vampire to handle.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Laxmi :)

    Thanks for being a part of my blog tour, I hope you had a fun Halloween!