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A Day in the Life


Recently on Instagram, I posted about my writing setup. I’ve had a successful week so, I thought I’d share what a good day looks like.

For April, I have an editing job, a revision (my own), and a draft on tap. The edit is on round two and I had five days to get it back to my client. It’s a lengthy proofread—over 90,000 words.

This week I hit the bed early and got up around 9 or 10 a.m. each day. After getting dressed, I had coffee and a quick breakfast, hitting the computer around 11:00 a.m.


Whether or not I break for lunch, I’ve been finishing the edit (44 pages daily) around 4:30 or 5:00 in the afternoon. On to the next item…


This is the month I’m supposed to revise Not for a Moment, a dark romantic suspense. Not counting weekends, I need to do an average of nine pages daily. I hate stopping in the middle of a chapter. Yesterday, I did about twelve pages. Mind you, I’m still working standard format in Word (8.5 x 11 sized page with one inch margins). It’s takes me about two hours to finish the revision. Next…


Savage Charm was part of my alter ego’s Frisky Friday Flash Fiction in 2018. In creating the draft, I first cull all the flash fiction segments and work them into an outline. The story is expanded and portions altered to fit a richer tale. I’ve done three chapters so far this week. Each chapter is roughly 2,000 words which I can write in about two hours or so. When I hit the word count, I go back and fix chunks so that it flows better.

It’s been a light week for dinner—quick meals and leftovers. So, I usually take a break during the rough draft and have a bite to eat. Then I return to writing. 

Depending upon the projects for the day, I can end around 8:00. The past couple of days it’s been around 11:00 p.m. Once I’m finished with the edit job, I’ll be back to a 7:00 end time. 

And that’s my day in a big nutshell. 

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