I just wanted to sorta throw out there that I would never, ever, recommend my work ethic involving writing to anybody. This is more or less a Ben Moody quote from back when he was still in Evanescence. I read it in Revolver Magazine once, and I believe I'm pretty much the same way. Here's a breakdown of my day:
- Wake up around 3pm.
- Work at my day job.
- Pick up a coffee from Dunkin' Donuts
- Come home and take a shower
- Turn on my laptop and space heater
- Procure snacks. This could be anything from an actual dinner plate to a package of cookies or imitation Ho-Ho's or on rare occasions, salad.
- Drink water, more coffee, or a Monster. I'm slightly addicted to Monster energy drinks.
- Fight with myself about writing and somehow go from "I DON'T WANNA DO IT RIGHT NOW!" to "If I hear any outside noises while I'm in the world of my novel that isn't ambient music (Loscil is my favorite) or my space heater, I'm gonna strangle someone."
- Feel extremely powerful, accomplished, in the zone, and ultra-connected to the emotions of my characters
- Take scattered breaks involving internet and Facebooking, Tumblring, watching Ghost In The Shell episodes, Glee, V, or Young Indiana Jones
- Write some more
- Go to bed at any time between the hours of 7am-12pm.
As you can see, this is quite obviously a HORRIBLE routine for writing, but I've been doing roughly the same thing for close to 2 years now. Last year I wrote my first novel (The Orphaned Ones) and it took me the entire year to complete. Blue Car Racer, on the other hand, is taking me less than 6 months. I'm not entirely sure how or why. My theory is that I did a whole lot more research for The Orphaned Ones, but also a lot more slacking off since I was more or less stuck in a pit of despair.
In a rather ironic twist, my life situation of fighting with my roommate and feeling awful for the entire year did end up greatly influencing the story in a direction that I was pretty much aiming for.
The moral of that little story is that bloodsuckers always win, I suppose.
Back to how my work ethic is unhealthy...I'm seriously debating a change. While it's often fun to stay up late all the time and write since I'm such a night person, it is about time I saw the open sunlight once again. I think it's been about...3 days? That's also because of adverse weather, but still. We all need some vitamin D.
Also, just a friendly reminder, don't forget to turn your clocks forward before going to bed tonight if you live in an area that observes Daylight Savings Time =)