My writing 'process'
Typical day of writing for Craig Alanson:
6-7AM Get up to walk dogs before it gets too hot. While walking, think of scenes to write today
7-9AM Breakfast, shower, edit previous day's writing
9AM Sit down to write, with notes and voice memos from this morning, last night and yesterday
9:07AM Finish writing all the scenes I had planned
9:08AM Try to think up ideas for scenes to write
9:32AM Browse Amazon to look for writers who are much, much better than me, which is all of them.
9:37AM Including the guy who published a book about clipping his toenails. Actually, it is a trilogy.
9:48AM Wonder why I ever thought I could write a book
11AM Have incredibly clever idea for putting Merry Band of Pirates in impossible situation
11:12AM Finish writing scene that puts Merry Band of Pirates in impossible situation
11:23AM How the F&*% am I going to get the Merry Band of Pirates out of this mess? It's impossible!
11:58AM Brainstorm! Have idea to get the Merry Band of Pirates out of impossible situation.
12:11PM Make incredibly delicious Fluffernutter sandwich, eat it
12:29PM Realize "idea" is to have Gandalf from Lord of the Rings rescue the Merry Band of Pirates
12:30PM Consider other ideas
12:53PM Consider writing to JRR Tolkien's estate for permission to use Gandalf as an ExForce character
1:24PM Utter, abject despair
1:45PM The Pit of Despair from 'Princess Bride' is looking like a nice place compared to where I am now
1:52PM Look to bourbon bottle for ideas
1:53PM Bourbon bottle says I am an idiot and should never, never try to write again
1:55PM Finally an idea! I will pour a shot of rum into the Fluff jar to make 'Flumm'.
1:56PM Need an idea related to the book I am writing
2:05PM Consider applying for a real job because I clearly can't write
2:06PM Reject idea of finding a real job because no one would hire such an idiot
2:24PM Take dog for another walk
2:41PM Get idea for scene to write
2:42PM Lose track of dog while attempting to write notes on phone
2:44PM Drop phone, note gets erased
3:02PM Return home, dog is on front porch waiting for me
3:17PM Have new idea, since I already forgot the idea I had while walking the dog.
3:33PM Finally sit down to write something, anything.
4:08PM Goal wordcount for the day: 4,000. Actual wordcount: 4192. Yay!
4:09PM Celebrate that today was SO much better than yesterday