by Dave White
I get home from work, shower and get changed. It's usually around 4:35 on a gym day, 4 on an off day.
I sit in front of the computer and check my email, check Twitter, then check and see if there is anything cool going on. Usually there isn't.
Start music. Usually a live album or something long. I hate shuffle. It always picks songs I hate.
Finally get around to opening Word and the novel or story file. Check up on where I left off and think about where I want the next scene to go.
Write a word. Usually "the."
Check Twitter. That Steve Weddle is on there a lot.
Write a few sentences. I know where I want the scene to go, but I'm having trouble with description. What's the day look like? Are the characters inside? What the hell does the room look like?
God forbid it's just one person all alone. I have to describe all that? Better find someone for him to talk to.
Type for what feels like forever. I must be close to 1,000 words.
Check word count. 171.
Check Twitter. Yep, Stringer is watching football. Check Rutgers basketball message boards. Nothing has changed on that front.
Write some more. I really like where this scene is going. Could end up with a nice dramatic plot twist. Check word count.
Write some more. Check Facebook. Check Facebook again. Update my status to something witty. Wait for comments.
Ah, I got it! I know what he does!
Back to manuscript. Write straight through. Hit 1,000 words. Breathe a sigh of relief. Save file. Listen to the end of the live album. God this encore ruled.
Put on TV.
I know when people watch me write, they always think I don't do anything. They always see me on websites and messing around with email. But while I'm doing this I'm thinking. The plot is rolling around in my head and I just need the spark to push through. And in order for my subconscious to work, I need to be doing something else.
Facebook, Twitter, and message boards are great for that.
But when I revise, I usually need to go some place without Wi-Fi. I need to focus then.
What is your writing day like?