I suppose most people start their days with coffee or tea. I prefer the former and I make myself a large cup of coffee every morning. I turn on my laptop while the coffee brews and get my breakfast ready, although that is optional while the coffee is not.
It takes about one or two sips before I wake up properly. I have the bad habit of reading the news while I eat. I browse a few online news websites and check my emails. I find it easier to respond to emails with a fresh dose of caffeine coursing through my veins. Once I get to all the emails and send some of my own, I slowly – and I mean slowly – get to work.
What I do in the mornings largely depends on what I am currently working on. If I have any revisions in progress, then that is what I start with because I find it easier to get into revising than writing. I re-read any comments or suggestions from the editor or any notes I left when I last read the text and start from there. Editor notes are invaluable as they see your text from a different point of view, and even if one doesn’t agree with what they have to say, their suggestions might still spark a new idea or offer inspiration.
Around ten o’clock, the first dose of caffeine has long been used up and I brew a fresh cup. I’m a sweet-tooth, so I raid the cupboards for a dessert to go with it. A smallish one, of course, as I prepare a quick lunch around noon. Sometimes it’s just a sandwich, sometimes a salad. It is unavoidably followed by another cup of coffee.
If I was editing in the morning, I try to switch to writing in the afternoon because I find it more stimulating to mix things up a bit. It gets tedious to revise a text all day long, except if I’m on a tight deadline and I don’t have a choice. At the moment, I’m working on a vaguely dystopian YA I’m not sure yet where it is going to go. I’ll let it surprise me and allow the characters to lead me wherever they want to.
I try to write 1500 to 2000 words by four o’clock, but it doesn’t always happen. Sometimes it’s just 200 words, but if it’s a difficult passage or the part turns out to be really good, I’m just as satisfied with it as I would be with 2000 words that need heavy revisions.
At five past four I rush to wash up the coffee cups that fill up the sink before Husband comes home and gives me a lecture on the negative effects of too much coffee. After we eat dinner, I innocently suggest we could have a nice cup of coffee. He eyes me suspiciously, but he’s long learned not to ask how many I’ve already had. 😉