writers like to get up really early and write before sunrise. I
am not one of those writers. I get up early, and walk into walls
for a couple of hours. After I have had a LOT of coffee, and watched
the first hour of THE TODAY SHOW, I am ready to go to my office.
But I am not ready to write. Not yet.
First I answer my email. Then I check out USA TODAY online. Then
I play a couple of games of computer solitaire. Then I put on some
music, depending on what I am writing. When I was writing YANKEE
GIRL I listened to the Beatles, and a lot of oldies stations.
Now I am ready to write.
When I am writing a first draft, I just write. I don't go back
and re-read or even fix the spelling. I just keep writing. If I
can't think of what comes next, I write "I can't think of what
comes next" and keep writing. I'll do that until I get REALLY
stuck. Then I'll go pop some popcorn (the kind you make on the stove.)
Walking around the house crunching on popcorn helps me think. Then
I go back and write some more, until it is time to go to the gym
and work out. Sitting in front of a computer screen without moving
is not very good for you, so I try to go to the gym at the same
time every day.
After I come home, I print out what I wrote that morning. I take
it with me to the skating rink while my daughter practices. I can
revise while she skates.