Roberts is a self-taught writer and has published 182 novels. She writes eight hours a day and her advice to writers: Ass in the chair.
I couldn't have said it better.
But that ass in the chair doesn't mean a disciplined writer. In my previous blog, Exiled at the Beach, I wrote about procrastination and how it sabotages my writing efforts on a daily basis. I actually named it Clementina and lamented how she would seduce me to do anything else, but write.
Do I have her under control? Yes and no. Yes, because I write for a living; no because I'm not as productive with my novel. I still make excuses to not write. These run the gamut from:
- Walking the dogs
- Reading a book (with the excuse that as a writer and book reviewer I have to read)
- Taking a shower for inspiration
- Go to the post office for the mail
- Email, email, and email!
- Reading other blogs
- Plain ol' putzing around
Before I know it eight hours have whizzed by, and if I did write anything that day it might have been five pages for my novel Julius. And I consider myself lucky if that's the case. Five pages a day can easily turn out to be 150 pages a month, but that rarely happens. It just might be five pages for the entire month or even three months. Pathetic, n'est-ce-pas?
And because I don't want to be pathetic or rushing through my work, it's time to sign-off and write. . . .