I may be a romance writer by night (and mom, educator, do-it-all-er by day…and soon to be full-time multiple-genre writer by day) but writing is far from romantic. Yet, I do it. Why? Love, of course. And not just those happy-ever-after loves [although I do enjoy those]. Writers have their varying reasons for pursuing this tough career choice, but I will put my money on the fact that most do it because it has been a dream and a love of theirs for years or decades. Many folks already know my story and path to publication, so I won’t go all into that. Today, I’m going to talk about pie! Not pumpkin or pecan or apple (all three very good, in my opinion), but rather what a writer spends her time on. It may come as a surprise that writing is not the biggest piece of that pie.
Revising and deleting entire scenes, chapters, or characters
Editing (not to be confused with revision)
Research. And more research – historical battles, flora and fauna, cultural habits, locations, language, tools, weapons…the list is long. Be it a magazine or novel, I always research something.
Querying and submitting to agents and editors (and writing the query and synopsis to go to said agents/editors, as well as researching the market)
Editing again (proofs, galleys, emails with agents or editors)
Networking and Twitter-ing
Promotion and Marketing
Honing Craft (books, workshops, entering short story contests to test your craft abilities)
Engaging with peers/writer groups/critique partners