|My desk and workspace|
If you want to make it in this business, make writing a job.
For the curious, here’s a rundown of how my basic day begins. I get up early, as in before daylight. I’m also a mom so I rise before the kids and after a cup or two of coffee to get my mind alert, I check emails. I also start a to-do list for the coming day. After I feed and get my children out the door to the bus, I spent several hours either writing or doing writing-related tasks. It can include editing, filling out cover art forms, writing blurbs, keeping up with my four blogs, using social networking to keep up with other writers and the reading community, and other details. I may pause long enough to start the laundry or let my Jack Russell terrier out into the yard but otherwise I work until lunch. After a brief stop, I bring in the mail and get back to work for several more hours. Then it’s time to meet the kids, cook supper, talk to my husband when he gets home. After dinner, I pay bills, play a little online, keep up with friends, and make phone calls to family. Sometimes I get a little more work done, sometimes not.
My schedule doesn’t vary much even on weekends. I’ve been known to work on holidays too, at least a few hours worth. If I go on vacation, it’s usually a working trip with a visit at a writer’s conference or research for an upcoming project. And the laptop goes along too.
Contrary to popular belief, I don’t hobnob with the rich and famous, attend galas, ride around in my limo and I’m far from rich. I’ve done a few local television appearances but I’ve yet to mark The Tonight Show off my bucket list.
I work long, often hard hours but I enjoy what I do. Reader feedback makes a positive impact too. I often urge people to remember I’m not home watching television or playing Farmville. I’m working because writing is a job and once I began to give it the same respect as any other employment, my career moved in new directions.
Facebook: my personal page is Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy plus I just kicked off an author page – From Sweet to Heat: The Romance of Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
Blog: Rebel Writer: Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Lee-Ann-Sontheimer-Murphy/e/B004JPBM6I