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Monday, 16 January 2012

A day in the life of an Author

but not this day!

Pink and fluffy chick lit

Really struggled to get out of bed. Had a late night trying to finish an awkward scene on a novel I’m working on, but ended up playing chess with the computer. This resulted in a tense stand-off with several more games until I was satisfied that the computer was sorry that it beat me in two moves on the first game.

Make coffee, and turn on computer. I can hear it groan. No, that’s my stomach. I haven’t eaten since, er, Saturday (it’s Monday). Funny, I’m as porky as ever. Must be the constant supply of Hobnobs. In the kitchen I pour flakes into a bowl, and top it with milk.

Spooning said flakes into my mouth, I open my email. Spam. Spam. Spam. And more spam. Oh! Win a holiday with one click.

I click. And read. And imagine I’ve won the holiday. I think about the new clothes I would have buy. Would have to buy a new suitcase, too. And lose weight. My dream ends, and the very nice, but very loud Chris Evans declares it’s nine. Already?

I make another coffee, the previous cold, and delete the spam and the holiday. A new email comes in. It’s from a lady whose work I was editing. She’s not happy with the edits. Thinks I was too harsh. Harsh? Learn how to punctuate, muppet!

Another email comes through from an agent I was hopeful on bagging. No, she isn’t going to pursue with my submission after all. I hit the minimize button. Too early in the morning to deal with, and I don’t feel strong enough. Insufficient caffeine circulating the blood stream for a start!

I glug the coffee, but still don’t feel like reading the agent’s email. I wonder about deleting it. If I call her and act like I haven't seen it, maybe she’ll change her mind?

I open last night’s scene. Then immediately minimize it, and click on Twitter. Ah, I’ve several messages and RTs that I need to reply to/thank. Oh no! Kate Moss is trending. Has she died? I click and see that it’s her birthday. I wish her happy birthday.

I go into #wip to see how everyone is getting on with their writing. @Flashgit has managed 5k this morning. I unfollow @Flashgit.

@Bitchfeatures is still editing her  novel. She said she wrote in the whole damn thing in the NaNoWriMo month. I don’t believe her. I report her for abuse.

I type: On second coffee and still can’t get started #wip

Beauty and the Beast
for grown ups
I open up The Scene and re-read aloud to see if it sounds any better. It doesn’t.

Back on Twitter I see if anyone has answered me. They have. @pruebatten suggests I go for a walk to think things over in my head. Good idea actually. The “me time” is very, very important. Note to self – make more “me time”.

I shower and dress, and immediately feel better. I grab my bag and car keys and out I go. Walk? Is she frigging joking! I head to the shops. Nothing like retail therapy for “me time”.

Several hours later, and a lots of pounds lighter (money, not weight – I wish!) I come home. I’ve bought a pair of boyfriend jeans and a T-shirt. I go to dump the bags in my wardrobe, but as I open the door a pair of jeans, with the label still on, fall out. I pick them up and remember I bought them last week. They are EXACTLY THE SAME AS THE ONES I’VE JUST BOUGHT!


Back at my computer I check my emails. The agent one is still there and I open it sulkily: “the round table isn’t keen on your concept and doesn’t think it’ll sell”. Round table? What is she, bloody King Arthur?

Welcome to the dark side
of chick lit
I open Twitter to pour out my woes: Rejected again #wip #submission #reject #author Might hit the bottle later.

I glance at clock to see if this idea is doable. Almost mid-day, a little early, even for me!

I notice I’ve lost three followers. Really depressed now. I call my friend and tell her all about my horrendous morning. She can’t really talk because her house was burgled last night, and the police are there taking statements. Still, she could have been a little more sympathetic, selfish cow.

At the computer I open The Scene.

You know, it reads really good now. Think I’ll keep it after all.


  1. Is this what you're day is really like Louise? lol,lol,lol.

  2. Excellent post! I think you've encapsulated the mission of this blog and our challenge.

  3. Hi, Louise. I was going to ask about your day, but now I already know! :)
    My only question is: what is "me time"?
    Take care.


  4. Thanks Anon (wish people wouldn't be so shy!) and James. "Me time" is just that; taking time out for yourself. Doing what YOU want without feeling guilty.

  5. Reading your post I had a feeling of deja vu. I swear it's as if it was my morning (one when I don't have to go to work and write instead).

    Though I usually warn people if I feel my edits might be a bit harsh. I once almost murdered a character with my comments, but he was changing his mind every three paragraphs, he deserved it!

  6. lol Jane, glad I'm not the only one who has days like that!

    Yes, I wish some writers would understand editors have a job to do and that is to make their work BETTER. It isn't personal.

  7. Struggling to get out of bed, late nights, and procrastination? Sounds very, very familiar.

    Also the no food and lots of coffee bit…we must be attuned :P

    I think the misery is part of being a writer, it’s not always the words that have to change sometimes its your outlook.

  8. You novelists are all the same - constantly gloating over your glamorous lifestyles!

  9. This gave me a good laugh and it was enjoyable to read. I've had a couple of rejection letters and those have only helped! I too love my 'me time'-a day doesn't go by without it! Thanks for the post!

  10. OMG, I laughed so hard! Sorry you had such a tough day, but your ability to capture it in such hilarious detail is totally a tribute to your writing skills. Phooey on the agent who rejected you. S/he doesn't have a clue!