How to Author: Work Ethic

Dedication is what separates the amateur from the professional. This is a real job. It needs to be treated as such.


What’s your writing regimen?

Why don’t you brag about it in the comments?

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  1. Awesome as usual! Sounds kinda like my work day, although I am not yet a “professional author”, but a paper pusher at a company. Thankfully no one gives me hard time about it. For now.

  2. I follow a regimen too. It’s the only way to complete work but mine is more scattered because of my PT job and kid’s school. I also have a partner I write with, which helps me. We do 2 sprints of 40 ea per day. What about weekends? Do you follow a different or similar regimen?

  3. We have the same schedule! It’s a miracle. Now I don’t feel so terribly alone…and rested.

  4. Wow. Thank you. I’m always looking for inspiration and tips on motivation/productivity, and this was so helpful. Just the kick in the pants I needed. I’ve been getting down on myself for getting off-course over things like snow days and migraines, but I think I can get back to a schedule like this if I buckle down and get my head on straight.

    Again, thank you.

    (Usual, non-snow-day schedule: Butt in chair at 9, writing sprints with friends until 11:30… lots of late starts and “networking” on Facebook, plus coffee breaks… lunch… back to work at 1 until the kids come home at 3.)

  5. i put the blinders n, roll down the shades, sit at the computer…oh look..have to do this dishes. Be right back

  6. That is truly inspiring. Honestly. Standing ovation for you!

  7. So funny! You just kill me, Ben. My cheeks actually hurt from watching all these videos.

  8. I love your videos! Always good for a laugh. My writing schedule is wake up, feed the cats, myself, coffee (x2 cups)…write then lunch, then blogging/social media for an hour (more coffee). I tend to get sucked into Pinterest and Twitter. This past week I’ve been judging a writing contest (Query Kombat) so that’s cut into my writing time and since I’m a literary assistant at the Seymour Agency I have to do agency stuff too. In the afternoon I do chores (more coffee first), play with kitten, brush cats,make dinner and after dinner watch something on TV (iZombie is a current fave) and then write until bed around midnight. I don’t watch much TV but have a few TV shows I do on Netflix. I don’t do a word count but try and do a chapter a day.

  9. My introduction to your work? This video. Caught me off guard but HILARIOUS! Good stuff and all too true.

  10. Thx for my morning giggle with coffee, Ben! I work with realtors. Their schedule is like yours. You have the makings of a great agent. Sip.

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